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Cavs explored pairing LeBron James and Kevin Durant in summer of 2016

Cavs explored pairing LeBron James and Kevin Durant in summer of 2016

On June 19, 2016, the Cavs beat the Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. 

Just over two weeks later, Kevin Durant announced that he was signing with Golden State.

The reigning two-time Finals MVP ultimately considered six teams -- Warriors, Thunder, Celtics, Spurs, Clippers, and Heat.

The Cavs didn't make the final cut, but not because they didn't try.

ESPN's Zach Lowe has the details:

In late June 2016, just days after winning one of the most thrilling and historically significant NBA Finals in history, David Griffin, then the Cleveland Cavaliers' GM, gathered his staff and gave them a directive: Explore ways to get Kevin Durant.  

Everyone knew even getting a meeting was a long shot. They would have to gut most of their roster around LeBron James to acquire Durant. But they had to at least do their due diligence.

As we all know, Durant didn't give the Cavs a meeting. But Griffin confirmed to Lowe that the Cavs at least tried.

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In a couple of months, KD will be a free agent again. This time around, will he seriously consider teaming up with LeBron in Los Angeles?

It seems unlikely, but don't rule anything out.

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Chris Paul refutes multiple reports he demanded Rockets trade him

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Chris Paul refutes multiple reports he demanded Rockets trade him

The rumors started eight days ago. All-Star point guard Chris Paul "wants out" of Houston, Stephen A. Smith reported.

Since then, there have multiple reports of chaos within the Rockets organization, one that even stated Paul's relationship with NBA MVP James Harden is 'unsalvageable.'

But on Sunday, Paul tried to put all those rumors to bed.

“I never asked for a trade,” Paul told The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen. “I never demanded a trade.”

Trading Paul would be difficult for Rockets general manager Daryl Morey. Paul still is owed more than $124 million over the next three seasons, and finding a team that can take on that kind of salary for an aging point guard would be tough.

As for the reported rift with Harden, Paul claimed he's not unhappy in his current situtation.

“I’ll be in Houston,” Paul told Feigen. “I’m happy about that. I’m very happy about that. I’m good.”

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The Rockets gave the Warriors a good battle in each of the last two postseasons. With Golden State nursing its wounds during the 2019-20 season, this might be Houston's chance to pounce and get to the NBA Finals.

We'll find out over the next few weeks if Paul is telling the truth or if the whispers of his unhappiness actually were true.

NBA rumors: Kawhi Leonard 'seriously considering re-signing' with Raptors

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NBA rumors: Kawhi Leonard 'seriously considering re-signing' with Raptors

The Kawhi Leonard-Toronto Raptors marriage might not be a one-year fling after all.

Yahoo's Chris Haynes reported Sunday that the 2019 NBA Finals MVP will decline his $21.3 million player option for the 2019-20 season, but that Leonard is "seriously considering re-signing with the Raptors."

Most experts have been predicting that Leonard will bolt Toronto for one of the Los Angeles teams. But Haynes' reporting changes things a bit.

Haynes also reported that rival front-office executives view the Raptors as the favorites to land Leonard.

The Raptors can offer Leonard a five-year, $190 million contract, according to Haynes.

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While the Warriors likely aren't in the mood for any Kawhi-related news, considering he just ended their bid for a three-peat, they have to be excited at the thought of Leonard not joining the Pacific Division.

Leonard put on a dominating performance against the Warriors in the NBA Finals, as he averaged 28.5 points and 9.8 rebounds over the six games.