NBA Rumors: Kevin Durant to Los Angeles Lakers not likely in 2016 free agency

NBA Rumors: Kevin Durant to Los Angeles Lakers not likely in 2016 free agency

Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors rather than the Los Angeles Lakers is more probable, according to a respected basketball analyst.

The Lakers are one of the teams in the NBA that are in rebuilding mode and getting Durant in the 2016 free agency will boost their chances of getting back to the top of the Western Conference.

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However, Adrian Wojnarowski stated in a recent program that Durant, who is currently the face of the Oklahoma City Thunder, will most likely consider the Golden State squad, or other championship level team, first than signing with the Lakers.

“The Lakers are not front-runners for Kevin Durant, he wants to win a championship,” Wojnarowski said about the Durant to Lakers rumors.

Wojnarowski added that the Lakers current status of owning possible top picks in the draft won’t convince the OKC superstar to move to Los Angeles According to the NBA analyst, a team’s chances of winning the NBA championship are more important to Durant.

“And if Kevin Durant leaves Oklahoma, he wants to be ready to win a championship right away. He’s at a point in his career where he can’t wait two or three years and hope that it happens,” Wojnarowski added.

“Listen, I just don’t think that the Lakers are a real significant factor for Kevin Durant.”

Currently, the Lakers are one of the worst teams in the league with 11 wins against 46 losses so far this season. The Los Angeles team is projected to pick among the top two in the 2016 NBA Draft, which features college basketball star Ben Simmons.

Durant has helped the Thunder to third place in the Western Conference with 40 wins against 16 losses so far. However, if the Thunder fails to win a championship this season, Durant may consider leaving OKC as he will be a free agent after the 2015-2016 NBA Season.

Durant to Lakers is one of the many possibilities for the free agent, who has also been rumored to be courted by other teams like the Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards.

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  • JJLakersFan3977

    Why are you simply re-posting the same old garbage from another site? Plus, this so-called news-worthy article is nothing more than one man’s opinion. Unless the article says…”KD has told me that he will not sign with the Lakers…” it is nothing more than speculation. On top of that, the Lakers, despite their current standing placement are probably in the best position of any non-playoff team to make a serious move into contention. A little draft lottery luck, and the Lakers will have the top pick in the draft along with 4 current coveted young players and the most salary cap space of any team heading into the summer. Danny Ainge once had much less than that, and turned the Celtics around from being the last placed team in the East to the Champions in one summer. Now people are acting like the Lakers can’t do the same. By the time free agency begins, the Lakers’ roster could already be looking much better making Durant really consider joining here.

  • KB23

    Yikes Woj is never mistaken in his reports I think Durant wants more good teammates lets trade russell randl for demarcus cousins!