Kevin Durant may have turned into the Cleveland Cavaliers’ biggest nemesis, but he strongly believes the Cavs will remain the Golden State Warriors’ biggest challenger.
OK, that’s not exactly what Durant said during an interview on a podcast hosted by Bill Simmons of The Ringer — but close.
Like so many national media members, Simmons argued James will bolt Cleveland in free agency following the season. Durant, on the other hand, bet James will stay.
“I personally always said he was staying,” Durant told Simmons. “I told him this. That’s me. I feel like he’s going to end it in Cleveland. That’s his crib now. He runs it and he’s gonna turn it into something mega when he’s done. He’s going to do something.”
Durant is coming off his first championship, as his Warriors defeated the Cavs in five games in the Finals.
But the Cavs have shifted some parts around James this summer — finalizing a trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and two draft picks, including Brooklyn’s first-rounder in 2018. The Cavs also landed Derrick Rose and Jeff Green as key free-agent signings.
James has made seven straight appearances in the Finals, including three straight with the Cavs. He grew up and currently resides down the road in Akron.
Sources have told Amico Hoops that James is pleased with the team’s offseason moves so far.