The Washington Wizards are considered one of the contenders in the race to sign Kevin Durant, when the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar becomes one of the NBA free agents this summer. Will the Wizards succeed in forming the superstar duo of Durant and John Wall in the offseason?
Wall said that he is looking forward to the free agency period, where he will have a chance to make pitch to fellow superstars, including Durant. The Wizards hired Durant’s former coach, Scott Brooks, in April, which created speculation the Wizards are preparing for their pursuit of the former NBA Most Valuable Player.
Wall told The Vertical that he does not think the Wizards signed Brooks just because they wanted to attract Durant. The 25-year-old admitted, though, that he and Brooks could make a pitch to the Thunder forward this summer, saying that they need another superstar to improve their chances of winning a title.
“I feel if [Brooks] can make a pitch, and I can make a pitch and [Durant] comes, it’s great,” Wall said. “I think we do need another star here, another great player to [get over] that next hump. You need three stars to win this league.”
The former Kentucky standout is close to Durant, as they both have offseason homes in Los Angeles. However, Wall and the Wizards will face strong competition in the race to sign Durant, as teams like the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors are also expected to make a strong pitch.
Wall added he is not yet ready to talk to Durant about his plan, saying that he is giving his good friend some space after their disappointing loss to the Warriors in the 2016 NBA Western Conference Finals. But in the event Durant decides to go to another team or stay with the Thunder, Wall said he is ready to move on and make other plans.
Durant, who averaged 28.2 points and 8.2 rebounds this season, could sign a four-year deal with another team with a starting salary of $27 million, Sporting News reported. The report added that Durant is unlikely to sign a short-term deal, as one source said the Washington native does not want to “do it all over again” in a year or two.
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