The Los Angeles Lakers want to sign a free agent superstar like Kevin Durant after the 2015-2016 NBA Season. However, the L.A. team must first get rid of their current head coach, Byron Scott for a shot at the Oklahoma City Thunder star, speculates one NBA analyst.
According to Eric Pincus of thebiglead.com, the Lakers will have a shot at Durant if they replace Scott with OKC Thunder’s previous head coach Scott Brooks. Durant and Brooks had a good relationship when the latter coached the former.
Brooks was replaced by college coach Billy Donovan before the start of the current season. Pincus opined in his recent article that Brooks should be considered as the next coach in L.A. for them to lure the top free agents, including Durant.
Brooks, Durant and star point guard Russell Westbrook all made the 2012 NBA Finals where the team lost to LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
However, getting Brooks is not a sure way to lure Durant to Los Angeles as the OKC superstar is reportedly looking to sign with a contender and not a losing team.
“Kevin Durant doesn’t care if they have the 1st pick, 2nd pick, 3rd pick … no free agent cares. No free agent of his stature cares what draft pick the team has, because that guy’s not going to help them win a Championship in the next 2-3 years,” Adrian Wojnarowski said in a previous show.
“If Kevin Durant leaves Oklahoma – if he leaves – he wants to be ready to win a Championship right away. He’s at a point in his career [where] he can’t wait 2-3 years or wait for a team to build or hope that it happens.”
The Lakers recently won over the No. 1 team in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors but are still one of the worst teams in the entire league. Their current coach, Byron Scott have been on the hot seat for the last two seasons because of their poor performance.
It appears letting go of Scott could be a good start for the Lakers if they want to attract upcoming free agents this summer.
Other teams, aside from the Lakers rumored to be interested in Durant are the the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies.
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