Both Oklahoma City Thunder superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook could land with the Los Angeles Lakers by 2017, according to controversial host Stephen A. Smith of ESPN.
Smith once again shared his thoughts on NBA rumors that Durant may consider the Los Angeles team when he hits free agency after the 2015-2016 NBA season and added the Westbrook could follow him to Hollywood when the point guard’s own deal expires a year after, or after the 2016-2017 NBA season.
“Keep in mind this, one of the biggest reasons I’m told, that Kevin Durant may have the Lakers at the top of his list, is because the Lakers have been led to believe, by whom specifically I do not know, but the Lakers have been led to believe that it is a very good chance that the following year Russell Westbrook is coming,” Smith said.
“Make no doubt about it, Russell Westbrook doesn’t have a problem being in L.A.”
Smith described the Durant to Los Angeles and Westbrook joining him with the Lakers in 2017 as a “big possibility”.
Durant’s decision to leave Oklahoma City will most likely be dictated how the Thunder will fare in the upcoming 2016 NBA Playoffs. While considered title-contenders, teams like the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors are pegged as the better teams than the Thunder and favored to win the Western Conference championship and advance to the NBA Finals.
With the rise in salary cap because of the new TV deals by the league, most teams will have the cash to offer Durant a maximum contract when he hits free agency and also Westbrook when his contract expires with the Thunder.
Aside from going to the Los Angeles Lakers, other NBA rumors state that Durant may consider going to the Washington Wizards, his hometown team.
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