Kevin Durant (right) and LeBron James converse during a break in play in the second quarter of the Golden State Warriors’ win over James’ Los Angeles Lakers on April 4, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (TNT screenshot)

Conversation between LeBron James, Kevin Durant stokes speculation

Free-agent-to-be Kevin Durant has mid-game sideline chat with Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James

LOS ANGELES — Midway through the second quarter of Thursday’s 108-90 win by the Golden State Warriors over the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant and resting Lakers star LeBron James — done for the rest of the season — took some time during a break in play to have a confab. At least, it seemed that way.

TNT cameras caught Durant, the Warriors’ two-time NBA Finals MVP, and James on the sidelines, with their hands over their mouths, grinning. It was unclear what words — if any — were exchanged, or if the two meant to in some way troll an NBA fan community wondering where Durant will sign this offseason.

After signing a one-plus-one deal with Golden State this past summer, speculation has run rampant about where Durant would head, if he — as many speculate — leaves Golden State after this season. New York has been the most consistent among teams mentioned in connection with Durant, but Los Angeles is still looking for another superstar to complement James.

Earlier this winter, Durant bristled at the speculation by several media outlets, but was more jocular when asked about the interaction on Thursday.

“Everybody wants to know what we’re talking about,” Durant said after the game, in which he scored 15 points in just shy of 29 minutes, going 5-of-7 from the field and dishing out a team-high eight assists. “It wasn’t even that serious. We were laughing and joking and catching up. Everybody’s so interested, and they’re trying to figure it out. They’re so infatuated with it. It’s fun, I guess. People can try and figure that out.”

Even TNT got in on stoking speculation.

James, who will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005, is taking the summer to make Space Jam 2, and some on Twitter speculated that he was merely asking Durant to be his co-star. Durant supposed that James will take the summer to work on his body, rest, and work on his game.

“I know it’s going to be a little bit weird for him, so I may want to ask him about it,” Durant said.

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