There's going to be ongoing debate about whether that was a good trade for either team, but we're not interested in that — we're a Golden State Warriors site. Obviously, the one thing that comes to the minds of Warriors fans when seeing that trade: what does it mean for the pursuit of free-agent-to-be Kevin Durant?
Moving Serge Ibaka out of OKC is gonna make upcoming meetings with Kevin Durant a LOT more interesting. #Warriors just got more charming.— Monte Poole (@MontePooleCSN) June 24, 2016
The big question to answer in terms of how this will affect the Warriors is simple: what does Durant think about the deal?
Well after a wait that seemed like centuries in internet time, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman tweeted that this has no bearing on Durant's free agency decision.
Kevin Durant has not indicated any type of lean toward the Thunder, leaving or staying. Ibaka trade was made independent of that, I'm told.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 24, 2016
Yet while that may be true, there might be a reason to believe that Durant would like the deal: he once compared Victor Oladipo, a principal piece in that trade, to Dwyane Wade, according to Joshua Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.
So what does the Thunder's trade mean for the Warriors? Not much, aside from the fact that it takes away an advantage the Thunder had in the 2016 Western Conference Finals.
OKC didnt lose to GS bc of SG void, they almost won because of their versatile super-athletic big men. That's why i dont like trading Ibaka.— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) June 24, 2016