Free agency is just around the corner and the Los Angeles Lakers are sure to be big players with their league-leading cap space, though there’s one man who the team apparently won’t be meeting with: Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant.
The teams expected to talk with Durant include the Thunder, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics and L.A. Clippers.
The Washington Wizards, Durant’s hometown team, will not get a meeting with the 27-year-old, per Amick, while the New York Knicks may get a chance to deliver their pitch, according to Broussard.
While Durant to the Lakers was always seen as a long shot, many still expected the two sides to at least meet, perhaps just as a way of developing some familiarity in case the scorer decides to sign a one-year deal this summer. This is a real possibility, as doing so could lead to Durant making an extra $100 million in the long run.
However, if Durant has no real interest in the Lakers this summer then it’s probably best for both sides if they don’t have a meeting.
Knowing they have no shot at Durant will allow the Lakers to focus on more attainable players such as Hassan Whiteside, where as in the past the purple and gold have hung around waiting for the big dominoes to fall while the smaller (but valuable) targets have been signed by other teams. This year, things should be different.
Free agency will begin at 9:00 PM PST on Thursday.