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Kevin Durant responds to tweet saying Cavs should trade LeBron

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Kevin Durant responds to tweet saying Cavs should trade LeBron

Kevin Durant was recently playing some pickup ball with LeBron James (see video below).

And on Wednesday afternoon, he reacted to a fan's opinion on what the Cavs should do with LeBron.

LeBron took his talents to South Beach in July 2010, and the Cavs landed the No. 1 overall pick in 2011 (Kyrie Irving), 2013 (Anthony Bennett) and 2014 (Andrew Wiggins).

Durant should have also mentioned that LeBron has a no-trade clause and that Dan Gilbert can't trade LeBron even if he wants to.

[RELATED: The report about LeBron's future with Cavs is reportedly '100 percent false']

Also, why would LeBron waive his no-trade clause and agree to be shipped to a team that is going to have to relinquish many assets just to get LeBron?

He can simply play this season out and then determine his future next summer.

The only question that needs to be answered at this point is: Will the Cavs actually trade Kyrie Irving or will they hold out and hope for a reconciliation?

Enjoy the video...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

The report about LeBron's future with Cavs is reportedly '100 percent false'

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The report about LeBron's future with Cavs is reportedly '100 percent false'

OK. So here's what happened.

At 12:42pm on Wednesday afternoon, Chris Sheridan tweeted the following:

About 35 minutes later, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com weighed in:

You probably already know this, but LeBron James can opt out of his contract next summer and become a free agent.

After the Cavs won the title in 2016, he signed a three-year deal worth $99,857,127 -- which included a player option in Year 3.

Since the moment the Warriors beat Cleveland in this year's Finals (and even before that really), people have been speculating about LeBron's future.

There are many in NBA circles who believe he will be rocking a Lakers uniform in 2018-19.

Then of course there's the whole "Kyrie Irving wants to be traded because he doesn't want to play with LeBron anymore" variable.

And if you're thinking to yourself, "The Cavs should trade LeBron instead of Kyrie," that's not really possible because LeBron possesses a no-trade clause.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski wrote on Tuesday:

As the Cleveland Cavaliers deliberate on deals to move All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, the franchise is operating under a self-prescribed mandate: presume a future without LeBron James.

The Cavs aren't giving up on the possibility of re-signing James next summer, but they are no longer investing blind faith in the hope he will stay.

Needless to say, the next 11 months are going to be a roller coaster...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

NBA announces Warriors' opening night, Christmas day opponents

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NBA announces Warriors' opening night, Christmas day opponents

The Warriors will not have to wait long to see the new-look Rockets. 

The defending champions will raise their fifth championship banner at Oracle Arena and receive their championship rings on Tuesday, Oct. 17 before they take on James Harden, Chris Paul and the rest of an improved Houston team. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. PT. 

For the third consecutive year, NBA Christmas will be highlighted by a NBA Finals rematch. And for the third straight year, that will be the Warriors playing the Cavaliers. 

Golden State is hosting Cleveland as they make their fifth straight national television appearance on Christmas. 

The Warriors own a 4-0 record in home openers following a championship and are 11-15 overall on Christmas. They lost both their season opener and Christmas Day matchup last season.