While the Wizards brain trust was making smart off-season moves — re-signing Marcin Gortat, bringing in Paul Pierce —all the talk among fans was on one topic:
Would Kevin Durant come home in 2016?
LeBron James choosing to return to Cleveland sparked a lot of hope in the DC faithful, and it will be a topic again tonight as the Wizards are on the road against the Thunder.
Ty Lawson is another District area native and Ben Standig of CSNWashington.com asked if the two had spoken about playing at home.
“I’ve talked to him about it, but I probably can’t tell you what he said,” Lawson laughingly told CSNwashington.com when the Nuggets visited last month….
“We talked about it. Everybody going home and playing for their respective cities,” Lawson said. “It would be cool, especially playing with the people you grew up with. I grew up with KD. It would be fun to play with them on one team.”
Lawson is not likely bound for the Wizards when his contract is up in two years, Washington is pretty set at point guard with John Wall.
Durant, on the other hand, would fit in very well. Of course, he’d fit well on 29 other NBA teams as well. Should Durant decide to really test the waters come the summer of 2016 teams from Los Angeles to New York and every stop in between would try to court him.
After seeing him answer questions about 2016 when he was with Team USA this summer in Las Vegas (before he dropped out of the World Championships) I don’t believe Durant has any idea yet what he will do in two summers. I would bet that Oklahoma City has the best chance of retaining his services.
After that, the Wizards would certainly be in the mix. But two summers is two lifetimes in the NBA and what Durant will want to do remains unpredictable.