Report: Kevin Durant has already ruled out joining two teams in 2019 NBA free agency

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Kevin Durant signed another new deal with the Golden State Warriors this offseason, a two-year, $61.5 million contract with a player option in 2019.

This means the two-time Finals MVP could very well be a free agent once more next year if he decides to exercise his player option and hit the open market.

If he does that, Durant would be one of the most coveted free agents on the market and most teams in the league would do whatever they can in order to sign him to their roster.

However, if reports are to be believed, the small forward has already ruled himself out of joining two teams for two very different reasons. These teams are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Washington Wizards.

No Lakers

According to Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports, via Clutch Sports, the reason why Durant doesn't want to join the Lakers is because LeBron James is there.

Mannix states that if he wins his third title with the Warriors this season, he will have no desire to play alongside LeBron as he'll want to play somewhere else where he can eclipse the King's legacy.

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No Homecoming

As for a possible return to his hometown Washington, Mannix states that he doesn't think Durant will go there either because he hasn't wanted to play there throughout his NBA career.

The Wizards previously tried to recruit him during his only visit in the 2015-16 season before he signed with Golden State. Unless they make significant strides this season, they probably won't be an attractive option for the forward in 2019.

Golden State Warriors v Washington Wizards

Many have stated that the two most likely destinations for Durant in 2019 should he hit the market are the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New York Knicks.

The Knicks likely have the better chance of landing Durant salary cap wise as they could have the option to sign two players to max deals next offseason, teaming up the two-time Finals MVP with another superstar.

However, replicating what LeBron did and returning to the team that originally drafted him in the Thunder could be another option for Durant.

It might be difficult to achieve since Russell Westbrook and Paul George take up a significant part of the salary cap, but the chase for a title could make it happen.

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