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Report: Wizards, Lakers not frontrunners for Kevin Durant

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The Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers would reportedly be on the fringes of the Kevin Durant sweepstakes.

The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski appeared on The Big Lead with Jason McIntyre Saturday and revealed that Durant would be looking for an immediate contender in free agency, not a project, which does not bode well for the Thunder or the Lakers.

“Washington and the Lakers, they are not frontrunners for Kevin Durant,” Wojnarowski said, via The Big Lead. “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.

“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.”

Wojnarowski makes it sound like it’s either Oklahoma City or Golden State for Durant’s services during the summer. The Warriors have come up frequently as of late, and it makes sense – people associated with the team even reportedly believe they’ll land him. Durant wants to win a championship. How close are the Thunder to doing so, and will Russell Westbrook hang around too? It’s a valid question, while on the other side, Golden State has already won one and are among the favorites to do so again.


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