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David Griffin: Cavs Tried to Pair Kevin Durant, LeBron James After 2016 Finals

David Griffin: Cavs Tried to Pair Kevin Durant, LeBron James After 2016 Finals
Published On: Tue, Mar 12
Feb 21, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

While theA Golden State WarriorsA changed the course ofA NBAA history by signingA Kevin DurantA in July 2016, theA Cleveland CavaliersA once dreamed of teaming the formerA Oklahoma City ThunderA star withA LeBron James.

Former Cleveland general manager David Griffin recently revealed to ESPN.com'sA Zach LoweA that the team explored signing Durant.

"I don't believe you can dream big enough in the NBA," Griffin told Lowe. "You have to go through the exercise."

Adding the former scoring champ would have required a teardown of a championship roster. But knowing there was a possibility the 2014 NBA MVP could join the 73-9 Warriors, Griffin wanted to explore every option.

Ultimately, though, Durant signed with Golden State, which proved costly for Cleveland.

He helped the Warriors defeat the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals in each of his first two seasons in the Bay Area, winning Finals MVP both times. After losing to Golden State in six games in 2015 and winning the title in seven games in 2016, Cleveland took just one contest in two series against Durant and Co. the last two years.

Ironically, beating Golden StateA in 2016 may have cost Cleveland any shot it had at landing the superstara€”although it's not clear how seriously he would've considered signing with the team.

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