How keen would LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers be to haul away superstar Kevin Durant from the Golden State Warriors this year?
The NBA rumor mill is destined to keep churning until the trade deadline arrives in a few weeks. The hottest name among the NBA rumor mill at this point of the regular season, and since the free agency period ended last off-season, was the Golden State Warriors superstar forward and former Texas Longhorns basketball standout Kevin Durant.
In the summer of 2019, Kevin Durant is set to become a free agent if he so chooses to opt out. The Warriors obviously want to retain Durant the best they can. But, the opportunity seems great for Durant to take his talents elsewhere and pursue other goals that are different than when he originally departed the Oklahoma City Thunder a few years back.
The relationship between Kevin Durant and the Lakers superstar leader LeBron James for this topic started back in the summer of 2018. James reportedly texted Durant about joining the Lakers along with him back in June 2018.
Bleacher Report released an article about the possibility of Kevin Durant becoming the first player from Golden State to “jump ship” to join LeBron and the Lakers. It is certainly a possibility for Durant and LeBron to want to team up to form a new “super team” in the Western Conference with one of the biggest brand names in the NBA.
However, Bleacher Report did mention in that piece that the likeliest of the superstars from the Warriors to join the Lakers this off-season is the talented center DeMarcus Cousins. If he can stay healthy, Cousins remains as one of the most versatile talents in the front court of any big man in the NBA today.
The other name mentioned in that piece that could leave the Warriors for the Lakers is the sharpshooting guard Klay Thompson. After a huge night in which Thompson drained a whopping 10-three pointers in a row, the Lakers seemingly would love to have him aboard.
That matchup against the Lakers on Jan. 22 proved how far that team is behind the Warriors right now. LeBron knows he needs to get another superstar in the mix with the Lakers to even have a shot at contending with the Warriors in the Western Conference.
That Jan. 22 matchup between these two teams delivered a 19-point victory in favor of Golden State. Open shots and a newly founded defensive strength and floor spacing with Cousins back in the mix returning from an injury showed the might of this team.
Golden State has a plethora of talent this season that won’t be able to stick around forever. The Lakers should at least have the opportunity to pry one of the three aforementioned stars away from the Warriors in free agency this coming off-season, including the former Longhorns standout Kevin Durant.