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Report: LeBron James texts Kevin Durant about joining him with Lakers

Report: LeBron James texts Kevin Durant about joining him with Lakers

So, if the Lakers can't land Kawhi Leonard (hello, Boston?) in order to help lure LeBron James to Los Angeles, is Kevin Durant the backup plan?

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith reports that James texted Durant about joining him with the Lakers. 

Later Thursday, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com shot down that report, and that James' move to L.A. was dependent on Leonard.

Now, LeBron's impending free agency has been well chronicled and he faces a deadline Friday to let the Cavs know if he'll opt out. Durant also holds a $26.25 million player option for next season. He told the Athletic back in March he'd be staying with Golden State when asked if he was 100 percent certain he'd be back with the Warriors. 

Here's a theory on what LeBron's pitch to Durant would be, via Dan Feldman of NBCSports.com's Pro Basketball Talk:

Durant was roundly criticized for joining a ready-made championship team when he went from the Oklahoma City Thunder to Golden State in 2016. Would starting from scratch - with Paul George as part of a Big Three - be more satisfying? 

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Did Grant Williams reveal his new Celtics jersey number on Instagram?

Did Grant Williams reveal his new Celtics jersey number on Instagram?

The Boston Celtics' roster is starting to take shape, which means one thing: It's time for the rookies to pick their real jersey numbers.

Grant Williams, who originally was assigned No. 40 with the Celtics, had digit decisions on the mind early Monday morning -- and may have settled on a choice.

Here's a screenshot from the No. 22 overall' pick's Instagram story:

Williams wore No. 2 at Tennessee, but that's not an option in Boston, where No. 2 is retired for legendary team president and coach Red Auerbach. It sounds like Williams is intent on taking No. 12, though.

That number is certainly available after Terry Rozier signed with the Charlotte Hornets in free agency this summer. No. 12 has gotten quite the use, too: 33 players have worn the number -- including Jerry Sichting, Dominique Wilkins, Chris Herron and Ricky Davis -- making it the most-used number in team history.

Williams played well enough in NBA Summer League to earn himself an official contract with Boston, and it seems he's ready to become a "real" member of the team by snagging the uniform of his choosing.

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Enes Kanter got creative to help Celtics fans forget Kyrie Irving

Enes Kanter got creative to help Celtics fans forget Kyrie Irving

For Boston Celtics fans seeking to erase the drama of the 2018-19 season from their collective memory, Enes Kanter is willing to help.

The new Celtics big man will wear No. 11, which was Kyrie Irving's number before he bolted for the Brooklyn Nets. So, what should C's fans do with all of those No. 11 Irving jerseys?

Make them No. 11 Kanter jerseys, obviously. In an Instagram post Saturday, Kanter rounded up photos of fans who "converted" their Irving jerseys to his own with the aid of some tape.

And guess who liked Kanter's post? One Jaylen Brown, who probably is happy to see Irving go after their rocky 2018-19 campaign together.

Kanter apparently is pushing this movement hard; he posted another video Sunday shouting out a kid at his basketball camp for making the No. 11 switch.

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The 27-year-old big man, who averaged 13.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game last season, doesn't have Irving's talent, but fans may find him an entertaining breath of fresh air compared to the moody Irving.

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