This is where half of you indignantly turn your nose up in faux maturity. “We’re a month away from the start of preseason! Why waste our time over some pipe-dream when we can enjoy the team we have?!?!” Relax. Take a deep breath. This is supposed to be fun. And half of the fun of sports is imagining the possibilities of new players on your team. Especially when the potential new player is one of the three most talented players in the league. So let’s have at it.
I’ve already discussed why the Rockets will, at the very least, be given token consideration. As they do every year, they’ll find the way to manufacture the cap space necessary to make this doable. And unlike the previous free agents they’ve recruited (Bosh, Carmelo, Aldridge), Durant is close with resident superstar James Harden. There isn’t even any cause this time around for the “do other stars hate Harden/Howard” doubts we’ve tried unsuccessfully to push from our minds after the previous failed attempts.* And that last post on this topic was before this became relevant:
Kevin Durant and Ty Lawson were AAU teammates! I mean, really, how perfect could that be? We already learned last year that AAU saves lives and is the greatest force for good in the free world. But now this, another connection. And it’s not even like Lawson and Durant played together but secretly hated each other, and carried over that hatred into their respective adulthoods while everyone else speculated they were friends. They are still friends! Here’s a quote from Lawson about Durant, from earlier this year:
“I’ve talked to him about it, but I probably can’t tell you what he said,” Lawson laughingly told CSNwashington.com when the Nuggets visited last month….
“We talked about it. Everybody going home and playing for their respective cities,” Lawson said. “It would be cool, especially playing with the people you grew up with. I grew up with KD. It would be fun to play with them on one team.”
Wait, that might actually be bad for the point I’m trying to make here. Never mind. But the point is, the two persons in questions converse in the present day. And through Google, I found some other quotes that weren’t so interesting, but which also confirmed the two are still friends (ie: the discourse is of pleasant nature). So there you have it, folks. James Harden and Kevin Durant. Friends. James Harden and Ty Lawson. Friends, (though that one tweet a year or so ago about Harden’s defense was very mean-spirited). Kevin Durant and Ty Lawson. Friends. *Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard. Probably not the best of friends. (But I have to seriously question the social aptitude of anyone who thinks that simply because Durant called Dwight Howard a p**** in the heat of the moment, it unequivocally rules out any consideration the former might have given to playing in Houston, where the latter is employed. Is Dwight Howard, personally, unbearable to such a degree that one might avoid his team? Possibly. But one on-court incident, during a heated game, is not probative independently of such intent. I bring this up because I’ve seen so many fans in different corners of the internet cite that moment as a “I guess that means Durant won’t come here!” proof. Stop).