Kevin Durant calls Lakers free agency rumors a lie

The impending free agency of Kevin Durant took an intriguing turn when ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar considers the Los Angeles Lakers a top destination.

However, according to Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman, Durant said the rumors Smith shared are a lie.

Per Slater, Durant further clarified his statement:

“If you ask me a question, I’ll talk about (the rumors). But like I said before, I have people who I talk to about everything and I know for a fact they didn’t talk to him, so he’s making up stories.”

Smith responded:

Durant is due $21.2 million (h/t Hoops Hype) in 2015-16, which is the final year of his contract. Barring an unanticipated extension in the near future, the 2013-14 NBA MVP will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.

And the number of questions about Durant’s future basketball home will only intensify.

Will Durant stay with the only franchise he’s ever known? Or will he return to home and play for the Washington Wizards? An anonymous player told Basketball Insiders he’s “pretty sure” that’s Durant’s plan. Or will the 27-year-old head elsewhere?

Although Durant said the Lakers rumors are a lie, the Lakers are a legitimate landing spot anyway because of the cap room they’ll have available.

The rumors won’t stop throughout the 2015-16 NBA season, but hopefully Durant will address them whenever one hits the headlines.

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