NBA Trade Talk: Kevin Durant to LA Lakers, says Shaquille O'Neal

Could Oklahama City Thunder star Kevin Durant become a LA Laker?

Kevin Durant should sign with the LA Lakers in the summer, Shaquille O'Neal has told SportsCenter.

Durant will become a free agent in the summer, and the forward is yet to commit his future to the Thunder.

SportsIllustrated reported last month that the Lakers are among the strong contenders to sign him.

The Lakers had the worst record in the Western Conference this season, and have just lost multiple-time All-Star Kobe Bryant to retirement.

Yet over the last few seasons top stars have been reluctant to sign with LA to play alongside Bryant, and now he has departed, the Lakers need a new star.

Former Laker O'Neal's comment may come out of hope as much as anything, but he is a man soon to be honoured with a statue by the team, and his desire is unlikely to have gone unnoticed.

Durant is currently playing in the post-season play-off with the Thunder and is expected to address his future when Oklahoma's participation ends.