Jan 11, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates as Los Angeles Lakers forward Antwan Jamison (4) watches at the Staples Center. The Thunder defeated the Lakers 116-101. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Beasley Impressed Lakers + Durant's '16 Decision

NBA Rumors

The 2014 Los Angeles Lakers are not the Lakers of your youth, folks. Heck, they’re not even the ones from four years ago when Kobe Bryant hoisted his fifth NBA Championship.

And a potential sign of the times?

The fact that the Lakers were reportedly left impressed by Michael Beasley‘s workout. The same Beasley that couldn’t crack last year’s Miami Heat roster, which included little-to-no bench punch whatsoever (see last season’s NBA Finals).

Then again, have you looked at that Lakers roster? He’d probably be the fifth or sixth best player on it.

THE GOLDEN SUMMER OF 2016

The NBA free agency period of 2016 is already being promoted, mostly because it’ll be the first time that Kevin Durant will be able to freely explore free agency as an unrestricted free agent. There’s also a good possibility that, by that time, he’ll also surpass LeBron James as the best player in the world.

It’ll be his turn to control the world, that summer.

And Chuck Myron, of Hoops Rumors, believes that the prime suspects after Durant could be mostly the same teams that were on the prowl after LeBron James this past summer — with the addition of the Washington Wizards, Durant’s “hometown” club.

Way too early to really say. The Thunder and the Wizards will be two teams in the mix, for sure. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t at least consider the Lakers and the Heat. The Knicks will try to wedge their way into things, and if they can create the cap space, I’m sure Durant will at least consider them. But at this point, it’s all speculation. The Thunder could be two-time defending champs by the time his deal is up, and that would change the dynamic significantly. 

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