Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

LeBron James Texted Kevin Durant About Coming to LA

LeBron James Texted Kevin Durant About Coming to LA

Another James preference that could impact free agency - assuming he chooses to opt out before Friday's deadline - is that he wants to make a decision quickly in July free agency, league sources said.

Spurs general manager RC Buford said Thursday the franchise would exhaust every avenue to keep Leonard and had no timetable for a deal, but ESPN's report Wednesday evening said the Lakers may be willing to send San Antonio an overwhelming offer.

James has done a phenomenal job of leading his teams to the NBA Finals year after year.

LeBron played all 82 games this season for the first time in his career while averaging 27.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game, and then he carried the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season with a roster that shouldn't have even gotten out of the first round.

It is still possible that James and George stick with their current teams, but teaming up in Los Angeles would make a lot of sense for both players. Also a native of Southern California, George has always been thought to be eyeing a chance to join the Lakers, but his time spent with Oklahoma City may have given him second thoughts about leaving Russell Westbrook and Co.

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Of course, if LeBron wants to build a team to dethrone the Warriors, taking away their best player would be a good start.

Some teams like the Suns, Bulls, or Magic have a decent amount of cap space (and no great point guards), but I would guess the Brooklyn Nets are the most likely destination. The team did not make a hard push to trade for him past year because of that thought, which could now backfire in more ways than one.

The Lakers are expected to also pursue All-Star forwards LeBron James and Paul George if they enter free agency, but the report states that James would be hesitant to commit to a deal with Los Angeles without assurances that other superstars will be joining him.

Earlier this month, former National Basketball Association star Gary Payton revealed that Bronny had "committed" to playing for Sierra Canyon, a prestigious private high school in the Los Angeles area.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant believes his path was more hard than that of Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star LeBron James. This would presumably make the Lakers' pitch to LeBron that much more enticing.

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