With Free agency starting next Friday, July 1st, it is no surprise that Kevin Durant is already setting up meetings with teams. Sam Amick of USA Today reports:
So when those meetings start on July 1, when the Thunder, Golden State Warriors,San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, and Miami Heat come his way to discuss the prime years of his career, he will be all ears. The man isn’t one to waste anybody’s time.
While one Los Angeles team is on the list, another one was left off. Despite countless rumors that he would want to come to the Lakers this summer, the Lakers are not be on his list. Take this with a grain of salt, however, because the Lakers front office is known for not divulging any info to the press.
Durant wants to win
It should be no surprise that the 6’10″ small forward is not interested in joining a rebuilding team. Sure, the Lakers have the pieces now to be great in the future. However, if Durant is going to leave Oklahoma City, it’s going to be for a team that is competitive. Lakers are just not built for that at the moment.
One other important factor is that Durant is a very similar player to Brandon Ingram. The Lakers #2 pick has almost the same exact build and plays the same position as Durant. Signing Durant would put Ingram on the back burner, thus stunting his growth as a player. Sure it would be incredible to have Kevin on the team, but I’d rather build our #2 pick.
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