Kevin Durant shuts down rumor that LeBron James recruited him

Did LeBron James try to recruit Kevin Durant to ditch the Golden State Warriors and join him on the Los Angeles Lakers? According to Durant, not at all.

In June, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith reported that James had texted Durant about the two joining forces. On Tuesday, Durant stated in no uncertain terms that the report was not accurate.

“He** no. … That was all false. All false. 100 percent false,” Durant said, per Mark Medina of The Mercury News. “He didn’t talk about none of that stuff.”

Don’t expect that this will be the end of it. Almost no matter what happens on the court, we’re certainly going to hear variations of this story through the season. It’s undeniably intriguing to think about LeBron and Durant joining forces on the Lakers.

But for now, it’s nothing more than a rumor.