The Los Angeles Lakers are projected to have the most cap space in the NBA when the floodgates of free agency open on July 1st, and the team has been open about their desire to add multiple marquee names to a roster that lost the second most games in the NBA last year.
The top name on the market this summer is indisputably Oklahoma city Thunder forward Kevin Durant, who is expected to begin taking meeting with prospective suitors right when free agency begins, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Unfortunately for the Lakers, they will not be one of the first team's granted a meeting with Durant.
"The Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and incumbent Oklahoma City Thunder are the first three known teams to secure face-to-face meetings with free agent-to-be Kevin Durant, starting next weekend," writes Stein, who reports that the Lakers and other teams hoping to lure Durant still remain "hopeful" they will get a meeting with him.
This is obviously not ideal news for Los Angeles, but is probably to be expected given how much of a long shot they always have been to sign Durant. The team does boast copious cap space, enough for Durant to bring at least one max salaried teammate of his choosing with him to Los Angeles, but with the rest of the team's talent being so young, it always seemed more likely Durant would either stay in Oklahoma City or sign with a team with more established talent.
Update: Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical reports there are six teams Durant has set up meetings with, although the Lakers are still not on the list:
Durant's representatives at Roc Nation are working to solidify invitations with the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Thunder, league sources said.
The meetings are expected to take place in New York, but teams are still awaiting word on a location.
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