LeBron James reportedly sent a text message to Kevin Durant about playing together on the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018-19. ESPN's Stephen A. Smith reported this on First Take earlier this morning.
The Durant-LeBron conversation has since been shot down by other reporters - Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon tweeted "He didn't text KD" - but Smith is sticking by his report. Smith appeared on SportsCenter and stuck by his sources, saying the Durant-LeBron text exchange did indeed happening.
LeBron is trying to assemble a team that can take down the Warriors, Smith said, and the best way to do that would be to get Durant to join him in Los Angeles.
Don't worry, though, opponents of NBA superteams. This Durant-LeBron pairing in Los Angeles isn't going to happen.
Smith said on SportsCenter that Durant's response to LeBron's text was simply to smirk and laugh and say that it's not happening.
Durant doesn't need to leave Golden State, obviously. He's going to opt out of his contract and become a free agent, but he's all set on re-upping with the Warriors.
LeBron could be teaming up with another superstar in Los Angeles, though. The Lakers have engaged with San Antonio on a trade for Kawhi Leonard.
ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski has previously reported that a trade for Kawhi would basically clinch a commitment from LeBron.
So, as much as Lakers fans might be drooling over a potential Durant-LeBron pairing in L.A., it's looking like they could have the next best thing in LeBron and Kawhi.