Lakers News: Latest on Kevin Durant Pursuit Rumors, Phil Jackson and More

The Los Angeles Lakers expect to be busy this offseason. They have a new coach in Luke Walton, the No. 2 pick in this year's draft in Brandon Ingram and an emerging core of young players ready to lead this team in a post-Kobe Bryant era. 

A sign the Lakers will stay firmly entrenched in the news and rumors cycles this summer comes in the form of recent comments from general manager Mitch Kupchak, per Silver Screen and Roll's Harrison Faigen:

So we do feel we need to address the frontcourt, but taking a step back I think we need help everywhere, so I wouldn't rule out signing a veteran player at any position. In fact, we may be aggressive in the backcourt position, even though we have backcourt players. Not because we don't like the ones we do, but because we think we can get better.

While that points to the Lakers cobbling together a free-agent haul from perhaps the second or third rung or top free agents, there is still some expectation that they will swing for the fences and try to land Kevin Durant.

"I can't imagine Durant wouldn't talk to us," said a source to ESPN's Chris Broussard. "That would shock me."

Durant not talking to the Lakers might shock at least one person involved with the team, but it really shouldn't.

According to this quote via The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater, Durant appears to only have interest in playing for a contender. Per Broussard, he's scheduled to meet with six teams when free agency begins on July 1. This includes the likes of the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs.

The team with the worst regular-season record from last year on Durant's shortlist is the Boston Celtics, who finished 48-34, a far cry from the Lakers' 17-65 campaign.

Apparently, the Lakers are hoping their ample cap space can allow them to bring in top players in tandems or groups.

"We want to pitch guys on combinations, as op...

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