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.
The Los Angeles Lakers announced that Brandon Ingram will not travel with the team on their weekend road trip starting in San Antonio on Friday.
Of course, not much was made of the rumor at the time because the source had no credibility, but Kevin Broom of BulletsForever.com chose to ask around if there was anything to it and learned some interesting details.
Source No. 1, a current National Basketball Association agent, surprised me by saying the story was true. "And the fact of the matter is, what he said was absolutely on the money and it was not disrespectful to LeBron James". "But, according to this source, the Wizards were saying no".
Following the Los Angeles Lakers' dramatic 121-113 win over the San Antonio Spurs, the focus immediately shifted from LeBron's 41-point night into questions regarding recent comments from National Basketball Association legends Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson and Kevin Durant. Source No. 2 said the rumor is true. Rose also said that Durant has made it clear he won't be joining the Lakers next summer. "So I'm not gonna comment on it because I don't know the whole thing". He can't be traded until at least December 15, and sources said there had been no request made by James to Lakers president Magic Johnson or general manager Rob Pelinka to make a deal for his friend.More news: Markets Right Now: Stocks open lower on Wall Street
And let us not forget the stinging criticism of LeBron's "fanboys". In this picture, Wall of the Washington Wizards shoots in front of Brandon Ingram #14 of the Lakers during the second half at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., November 9, 2017.
Anthony's time in Houston is over, and many believe so is his career in the National Basketball Association due to his inability to have a positive impact on a team anymore.
Though he spent just one season in Seattle, Durant has consistently said how much he enjoyed his time there and even paid homage to one of the SuperSonics greats by wearing a Shawn Kemp jersey during introductions of an exhibition game his Warriors played this season at KeyArena, the Sonics' old home.
The young Lakers may not quite be ready, but they showed what they are capable of.