From the moment Oklahoma City was eliminated from the postseason until the second he puts his pen to paper on his next contract, speculation about where Kevin Durant is going to sign in free agency will run rampant.
Will he anticlimactically announce he's re-signing with the Thunder on Twitter? Could he join the Golden State Warriors team that just eliminated him? While he admits he's "pretty biased," former Los Angeles Lakers forward Rick Fox doesn't think either of those are the best option for Durant.
"Come to the Lakers," Fox told Alysha Tsuji of For the Win when asked what he thought Durant should do this summer. "I think he spends a lot of time out here in training and the offseason and I think he'd be a great anchor to the next generation of Laker greats."
Fox isn't wrong that Durant would ably take over as Los Angeles' next superstar following the retirement of Kobe Bryant, and the Lakers will reportedly attempt to recruit him this summer. However, it wouldn't be medically advisable for Lakers fans to hold their breathe while waiting for him to come.
Durant is the best available free agent on the market this summer and won't lack for suitors. While the Lakers are projected to have a league-leading $64.1 million in salary cap space this offseason, they don't offer much else other than a few intriguing young players that the 27-year old may not want to wait around for to develop. Their copious cap space does give the Lakers the ability to let Durant pick a few free agent teammates to play with, but no one on the market is better than Durant's current teammate, Russell Westbrook.
Durant would be a great get for the Lakers, but the team may not have enough to offer to make the parnership mutually beneficial just yet.
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