Durant: I personally always said he was staying. I told him this. That’s me. I feel like he’s going to end it in Cleveland. That’s his crib now. He run it and he gonna turn it into something mega when he’s done. He’s going to do something.
Simmons: What do you want to bet on this? I’m saying L.A.
Durant: I’ll bet Fat Sal’s.
Simmons: I’m in. I’m betting L.A.
Durant: You’re staying on L.A.? Fat Sal’s combo meal. He’s staying in Cleveland. I’ve got him staying in Cleveland.
Simmons: I think the Lakers thing makes a lot of sense.
I don't want to overstate how stupid this bet is on Kevin Durant's part for a couple reasons....
First of all, it would be silly to criticize two people with multi-million dollar net worths wagering more calories than pennies. More importantly, it would be disingenuous to all the people coming off a weekend in which they wasted significant sums of money gambling on a partially trained MMA fighter to outbox someone whose now made a billion by flawlessly making the best punchers in the world look silly. All in all, setting a truck full of Fat Sal's sandwiches on fire couldn't compare to the downright appalling financial irresponsibility that took place in Las Vegas this weekend.
That being said, it's impossible to be so confident that LeBron James is staying in Cleveland for the rest of his career that you'd commit even a single cheat meal to it. We are talking about one of the most calculated superstars in sports history. Like, let's say you were naive enough to think nothing of his decision to repeatedly play on short term deals that leave his future flexible and/or his refusal to verbally commit to Cleveland beyond this year. You'd STILL have to be crazy to invest even one single bite of gluttony in the off-chance that Dan Gilbert doesn't say something incredibly stupid over the next year that causes irreparable damage to a already contentious relationship that was likely coming to an end regardless.
Obviously it's not as costly, but this bet is as winnable as JPP putting a death grip on a lit M-80 and banking on it being a dud, because fireworks are damn near guaranteed to go off all over the place in Cleveland next offseason. I don't know if that's going to land the fuse lighter in Los Angeles, but I certainly wouldn't be willing to put one single ounce of sustenance on him staying in a tumultuous relationship with an organization that's preemptively started planning for his departure.