Forgive Kevin Durant for not being excited about the report that LeBron James will consider meeting with the Golden State Warriors when he explores free agency this summer. He knows not what he does to your excitement.
In response to a story from ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes that, at its core, stated James would be probably, maybe, most likely open to taking a meeting with Golden State this summer, Durant had this to say, per 95.7FM The Game:
What was Kevin Durant’s first thought when he saw report of LeBron James being willing to meet with #Warriors in free agency?
— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) February 1, 2018
Yup, that about sums this up.
To be absolutely certain, Haynes is among the NBA’s most trustworthy reporters. We shouldn’t doubt his sources, not even for a minute. And why should we? We know LeBron wants to win championships—that he believes he needs more titles to catch up to Michael Jordan in the greatest-of-all-time debate.
Latching on to the Warriors’ championship machine would certainly help him drive up his ring count as he enters the twilight of his career. Pencil him in for high-quality season with some version of this Golden State, and we’re probably talking about three or four more titles. So, yes, we should absolutely understand whatever push and pull the Warriors have over James, however slight, even though he currently represents their arch NBA Finals nemesis in the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Yet, as Durant so eloquently put, this is all bullshit until it happens. The Warriors have so many hoops to jump through—mainly having to come to grips with trading Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston while getting Durant himself to accept another pay cut—before they can realistically be slotted in the LeBron discussion. We should all chill on this rumor until it even begin to broaches the realm of possibility.