Kevin Durant Responds to Multiple Trash-Talking Fans on Twitter

Now that Kevin Durant has won a championship, he is taking the opportunity to get back at his critics.

The Golden State Warriors star took to Twitter Sunday night to respond to anyone calling him out, leaving a few interesting gems.

Many responses were aimed toward justifying his move in free agency this year:

Some were just random or mean:

He also explained why exactly he is spending his night talking to anyone who will listen:

Durant took home the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award to cap the Warriors’ incredible 16-1 run through the playoffs. After 10 years in the league, the 28-year-old finally has a championship to celebrate.

Although some people might not like the way he did it, it’s clear Durant just doesn’t care.

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Cavaliers Rumored to Be in ‘Very Early Stages’ of Paul George Trade Talks

The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking into a potential trade that could land them Paul George from the Indiana Pacers, according to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio.

While there have been discussions between the two teams, they are still in the “very early stages of making calls.” George is set to become a free agent after the 2017-18 season.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, George has already told the Pacers he intends to explore free agency in 2018 and prefers the Los Angeles Lakers.

This has caused Indiana president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard to aggressively seek a trade, with the Cavaliers being one of “several teams” to discuss deals for what could be a one-year rental.

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders believes odds are unlikely that George signs a long-term deal:

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com added the Lakers would prefer to simply wait for him to become a free agent instead of giving up assets in a trade.

The four-time All-Star is coming off statistically his best season, averaging a career-high 23.7 points per game on 46.1 percent shooting from the field. A move to Cleveland would help in the arms race against the Golden State Warriors after the squad lost the NBA Finals in five games this month.

This deal could also be similar to the move that brought Kevin Love to the Cavaliers before his contract ran out with the Minnesota Timberwolves, although Cleveland was forced to give up Andrew Wiggins in that trade.

Based on George’s ability, however, any movement could alter the NBA landscape for the upcoming season.

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Lakers Trade Rumors: LA Reportedly Won’t Flip Young Stars to Land Paul George

The Los Angeles Lakers won’t prioritize trading for Paul George over holding on to their promising young players, ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne reported Sunday. 

According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, George has informed the Indiana Pacers of his plans to opt out of his contract after the 2017-18 season, with the Lakers as his preferred next destination.

Shelburne reported the Lakers “do not currently intend to part with any of their young assets in a trade with the Pacers.”

 

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

 

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Paul George Reportedly Tells Pacers He Will Test Free Agency, Prefers Lakers

Paul George‘s future with the Indiana Pacers appears to be in doubt.

On Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported George told his team he plans to enter free agency in the summer of 2018 and prefers to play elsewhere. Wojnarowski noted league sources said the Los Angeles Lakers are George’s desired destination.

George’s deal for the 2018-19 season includes a player option, and Wojnarowski clarified his agent told the Pacers his plans so the organization can adjust accordingly moving forward. Since George wasn’t a member of an All-NBA team this past season, Indiana missed its opportunity to pay him a five-year, $207 million designated player veteran exception and can instead offer just $177 million.

The Lakers can’t match the money aspect with a four-year deal for $130 million, but George is a Southern California native and would essentially be coming back home.

The Pacers could look to trade him this offseason so they avoid losing such an impactful player for nothing, but they don’t have much leverage with the league aware of George’s desire to eventually join the Lakers. Other teams won’t want to give up much only to lose him next offseason, while Los Angeles can wait until the offseason and sign him without forfeiting assets in a trade.

George is a two-way star who can become the focal point of Los Angeles’ rebuilding efforts under president of basketball operations Magic Johnson. He can blossom for years to come alongside young players such as D’Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

George is only 27 years old but playoff-tested with 65 postseason games on his resume, many of which came in showdowns with LeBron James. He could offer veteran leadership, versatile defense, the ability to shoot the three or drive the lane and a go-to option on the offensive side as the Lakers attempt to rediscover their glory days following four straight seasons of fewer than 30 wins.

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Robert Horry Says LeBron James Doesn’t Need More Titles to Top Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan won six NBA titles during his career—three more than LeBron James currently owns—but the distinction doesn’t matter to Robert Horry.

“That don’t matter,” Horry said Sunday when discussing the role of rings in arguing who the best player of all time is, per TMZ Sports. “That’s why it’s a team sport.”

 

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Kyle Lowry Rumors: 76ers No Longer an Option After Reported Celtics Trade

The Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly out of the running for point guard Kyle Lowry, an impending unrestricted free agent, after reaching an agreement with the Boston Celtics to acquire the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft.

Marc Stein of ESPN.com provided the update on the Lowry sweepstakes Sunday. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported that the Sixers and Celtics are expected to finalize the deal for the No. 1 pick Monday and that Philly will select Washington point guard Markelle Fultz on Thursday.

In May, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Lowry was “interested” in playing for the Sixers and the front office was planning to offer him a “lucrative contract” in the offseason.

It’s an expansive option Philly no longer needs to consider assuming there are no last-minute issues with the Boston trade before it becomes final.

Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks across 25 games in his only collegiate season at Washington. His strong across-the-board production with the Huskies puts him in line to take on a massive role right away, eliminating the need for another point guard.

Michael Kaskey-Blomain of 247Sports considers it a win-win situation for the 76ers:

Meanwhile, Lowry should still command a max contract in free agency from either the Raptors or another organization.

Blake Murphy of Raptors Republic passed along comments Toronto president Masai Ujiri made about the situation last month.

“It’s our jobs to try and get Kyle to come back and do it the best way that we possibly can,” he said. “We want him back, he’s been a huge part of the success here, but what is to say Kyle doesn’t call me five days from now and says, ‘You know what, I’m not coming.’ Then whatever I’ve said here doesn’t mean anything. So yes, there is a domino effect there, and we have to make the right decision.”

The New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers are among the other teams that could look to upgrade at point guard during the summer.

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Ricky Rubio Trade Reportedly Discussed Internally by Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks front office has internally discussed trading for Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio this summer.

Mike Fisher of Scout.com reported the news, noting the team is also considering taking French point guard Frank Ntilikina with the ninth overall pick.

Rubio, 26, has been the subject of near-constant trade speculation since the Timberwolves selected Kris Dunn with the fifth pick last June. He responded with the best season of his NBA career, setting highs in points (11.1) and assists (9.1) while shooting at a 40-percent clip for the first time.

The numbers were All-Star worthy after the break, with Rubio averaging 16.0 points and 10.5 assists a night while continuing to play stellar defense on the other end. His March surge was enough to make a seemingly inevitable Rubio trade seem not so.

“We’re professionals, but we’re human beings, too,” Rubio said of the trade rumors around the deadline, per Jace Frederick of the Pioneer Press. “So we have feelings. But I know this is a business, so it has to be like that.”

The Mavericks have been on a search for their long-term point guard seemingly since the minute Steve Nash left more than a decade ago. They’ve shuffled through short-term veteran stopgaps, failed to develop young draftees and whiffed on their attempts to bring a big name in via free agency.

Dallas posted its first losing season since 1999-2000 last year and does not have much of a promising core. Harrison Barnes performed better than expected with his new max deal but isn’t a foundational player. Dirk Nowitzki is turning 39 Monday and is starting to show his age.

While Rubio is still relatively young, he’s mid-prime at the moment. Going to a Dallas team that’s much closer to a full-scale rebuild than a return to the playoffs would probably be a bad bet for both sides. 

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