NBA Rumor: Is LeBron James Recruiting Kevin Durant?

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Jan 21, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks the ball against Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. (Photo: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

Social media can make or break controversies that surround a public figure. NBA players tend to be nonchalant in handling their accounts, but their reputation as sports superstars make them targets of issues that could change the way their teams handle significant decisions. Anthony Davis is one name that will come to mind, but it's best to leave Unibrow on the side for a while.

One source recently found out that LeBron James just followed Kevin Durant on Instagram. To the average Joe, this might seem like an innocent move, but to those who are in the know, this can fuel talks and murmurs. easymoneysniper will be a free agent this summer and kingjames is looking for someone to back him up in Los Angeles. If this is the case, then LeBron may be up to something.

Another website sees the follow as the start of James' "recruiting process." It's a subtle practice, to say the least, but there is a possibility that LeBron is finding a way to have KD wear the Purple and Gold uniform. "Druantula" will be an unrestricted free agent if he waives his player option with the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers meanwhile, will have around $38million to spend this summer.

In another perspective, several "people in the NBA" are not expecting Durant to re-sign with the Warriors "no matter what happens" to them in the Playoffs. They are currently facing the Rockets, with Durant fresh off a stellar 38-point first half barrage against the Los Angeles Clippers.

One point person also said that KD is still the Lakers' "top free agent priority." The team is also targeting New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis, but both superstars are also linked to the New York Knick as their next team. Rumor has it that the Knicks can trade for Davis should they land the No. 1 pick in the Draft Lottery while offering Durant a max contract in the process.

The future of the Lakers is still standing on a rocky boat. LeBron and company didn't exactly fair well this season, and fingers pointed to several factors that caused their early exit. LA will have to make key decisions this summer: find a new head coach to replace Luke Walton and President of Basketball Operations that was vacated by Magic Johnson. Also, they are on "second or third" place as prime destinations of Durant, Klay Thompson, and Kawhi Leonard. Signing one of them will turn the tide in favor of Los Angeles and should be a welcoming name beside LeBron.

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