Durant on ‘legend’ LeBron: ‘He gets to hold the cards’

Kevin Durant gestures during his tour of NBA Academy in Greater Noida near New Delhi, India. (Altaf Qadri/AP)

After reports of LeBron Jamesintentions to leave Cleveland surfaced on Wednesday, the Twitterverse took up the brave task of debating the four-time MVP’s best course of action.

Among the points discussed was whether or not the Cavaliers should look to trade their leading man – a tall task considering James’ current three-year deal comes with a no-trade clause.

Either way, fellow NBA superstar Kevin Durant wasn’t having any of it.

The Golden State Warriors forward took to Twitter on Wednesday to weigh in on James’ situation, offering up some hefty praise for his recent NBA Finals rival. Said Durant in response to one Tweet arguing for a trade:

While Durant gave James certified “legend” status, he did take a few shots at the Cavaliers organization, calling back to the last time the club lost James:

Those three picks didn’t come by way of a trade, of course. Cleveland earned them the old fashioned way: dropping down the standings and snagging the first-overall pick in 2011, 2013 and 2014 – three of the four years James spent in Miami after signing with the Heat as a free agent.

The Cavaliers drafted Kyrie Irving in 2011, and Canadians Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins in 2013 and 2014. Bennett and Wiggins were shipped to Minnesota in a package for forward Kevin Love after James returned to Cleveland. With James, Irving and Love, the Cavs have appeared in the last three NBA Finals, winning once in 2016.

Well played, Kevin. Well played.