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Report: LeBron James texted Kevin Durant about joining Lakers

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James reached out to two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant about the possibility of joining the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a report Thursday by Stephen A. Smith.

Smith said Thursday on ESPN’s “First Take” that he received two phone calls Wednesday evening revealing that James reached out to Durant about joining the Los Angeles Lakers.

“What I did hear was behind the scenes, Kevin Durant was like, ‘Why would I do that? You know what? As far as I’m concerned, LeBron James is a big-time player, what have you, but the way I look at it, I should be perceived as best in the world.’ … Nevertheless, LeBron has been making calls and the one person … I’m told he reached out to was Kevin Durant,” Smith said Thursday. “Kevin Durant ain’t coming to L.A. ... He intends to surpass LeBron James.”

Durant, who will become a free agent this offseason, said in an interview in June with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that he plans to remain with the Golden State Warriors.

After more than a year of murmurs that James planned to move on from Cleveland at the end of his contract, the three-time Finals MVP will become a free agent if he chooses not to exercise his option with the Cavaliers. 

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