Cavs Rumors: LeBron James Has Texted Kevin Durant About Teaming Up

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The idea of Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James leaving in free agency to join the Los Angeles Lakers isn’t a new story, having been mentioned a great deal over the past year. However, a new report suggests that James has communicated with Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant about both players joining the Los Angeles Lakers.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith offered this bit of information on his daily show, “First Take”:

“I got two phone calls last night after hours with folks telling me that LeBron James reached out to Kevin Durant … via text about coming to Los Angeles. I don’t know what Kevin Durant’s response to him was.”

The fact that James hasn’t given any indication about where he might actually end up signing means that any information presented will garner plenty of attention.

Durant said earlier in the month that he was planning on re-signing with the Warriors. After winning two championships there in his two seasons with the team, it seems unlikely that he would leave that situation for the uncertainty of playing in Los Angeles.

While there’s no guarantee that James will re-sign with the Cavaliers, the only certainty in the next three days before free agency begins on Sunday is that more rumors will circulate. Which ones turn out to be accurate won’t be determined until both players make their final decisions, with Durant’s choice seemingly already made.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.