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Report: Kevin Durant won’t meet with Lakers

Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

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Jim Buss reportedly told people late last season the Lakers would sign Kevin Durant.

Then, they were just trying to get a meeting with him.

Not even that will happen.

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

This is embarrassing for the Lakers, a once-proud franchise that has fallen on hard times. Their problems start at the top and trickle down to a roster ill-equipped to win anytime soon. The Lakers have somehow overcome their historical success and desirable market to hold no meaningful appeal to Durant. That’s no easy feat.

The Lakers, image a little more tarnished, can now move onto other targets like Hassan Whiteside. Durant will meet with the suitors that actually interest him.

Nobody wastes their time – though the Lakers certainly would’ve preferred to burn an afternoon and boost their reputation.