LeBron James made one of the biggest splashes in free agent history for the second time since 2010 when he decided to leave the Miami Heat to join the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team he left the Heat for back in 2010.
James signed a two-year deal with the Cavaliers, meaning he will become an unrestricted free agent for the third time in 2016. That has led many to speculate about the future of James and the 2013-2014 league MVP, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant because Durant can become an unrestricted free agent at the same time. Durant and James are friends, which has caused many to discuss the possibility of playing together.
Whether or not they want to play together won’t stop nearly every team in the league from pursuing Durant. The hometown Washington Wizards (Durant was born in Washington, D.C.) and New York Knicks were the first names to come to mind with Durant, but Tim Kawakami of The San Jose Mercury News explains how the Golden State Warriors could get involved as well.
The Warriors would have to part ways with forward Andre Iguodala or center Andrew Bogut and either trade power forward David Lee or simply let his contract run out after the next two seasons.
Durant averaged 27.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 50.3% from the field, 39.1% from beyond the arc and 87.3% from the free throw line during the regular season. Then, he averaged 32.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 46.0% from the floor, 34.4% from beyond the arc and 81.0% from the charity stripe in the postseason.