Kevin Durant: Stephen A. Smith is lying about Lakers report


Kevin Durant is leaning toward the Lakers if he leaves the Thunder, according to Stephen A. Smith of ESPN.

Durant, in a Q&A with The Oklahoman:

There was the first of these unnamed sourced free agency reports that we’re expecting to come out throughout the season. The whole Lakers thing that Stephen A Smith came out with, do you have any response to that?

Durant: “I don’t talk to Stephen A Smith at all. Nobody in my family, my friends, they don’t talk to Stephen A Smith. So he’s lying.”

What’s the best way to attack those because I know you’re not naive to think these won’t be popping up throughout the year?

Durant: “If you ask me a question, I’ll talk about them. But like I said before, I have people who I talk to about everything and I know for a fact they didn’t talk to him, so he’s making up stories.”

Logically, it’s impossible to prove a negative. Durant can’t know the people around him don’t talk to Smith.

But Durant also maintains he’s close with the two people most involved in his decision, his agent and manager. I think Durant would know if they’re spreading rumors, and he’s also probably know if anyone else is positioned to reveal accurate information.