Kevin Durant: Lakers Reportedly Star’s ‘Primary Objective’ in Free Agency

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Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant will have his pick of the litter when he hits free agency next offseason, but according to a recent report, KD may be leaning toward making a move out West to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Per Steve DelVecchio of Larry Brown Sports, Stephen A. Smith reported on an episode of ESPN’s First Take that sources revealed to him Durant has interest in the Lakers.

“Regardless of how senseless it may (sound), in one breath I’m hearing that if Kevin Durant doesn’t stay in Oklahoma City, L.A. is his primary objective and landing spot as opposed to South Beach or even his home of Washington, D.C.,” Smith said.

With future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant potentially on the verge of retirement, one can only assume that the Lakers would love to sign Durant, although it is unclear if he reciprocates that desire, especially since L.A. could be among the NBA’s worst teams this season.

Durant will undoubtedly be among the hottest commodities to ever hit the free-agent market, and there has been no shortage of rumors and speculation regarding where he’ll ultimately land. The six-time All-Star and former NBA MVP has a chance to shift the balance of power in the NBA depending upon where he ends up.

While he has been linked to several different teams, the 27-year-old superstar insisted last month that any such talk is nothing more than hearsay, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:

I’ve got two people that I trust with my life, my agent and my manager, who’s my best friend as well. I trust them with my life. So if you hear sources or anything, don’t believe it if it didn’t come from them. I tell them everything. We bounce ideas off each other. We collaborate on a lot of different things. They give me advice. so throughout this year, if you hear sources from anybody, it’s not true, unless you hear it from Charlie Bell, Rich Kleiman or Kevin Durant.

Despite Durant’s comments, there is little doubt that the rumor mill will continue to churn out gossip until he officially signs a contract. Until then, the four-time scoring champion will likely be focused on the 2015-16 season as he returns from a foot injury that cost him much of the 2014-15 campaign.

OKC is considered to be among the top contenders to win a title thanks to the combination of Durant and Russell Westbrook, and new head coach Billy Donovan may be the man capable of putting it all together.

The manner in which the 2015-16 season plays out could have a massive impact on whether KD decides to remain with the Thunder or sign elsewhere.

He will have plenty to think about when his contract officially runs out, but Durant has given every indication that he doesn’t intend to put time and energy into free agency until it happens.

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