Kevin Durant’s free agency may still be some nine months away, but the unending speculation promises to only intensify between now and Jul.1.

Durant hasn’t indicated which way he’s leaning once he hits the open market, leaving the rest of us to take wild guesses.

Enter Stephen A. Smith, who reported on “First Take” Tuesday that the Los Angeles Lakers would be KD’s top choice should he decide to leave Russell Westbrook and the OKC Thunder behind.

(Oh, and don’t forget that the New York Knicks are supposedly a player in the Durant Sweepstakes, too.)

Per LBS (via BSO):

On ESPN’s “First Take” Tuesday morning, Stephen A. Smith said that sources have told him Durant’s preferred landing spot is the Los Angeles Lakers if he does not re-sign with the Thunder next summer.

 

“Regardless of how senseless it may (sound), in one breath I’m hearing that if Kevin Durant doesn’t stay in Oklahoma City, L.A. is his primary objective and landing spot as opposed to South Beach or even his home of Washington, D.C.,” Smith said.

 

“I heard Melo, Kevin Durant, Kobe,” Smith added. “And when you take into account that Phil Jackson is on the record saying it might be Kobe’s last year in L.A. — opening the door that there are possibilities for him to go elsewhere. All I’m saying is you just never know.”

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