Report: LeBron James texted Kevin Durant about teaming up on Lakers
LeBron James appears to want to join the Lakers – but with another star.
What about luring Kevin Durant from the Warriors?
Stephen A. Smith on ESPN:
This was always a long shot. Durant has said for months he’ll stay with Golden State.
But it was worth trying.
Durant is better than George and Leonard (definitely considering Leonard’s health issues and maybe even ignoring those). Plus, nabbing Durant would weaken LeBron’s main competition.
There was even a pitch to be made:
If I'm LeBron, here's the move: Call KD, explain you know the value of going to a winning franchise and learning, but also that you know building your own team is far more rewarding. Tell KD he's ready to graduate and they can partner to build the Lakers.— Dan Feldman (@DanFeldmanNBA) June 9, 2018
But convincing Durant he and LeBron would truly partner is a tough sell. Durant is a regular basketball superstar. LeBron is a megastar unlike anyone we’ve ever seen. He’s not only a great player, but a publicity force who transcends sports.
But over a larger sample, including the 2018 playoffs, LeBron proved his on-court superiority. I think even Durant knows that.
Maybe Durant eventually leaves the Warriors. They certainly joked plenty about it. But I doubt he’s ready to embrace becoming even more of a villain by teaming up with LeBron in Los Angeles now.