There’s been speculation that Kevin Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder forward and last years MVP, could head to the Los Angeles Lakers.
New York Post sports columnist Peter Vecsey said that if Durant leaves the Thunder, he might head to Los Angeles.
“I say if Durant goes anywhere I look for him to go to the Lakers because they’re going to have a tremendous amount of money to give him. Kobe will be on the way out at that point and they won’t have anybody. A guy like him might want to start with the Lakers, or maybe he might want to go a team where he can win a championship,” he said, according to CLNS Radio, via LakersNation.
The Lakers are targeting Michael Beasley for next season, according to ESPN.
“[Beasley] looked very good and he has been working out,” one source told ESPN. “A tiny rust from layoff, but [he] did a good job.”
The Associated Press update:
US men’s basketball chooses 16 roster finalists
The U.S. men’s national team trimmed its roster to 16 players Tuesday by cutting Washington’s John Wall and Bradley Beal, and Atlanta’s Paul Millsap.
The Americans are off this week after training last week in Las Vegas, where Indiana All-Star Paul George was lost to a broken right leg. They will resume practice for the World Cup of Basketball on Aug. 14 in Chicago.
Players remaining who hope to make the final 12-man roster for Spain are Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Chicago’s Derrick Rose, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Houston’s James Harden, Atlanta’s Kyle Korver, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, Dallas’ Chandler Parsons, Utah’s Gordon Hayward, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, Portland’s Damian Lillard, Denver’s Kenneth Faried, Detroit’s Andre Drummond and Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee.
“Really all 16 guys have a chance to make the team, which usually does not happen in a training camp, and it shows that all of the guys thus far have done an excellent job,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a release announcing the roster.
George would have been on the team but was injured when his leg crashed into the bottom of the basket stanchion after trying to block a shot during the Americans’ intrasquad exhibition game Friday night in Las Vegas. He had surgery early Saturday and was expected to return to Indiana this week.
“The ending to our Las Vegas training camp with the injury to Paul George was very emotional for everyone involved in USA Basketball. I very much appreciate the outpouring of support Paul and USA Basketball has received the past couple of days from the basketball world,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said.