Kevin Durant has agreed to meet with six different teams when free agency begins this Friday. However, the Los Angeles Lakers don’t feature on that list.
Despite the supposed “snub”, the Lakers front office isn’t giving up on Durant, according to a source close to the Purple & Gold. ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported Tuesday that the Lakers remain confident that Durant would grant them a free agency meeting in the coming week.
As it stands, Durant and his representatives are scheduled to meet with the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers. Besides the Lakers, the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks are also trying to secure a meeting with the former MVP.
“I can’t imagine Durant wouldn’t talk to us. That would shock me,” Broussard’s source was quoted as saying, before adding that the Lakers were planning to pitch Durant on the idea of pairing him with other free agents since the team has nearly $65 million to spend this offseason.
The source added: “We want to pitch guys on combinations, as opposed to just one guy. We’ll say to a guy, ‘Who do you want to play with? We’ve got the room to go get him.'”
According to Broussard, Durant, Hassan Whiteside, Al Horford, Nicolas Batum and Harrison Barnes are atop of the Lakers’ wish list this summer.
“The Lakers believe their new coach, the highly regarded Luke Walton, as well as their talented group of young players will be attractive to the top free agents on the market,” writes Broussard.
Over the last few years, the Lakers have repeatedly struck out in free agency. After failing to the likes of Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, the Lakers couldn’t convince LaMarcus Aldridge to join the Purple & Gold last summer. According to several analysts, the Lakers have lost the aura that once made them the most attractive franchise in the NBA.
Kevin Durant will begin meeting suitors on Friday. Will the Lakers manage to get a meeting?
Kevin Durant Free Agency: Hometown Washington To Be Snubbed
I'm told that besides KD, Lakers' wish list includes Whiteside, Al Horford, Nic Batum, Harrison Barnes & Ryan Anderson
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 29, 2016