Lakers News: Latest on Kevin Durant’s Free Agency, Kobe Bryant’s Move to SF

After losing a franchise-worst 61 games last season, the Los Angeles Lakers are looking for reasons to remain optimistic entering the 2015-16 campaign.  

Fortunately for the Purple and Gold, two pieces of news could have their stock trending up. One revolves around the team's long-term outlook for 2016 and beyond, while the other centers on L.A.'s tactical approach with some new faces in the fold. 

So with training camp underway and fresh storylines emerging, here's a rundown of the latest happenings in Hollywood. 


Durant Eyeing L.A. as a Free-Agency Destination? 

It's never too early to start thinking about free agency, and when it comes to the class of 2016, one name stands out above the rest: Kevin Durant. 

According to Black Sports Online's Glenn Erby, Stephen A. Smith appeared on an episode of First Take on Sept. 29 and, citing sources, relayed information regarding Durant's interest in joining the Lakers next summer.

"Regardless of how senseless it may (sound), in one breath I’m hearing that if Kevin Durant doesn’t stay in Oklahoma City, L.A. is his primary objective and landing spot as opposed to South Beach or even his home of Washington, D.C.," Smith said. 

However, Smith's reporting is accompanied by a big "if." And as CBS Sports' Ken Berger reported in July, "most league execs informally polled here at summer league expect Durant to stay in Oklahoma City when he hits the market next summer."

With just under a month to go until the regular season gets underway, reports regarding Durant's intentions should be consumed knowing that on-court results this season will likely dictate much of what his future holds.  

If Durant can stay healthy and the Oklahoma City Thunder prosper under the leadership of head coach Billy Donovan, don't be surprised if whispers of a departure q...

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