Prior to picking the Warriors, Kevin Durant met with six teams in total over Fourth of July weekend.
The Los Angeles Lakers were not among those to meet face-to-face with Durant.
Coming off a season that saw the once-proud Lakers win a franchise-record low 17 games, general manager Mitch Kupchak wasn't surprised Durant didn't want to talk to him.
"Everybody wants to meet with the best players in the world. We understand where we are as a team. We're a very young team, that's that probably not, with some degree of certainty, not going to win the championship next year. Veteran players that are great players, the clock is ticking and most of the time, they've made their money, they're going to get their money wherever they go. But the game gets harder as you get older and you don't just play for the money. The money is great, but you want to play to win. Because it's a long season and the playoffs go on for a long time and it's year in, year out. It's challenging," Kupchak said on SiriusSM NBA Radio on Monday.
"So, we're realistic in where we stand," Kupchak stated.
In addition to selecting Duke forward Brandon Ingram with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Lakers added center Timofey Mozgov and forward Luol Deng through free agency, as well as acquiring guard Jose Calderon from the Bulls.
"I think with our group, the younger players and the veterans we've added, next year will be even more attractive to any players going forward. And we're also going to have money next year. But we're not kicking the can down the road. We did that for a year or two. We lost a great player that played for us for 20 years. It's sad to see [Kobe Bryant] go, but on the other hand, we're starting something completely new right now. Some of the players that we drafted a year or two ago got better and they've grown. And then we've some this year and we've added some veteran free agents. So our goal is continue to improve as a team, win more games than we did last year and get better and better as the season goes on," Kupchak said.
Starting something completely new includes overhauling the coaching staff. Out is Byron Scott and in comes former Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton, who begins his first season as a head coach at any level.