Rumor: Kevin Durant Won’t Join Lakers Because of LeBron James

Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers look on in the second quarter in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 7, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers look on in the second quarter in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 7, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Kevin Durant will not be a Laker as long as LeBron James calls the Staples Center home. That’s according to Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News.

While appearing on Yahoo Sports’ NBA podcast with Chris Mannix, Medina chimed in on potential Durant free agency destinations, and according to his insight, Laker Nation can delete the Kevin Durant in purple and gold photoshops.

“I am willing to make a bet on Kevin Durant. I don’t see him going to the Lakers whatsoever, and I think the reason with that has to do with LeBron James,” said Medina. “Now, he holds LeBron James in very high regard. You know, they have a good relationship, but LeBron’s the guy that he wants to compete for with championships and legacy.”

Medina also touched on the fact that if Durant and James were to team up the narrative about James mentoring Durant would not sit well with the Warriors star. “As much as he respects LeBron James, he’s his contemporary. It’s not like Kevin Durant is this younger player. And I think, whether it’s coming from LeBron or just the national narrative, I don’t think he would take kindly to this whole idea that LeBron would this kind of mentor figure.”

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SOURCE:  Chris Ross
USA Today / LebronWire