A New Duo Could Be Forming In Los Angeles This Summer

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As unlikely as it sounds, the Los Angeles Lakers could potentially overachieve this summer (as if the expectations weren't as high as possible already).

That's right. The team that is rumored to be in the race for three separate All-Stars this offseason, two via free agency, and one via trade, can somehow defy expectations and surprise Laker fans.

The Lakers have been reported to be after the likes of Paul George, LeBron James, and Kawhi Leonard this offseason, wanting to form a formidable big three in LA, alongside their promising young core that has the potential to compete with the Golden State Warriors as early as next season.

But what if they wanted to dethrone the Warriors completely? Well, taking one of their star players this summer would certainly help that cause.

According to Bleacher Report, the Lakers have a chance to sign both LeBron James and Kevin Durant this offseason, creating maybe the greatest one-two punch in the history of the sport.

"At first glance, the notion of Kevin Durant leaving the Golden State Warriors to join the Los Angeles Lakers sounds ridiculous.

But in 2016, the notion of Durant spurning the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Warriors also seemed ludicrous.

What would Durant's response be if LeBron James called him up to say, "Join me in Los Angeles with the Lakers?" Would it be an immediate "no," or would the All-Star forward have to consider the possibility?

All the Lakers need is a "yes" from the two stars, and as Durant noted, "anything can happen."

Obviously, there'd be a lot more to it than LeBron just calling up KD and asking him if he'd want to play alongside him in LA, but all the numbers say it's possible.

"Over the past year, the Lakers positioned themselves to have enough cap room to sign two maximum-salaried players this summer, trading Timofey Mozgov, D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

If they waive and stretch out the remaining two years and $36.8 million of Luol Deng's contract (at $7.4 million over the next five seasons) and let go of all their free agents and nonguaranteed players, the Lakers would have $69.7 million in salary-cap space.

That would leave Los Angeles about $160,000 short of the room to give both James and Durant the max of $35.4 million (based on the $101 million projected salary cap).

If the two stars were willing, the Lakers would field a lineup with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, the No. 25 pick in the draft, James and Durant.

In addition to the $4.4 million room exception, the Lakers would have only minimum salaries to fill out the remainder of the roster."

Not only would the Lakers be immediate championship favorites with Durant and James, they'd also deal a major blow to the Western Conference's biggest roadblock to the Finals.

As crazy as it sounds, -- just like Durant said -- "anything can happen in the NBA."