Kevin Durant denies LeBron James recruiting him to Lakers last summer

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LeBron James reportedly texted Kevin Durant last summer about teaming up on the Lakers.

LeBron already put out word denying that, and now Durant is doing the same.

Durant, via Mark Medina of The Mercury News:

“Hell no.”

“That was all false. All false. 100 percent false,” Durant told Bay Area News Group. “He didn’t talk about none of that stuff.”

LeBron doesn’t want to be seen as having failed in his recruitment, so that could explain his denial. Another potential explanation: It’s the truth.

That could apply to Durant, too. It might be that simple.

A more fun theory: Durant will consider the Lakers in free agency next year, and he wants to deemphasize already turning them down once.