Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant said Friday that a comment from ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith indicating the star forward would consider Los Angeles his “primary objective” if he didn’t re-sign in Oklahoma City next summer isn’t true.
“I don’t talk to Stephen A. Smith at all,” Durant told reporters. “Nobody in my family, my friends, they don’t talk to Stephen A Smith. So he’s lying.”
On First Take on Tuesday, Smith said, “Regardless of how senseless it may [sound], 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.”
Smith responded to Durant via Twitter following the former MVP’s comments.
“At NO time did I ever say I SPOKE to K.D. Or his family. Or his brother, friends, teammates, etc. (although I can assure you all I have on several occasions in the past),” Smith wrote. “I said I HEARD from folks I know — in a league I’ve been covering for 19 years — that if he were to leave OKC as a free agent, these are the cities I was told he was considering. OKC. LA. Miami. DC. NY. I stand by it all. And that is that. His assertion that I was lying is not only FALSE, but totally uncalled for. Especially from a player who receives nothing but praise not only from me, but from practically every media member you can find.”