The Washington Wizards are 29-13, if the playoffs started today they would be the No. 2 seed in the East ahead of teams like Toronto, Chicago and Cleveland. They would also be a real playoff threat — when Nene is healthy the Wizards are a tough out for any team. This is the kind of team a lot of fan bases dream about.
But Wednesday night at the Verizon Center, Wizards fans are not going to be dreaming of the playoffs or this roster. They are going to be dreaming of Kevin Durant in a Wizards uniform.
Ever since LeBron James chose to return home and play in Northeast Ohio, Wizards fans have dreamed that come that come the summer of 2016 Durant will chose to do the same, bolting Oklahoma City for The District.
There will be fans in the crowd Wednesday wearing a Wizard’s jerseys with Durant’s name on the back, and J. Michael of CSNWashington.com asked John Wall and Bradley Beal about it.
“It’s strange because he doesn’t play for us,” said Bradley Beal, who has beaten the Thunder in each home game since he turned pro three years ago. “Who knows what he’s going to do in the next couple of years. It’s kind of weird and it’s kind of cool at the same time to imagine that, to picture that.”
“It’s funny,” Wall said of the Wizards’ jerseys with Durant’s name. “It’s something you probably wouldn’t have thought about two or three years ago of having guys or free agents thinking of wanting to come here, or fans thinking about that. It’s fun. It’s exciting. (But) it’s a long haul away.”
As I’ve said before, if you talk to Durant at all on the free agency topic — and he does not want to discuss it — you get the real sense he doesn’t have any idea what he’s going to do in 2016. Which is the way it should be. Let this season and the playoffs play out, then see what happens next season, then get serious about a decision. While I think him remaining with the Thunder is the most likely outcome, at this point there are so many variables that could swing things in different directions it is impossible to know how things will play out. If Durant does decide to test the free agent waters there will be 29 other teams willing to do whatever it takes to get him on the roster. He is a franchise changing player.
But Wizards fans are dreaming. And it is kind of weird and cool.