Durant: Lakers may not get star to help LeBron

By Daily Sports on December 7, 2018

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The Los Angeles Lakers haven’t landed a superstar player yet to pair with LeBron James – and Kevin Durant thinks they may struggle in that effort.

In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Durant discussed the challenges associated with playing with James.

“It depends on what kind of player you are,” Durant told Bleacher Report, which published its story early Wednesday. “If you’re Kyle Korver, then it makes sense. Because Kyle Korver in Atlanta was the bulk of the offense, and he’s not a No. 1 option at all, not even close. So his talents benefit more from a guy who can pass and penetrate and get him open.”

The Lakers have been linked to multiple stars since signing James this past summer. But two All-Stars available on the trade market – Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler – both ended up being dealt to teams other than the Lakers. And despite the attraction of playing in the Los Angeles market, the Lakers are not presently believed to be the preferred destination for top free agents in 2019 like Durant, Leonard and Butler.

“If you’re a younger player like a Kawhi, trying to pair him with LeBron James doesn’t really make sense,” Durant told Bleacher Report. “Kawhi enjoys having the ball in his hands, controlling the offense, dictating the tempo with his post-ups; it’s how he plays the game. A lot of young players are developing that skill. They don’t need another guy.”

Durant also cited the relentless media coverage of James as a potential factor that might discourage a star player from joining forces with the four-time league MVP.

“So much hype comes from being around LeBron from other people,” Durant said. “He has so many fanboys in the media. Even the beat writers just fawn over him. I’m like, we’re playing basketball here, and it’s not even about basketball at certain points.” (ESPN)

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Source Daily Sports

Posted December 7, 2018

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