Report- NBA news: Kawhi Leonard or Kevin Durant to join LeBron James and Lakers? Insider opens up | Other | Sport

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Updated: December 7, 2018
NBA news: Kawhi Leonard or Kevin Durant to join LeBron James and Lakers? Insider opens up | Other | Sport

That’s according to NBA insider Stephen A Smith.

Golden State Warriors star Durant and Leonard of the Toronto Raptors have been tipped to head to the Lakers next summer.

Both forwards can become free agents at the end of the season and link up with James in LA.

However, Durant seemed to quash rumours he will join the Lakers by claiming there’s a toxic environment surrounding James.

The Warriors superstar also claimed Leonard wouldn’t want to team up with James as the Raptors man needs to handle the ball and let the offence run through him.

And NBA pundit Smith says Durant would be the ideal team-mate for James, claiming Leonard wouldn’t suit The King’s style of play with the Lakers.

“I have said on many occasions, the thought that LeBron and Kawhi would guarantee you a championship is wrong,” Smith said on the Stephen A Smith Show.

“I know Kawhi is a superstar. I know he is big time and probably the best two-way player in basketball.

“But the fact is, when you look at his temperament, his basketball make-up and everything that comes with it, is he the ideal partner for LeBron James? No he is not.

“KD is a much better fit with LeBron than Kawhi Leonard because KD is a specialist in ways LeBron is not.

“Kawhi’s numbers are special and he can get to the hole at will, hit the three and the midrange game. There are no weaknesses in his game.

“But it’s the combination of skill and temperament.

“And when you look at KD with LeBron he would work much better than Kawhi would.

“When the game’s on the line and it’s time to close, you have two dudes looking at each other but KD would be like, ‘I got this’. That’s a fact, there’s no argument here.

“Kawhi is a star, Anthony Davis same thing. But so is Kevin Durant.”