The Los Angeles Lakers have a projected cap space of $65 million as they head towards draft lottery of free agency. The team will not pursue All-Star Kevin Durant.
As a result of the Steve Nash trade last 2012-13, the Lakers have three protected draft picks, as reported by Lakers Nation. LA will not chase Kevin Durant, Adrian Wojnarowski clarified in the Vertical via The Big Lead.
“Washington and the Lakers, they are not frontrunners for Kevin Durant. He wants to win a championship. If he leaves Oklahoma – he may end up staying there – Golden State is the team that is worrisome for Oklahoma City. That’s the team that has Kevin Durant’s attention … Kevin Durant wants to win a Championship right away. Either he wants to do that in Oklahoma City, with the group they have, or he’s going to go somewhere he can win a title right away.”
Lakers may not be able to add Ben Simmons of the LSU and Duke’s Brandon Ingram to boost their young core.
Under these circumstances, Julius Randle certainly becomes the key man. With 26 more games to go in the current season, head coach Byron Scott is planning to give Randle extensive minutes, according to the Vine Report. The Lakers’ young core consisting of Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell and Randle have shown tremendous promise this season.
The Lakers will be linked to many free agents ahead of the off-season, but it’s interesting to see whether they can land one or not. There will be no Kobe Bryant next season.