Kevin Durant is Reportedly Not Interested In Visiting With Lakers or Wizards
Welp, Lakers fans. All the cap space in the world still won’t make top free agents sign there.
It’s pretty much a forgone conclusion that LeBron James will re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, so this summer’s free agency belongs to Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant.
As of right now, Durant has six teams he will be meeting with once July 1st comes around: the Thunder, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat.
Two teams Durant is not expected to interview with are the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.
“Despite years of speculation about Durant possibly signing with his hometown Washington Wizards or the Los Angeles Lakers, a person with knowledge of his situation told USA TODAY Sports that those two teams are not expected to land a meeting with the former MVP. The New York Knicks have earned their way onto Durant’s radar, having traded for Derrick Rose recently to create quite the combination with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. Yet as of now, it remains to be seen how that particular scenario will be handled. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the situation with other teams.
Barring an unforeseen change in which a meeting is granted as a way of helping a franchise save face, this development will come as quite a blow to the Lakers group that spent the past few years planning with Durant’s free agency in mind. There are other free agency fish in the sea, to be sure, but none with the star power of a Durant. As for the Wizards, they’re taking the two-track approach: patiently waiting on Durant’s call with hopes of being surprised while moving on with their non-Durant free agency plans so as not to be slowed down by a pipe dream.”
Buckle up, Lakers fans. It might be a long offseason for you….again.