CLEVELAND – Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has intimate knowledge of super teams and doesn’t begrudge the Golden State Warriors’ ability to add Kevin Durant.
“You have an opportunity to sign one of the best players, and you can do it, go ahead and do it. Why not?” James said Thursday. “If I become an owner, I'm going to try to sign everybody.”
James, who is also the first vice president of the National Basketball Players Association, also was asked if it were fair that Golden State had the opportunity to sign a star such as Durant.
“It's part of the rules,” James said, adding, “Is it fair? I don't care. I think it's great. It's great for our league. Right now, look at our TV ratings, look at the money our league is pouring in. I mean, guys are loving the game, our fans love the game. Who am I to say if it's fair or not?”
A perfect confluence of events in the summer of 2016 –Durant’s free agency, an unprecedented spike in the NBA’s salary cap and Golden State’s ability to add a superstar such as Durant – has altered the league’s landscape.
"One thing about the NBA is there's this thing called the salary cap that only allows you to do so much, and it allowed us to sign Kevin Durant," Warriors forward Draymond Green said. "So, in that case, it's gotta be fair. Can't do things that's unfair with the salary cap, so we abide by the same rules everybody else abides by."
The Warriors, who are up 3-0 on the Cavs in the Finals and about to win their second championship in three seasons, are in the early stages of a potential dynasty with the prospects of winning more championships in the next few seasons. Golden State’s roster and players under contract make it seem like 29 other teams don’t have a chance.
“They drafted a lot of their guys,” James said. “Three of their best players were already drafted, so they were able to hold on to them because they own the Bird rights, if everybody knows the CBA.
“So they're able to keep Steph (Curry), Klay (Thompson) and Draymond (Green) and able to go out and sign someone else like they did this past summer by just getting rid of a couple pieces in Harrison Barnes and not re-signing (Leandro) Barbosa and (Andrew) Bogut and guys from last year's team. So that allowed them to go do that.”