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Lakers not front-runners for Kevin Durant, for one key reason

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For a while now, any talk about the summer of 2016 has centred around where Kevin Durant will opt to play his basketball moving forward.

Set to become a free agent after the 2015-16 season, speculation over the Oklahoma City Thunder star's decision has been rampant for months, and it will only increase as the summer approaches and teams across the league ready their pitch.

In the eyes of Yahoo Sports' NBA guru Adrian Wojnarowski, however, there is one famous franchise who might want to start thinking about plan B; the Los Angeles Lakers.

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"The Lakers are not front-runners for Kevin Durant, he wants to win a championship," explained Wojnarowski during an appearance on Fox Sports Radio.

The respected reporter then went on to explain that KD's decision will be based around where he can most quickly win his first NBA title. As such, the Golden State Warriors are currently seen as the biggest threat to OKC's chances of keeping the superstar.

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With the Lakers in the mix for a lottery pick in the 2016 NBA draft courtesy of a 11-45 record to this point, the purple and gold franchise don't appear to be in the position to offer Durant what he wants.

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"Kevin Durant doesn't care if they have the first pick, the second pick, third pick...No free agent of his stature cares what draft pick a team has because that guy is not going to help them win championships in the next two or three years," Wojnarowski continued.

"...I just don't think that the Lakers are a real significant factor for Kevin Durant."

With Kobe Bryant set to retire and plenty of cap space to become available as a result, the Lakers have the financial clout to make a run at Durant this summer. Their issues on the court, however, may be their downfall.

Their issues on the court, however, may be their downfall.

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LA Lakers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant

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