Report: Kevin Durant Will Not Join Lakers Because of LeBron James

Jun 8, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) react in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant doesn’t want to be “mentored” 

On the latest edition of Yahoo Sports’ Chris Mannix podcast, Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News says there is no possible way that Kevin Durant and LeBron James will be teaming up in 2019.  “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 is LeBron James” Medina stated.  “Now he holds LeBron James in very high regard. You know they have a good relationship, but LeBron’s a guy he wants to compete with for championships and legacy.”

It is no secret that Kevin Durant cares how he is viewed by the public and how his legacy will be perceived thirty years from now. Joining forces in Los Angeles with LeBron could be worse for his legacy, than his famous signing to Golden State was. You have to believe that KD would rather stack up his own championships, compared to the alternative of helping add to LeBron’s collection.

Medina went on to add how joining Lebron would just continue to bolster to the argument that he is afraid of being “the man”, something Kevin hates.  The most shocking part of this podcast, however, was when Medina began to speak on how the public would spin the two legends relationship. “As much as he respects LeBron James, he is his contemporary.  It’s not like Kevin Durant is the younger player. And I think, whether it’s coming from LeBron James or the national narrative, I don’t think he would take kindly to this idea that LeBron would be some kind of mentor figure.”

From KD’s perspective, this does make sense.  The national media would easily create an image where LeBron was the mentor or big brother type to Kevin.  KD doesn’t seem to want his legacy tarnished any more than it already has been.  So for now, the theories that the two will wreak havoc on the league together can be put to rest — LeBron will have to find someone else to team up with next summer.  This is just another superstar that reportedly doesn’t want to play with LeBron.  It will be very interesting to see how the summer of 2019 will affect the legacies of both LeBron and Kevin.