For the past few years, the Los Angeles Clippers have been the most dominant team in the city of angels. But, that seems destined to change in the not-too-distant future.
While the Los Angeles Lakers have been looked at as one of the worst NBA teams the past few seasons, their future looks promising. A young, talented core of players including D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle have shown potential, but are occasionally bogged down by head coach Byron Scott’s old-school philosophy.
The development of these youngsters is important, but immediate (and more significant) help might soon be on its way. The Purple and Gold haven’t hidden their desire to bring Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to Staples Center, and new reports indicate there is a definite possibility that these Oklahoma City stars head to Southern California.
Durant will be a free agent after this season, and Westbrook will be one the following year. In the past, reports surfaced there was tension between Durant and Westbrook, but new information reveals that the Thunder’s best players hope to stay together.
Enter Los Angeles – a storied franchise that can pay both players max-level contracts and offer the allure of a big market.
“Keep in mind this,” Stephen A. Smith reported on the Mason and Ireland show. “One of the biggest reasons, I’m told, that Kevin Durant may have the Lakers at the top of his list is because the Lakers have been led to believe – by whom specifically I do not know – but the Lakers have been led to believe that it is a very good chance that the following year, Russell Westbrook is coming.”
With Kobe Bryant coming off the books next season, and Westbrook having ties to southern California, there’s reason for Lakers Nation to be excited. In addition, Stephen A. and Durant engaged in a war of words earlier this season about false rumors, but Durant hasn’t publicly denied Smith’s most recent statement.
It seems the Lakers will once again rule Los Angeles sooner than anyone expected.