ESPN debate-team captain Stephen A. Smith said earlier this week that he had the scoop on Kevin Durant’s destination after this season, the final year of his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“Regardless of how senseless it may (sound),” Smith said on “First Take.” “In one breath I’m hearing that if Kevin Durant doesn’t stay in Oklahoma City, L.A. is his primary objective and landing spot as opposed to South Beach or even his home of Washington, D.C.”
Durant addressed Smith’s comments after practice on Friday. And by “addressed Smith’s comments,” I mean “called him a complete liar.”
Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman has the transcription:
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.”