Kevin Durant says LeBron James ‘is Cleveland’ and Cavs ‘can’t trade a legend’


In June, Kevin Durant, right, helped a Warriors unseat LeBron James and a Cavaliers. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

LeBron James might or might not be “100 percent” certain to leave Cleveland after this season, yet a Cavaliers are reportedly already scheming for life yet a King. According to Kevin Durant, James has some-more than warranted a right to foreordain a terms of any probable departure.


Durant was replying to a tweet Wednesday from rapper Lil Dicky, who said, “If I’m Cleveland, I’m one thousand percent trade LeBron.” James indeed has a no-trade proviso in his contract, that also gives him a ability to opt out in 2018, yet a Warriors brazen took a twitter during face value, saying that a Cavs “can’t trade a legend.”

“He is Cleveland, he gets to reason a cards,” Durant added.

James, of course, hails from circuitously Akron, Ohio, and it roughly seemed preordained when a Cavs initial landed him as a No. 1 altogether collect in 2003. After streamer Cleveland to its first NBA Finals coming in 2007, he dumbfounded fans by defecting to a Heat in 2010, yet he returned in 2014 and said, “What’s many critical for me is bringing one prize behind to Northeast Ohio.”

That goal was achieved in 2016, when James led a Cavs to a intolerable quip from a 3-1 necessity to a Warriors in a Finals, giving a authorization a initial NBA pretension and Cleveland a initial major-sports championship in 52 years. As it incited out, Golden State’s improved led to a group recruiting Durant in giveaway agency, nonetheless he was widely criticized for withdrawal a Thunder to join an already absolute squad.

In fact, one Twitter user responded to Durant’s “legend” acknowledgement by job him “the biggest doormat to step feet in a NBA.” The forward, who won 2017 Finals MVP honors this year while assisting a Warriors get punish on James’s Cavs, took a kill-them-with-kindness proceed to that insult.

Durant afterwards returned to his sell with Lil Dicky, who had remarkable the acrimony between Cavs owners Dan Gilbert and James over a latter’s 2010 exit in giveaway agency. “If I’m Gilbert, I’m removing something behind this time,” a rapper said.

“I feel what you’re saying,” Durant replied. “Most owners consider that way, yet afterwards we comprehend it’s LeBron James.”

Lil Dicky’s comments might have been spurred by a twitter Wednesday from Chris Sheridan, a former NBA contributor who claimed, “This will be LeBron’s final deteriorate in Cleveland. He is 100 percent leaving. Relationship with owners over repair.”

Cleveland-based sports reporters such as Fox 8’s John Telich and Plain Dealer kick author Joe Vardon described Sheridan’s twitter as “speculation” and “100 percent false,” respectively, yet Sheridan was frequency a initial to during slightest advise that James was streamer into his final deteriorate with a Cavs. The NBA gossip indent has had a four-time MVP eyeing Los Angeles, where he owns a home, and Cleveland ensure Kyrie Irving’s new trade direct reportedly was motivated, during slightest in part, by a enterprise to rush to a improved conditions before James himself does.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, whose NBA intel is frequency discharged as “100 percent false,” wrote Tuesday that as Cleveland ponders what to do about Irving, it is “operating underneath a self-prescribed mandate: assume a destiny without LeBron James.” He added, “The Cavs aren’t giving adult on a probability of re-signing James subsequent summer, yet they are no longer investing blind faith in a wish he will stay.”

The increasingly pervasive clarity that James has during slightest one feet out a doorway in Cleveland expected sensitive Lil Dicky’s idea that a group “blow it up” before a many critical actor does it for them. History told Durant, though, that even that darkest of clouds for a Cavs could have a china lining.

Durant is scold that, in James’s four-year absence, Cleveland won a NBA breeze lottery 3 times. Irving was one of those picks and a Cavs used a other dual players, Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, to assistance pitch a trade for maestro brazen Kevin Love and emanate a championship-caliber “Big Three.”

Now, if a Cavs trade divided Irving and if James departs in 2018, they won’t have any of their 4 No. 1 altogether picks. Cleveland fans will, however, have happy memories of a hugely successful stretch, one that should concrete James as, to use Durant’s term, “a legend.”

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