LeBron James Makes Lakers ‘Perfect Place’ For Kevin Durant, Per Stephen A. Smith

LeBron James and Kevin Durant could work really well on the Los Angeles Lakers. Stephen A. Smith discussed the current situation inside the Phoenix Suns and the fact that the team lost the series to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

According to Smith, Durant should join LeBron and the Lakers. Teaming up with the four-time NBA champion seems like a good plan.

“Personality-wise, I’m just talking about his personality, I’m not talking about whether it will fit cap-wise, just his personality,” Smith said on ESPN’s “First Take” this week. “I think the perfect place for him would have been the Lakers because of LeBron.”

LeBron can get Durant on the Lakers roster

Smith added that LeBron can actually give Durant what he needs. KD is 35 and just like LeBron, has a few great years left in the tank. If Durant wants more attention, LeBron will make sure he gets some.

“LeBron is a magnet for the attention,” Smith noted. “Because you have that, Kevin Durant gets to play in the background. But that wasn’t enough for him in Golden State, evidently, so we don’t know.”

The Suns had a terrible postseason, but they are determined to move on with the same roster. Frank Vogel is no longer part of the coaching staff and the Suns gave Mike Budenholzer a chance to coach.

Durant finished the season with an average of 27.1 points on 52.3% shooting and 41.3% 3-point shooting. He also averaged 6.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. In other words, the Lakers could benefit from his stats if they decide to get him.

“He makes you nervous because as good as he is, he now has some baggage and it is easy to blame everyone else for what has happened in his last few stops, but at some point you start to say, ‘Wait, he is the common factor here,’” one Eastern Conference GM said. “There are a lot of teams that he’d be a great fit, maybe all of them, right? He is that good.”