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Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant thinks LeBron James made the right move in free agency by leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.
James signed a four-year, $153.5 million deal with the Lakers, ending his run in the Eastern Conference to take his talents to the rugged Western Conference.
Durant, who has beaten James and the Cavs in two straight Finals, says his pal James made “the perfect move.”
“I loved it,” Durant told Marc J. Spears of ESPN. “I absolutely loved it. I thought it was the perfect decision, perfect move. Did everything you were supposed to do in Cleveland. I think this is a perfect next step for him and he’s kind of breaking down the barriers of what an NBA superstar is supposed to be. It’s going to make his book even more interesting when it’s done.”
James led the Cavs to four straight Finals appearances in his second stint with Cleveland. The Cavs won it all in 2016 over the Warriors, becoming the first team in NBA history to erase a 3-1 series deficit.
LeBron finishes his Cavs’ career with averages of 27.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists. His run of eight consecutive Finals is likely over now, as the Warriors are clearly the best team in the NBA.
Many have questioned James’ move to the Lakers. The roster is nowhere near ready to compete for a championship and the Lakers might even struggle to make the playoffs, considering James is surrounded by a lot of young players and guys who don’t really fit well next to him.
After James signed with the Lakers, LA added Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Michael Beasley.
Rondo and Stephenson aren’t good jump shooters, a trait players should have when playing next to James because he’s a great passer and collapses the paint on his drives to the basket. It’s fair to say there won’t be much floor spacing for the Lakers when Rondo, Stephenson and James are playing together.
Lonzo Ball shot just 36.0 percent from the field and 30.5 percent from three during his rookie season. He’s currently recovering from a torn meniscus, but is expected to be ready for training camp.
Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart all have bright futures in the NBA, but how long will it take them to be ready for a playoff battle mentally and physically? If the Lakers make the playoffs this season, it’s doubtful all three will play well.
James is 33-years-old and turns 34 in December. How many more years does he have left of being the best player on the planet? He’s played in eight straight Finals, and even though his body is built like Superman, the wear and tear of all those games will eventually catch up to James.
The Warriors are likely going to win their third straight championship in 2018-19, which would give Stephen Curry his fourth ring and Durant his third. With James taking his talents to the West, there’s a chance he might not play in a Finals ever again.