All it takes is one photo for the NBA rumour mill to go into overdrive, and to send fans into a complete meltdown.
The photo just so happened to include Cleveland guard Cedi Osman, Golden State’s Kevin Durant, Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard, and LA’s LeBron James, as well as some close friends.
The 2018-19 NBA season doesn’t kick off until mid-October, so it’s not uncommon to see basketball players catching up for open gym sessions.
But for stars of this calibre to be captured on the same court sent fans wild.
The two new players of the Lakeshow next Sumner. KD and Kawhi
— Manny (@KOTM562) August 21, 2018
This makes every team represented in this photo very nervous.
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) August 21, 2018
New LA Lakers next year? 🤔
— Jordan Haynes (@ToxicLegend11) August 21, 2018
The photo was taken at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), close to the base of Lebron’s new team, the LA Lakers, and Durant’s Warriors.
But it’s certainly nowhere near Kawhi Leonard’s Toronto base, nor for Cedi Osman’s Cleveland headquarters.
Seeing James welcome Durant and Leonard to Los Angeles–clearly with no ulterior motives–will probably put a smile on Magic Johnson’s face.
With James locked into a four-year contract signed this offseason, the Lakers could be in position to chase both Leonard, a free agent next season, and Durant, who could be available if he declines a player option with the Warriors.
Right now, the Lakers basically have James and a promising young core.
Free agency next offseason will likely be the Lakers’ big chance to acquire the talent they need to make that leap forward.
Sure, Leonard could pull a Paul George and decide he actually does like Toronto and Durant could decide he just loves dominating the NBA with the Warriors.
But one afternoon workout is all that was needed to make the possibility of a Lakers superteam seem very real.
with Yahoo US.