Hailing from the Washington DC area, Kevin Durant is quite proud to call the nation's capitol his home. Because of this, rumors keep persisting about Durant joining his hometown Washington Wizards when he enters free agency next summer.
While the Thunder have a compelling case on why their star forward should stay, Wizards guard John Wall is going to do everything he can to make the rumors come true and get Durant to come home.
From a conversation Wall had with CSN Mid-Atlantic:
"There's going to be an opportunity to where you have an opportunity to throw a pitch at him and to try to get him to come back home. But I know one thing of just knowing him, he's really going to be very focused on taking care of Oklahoma City Thunder this season, and I'm going to be focused on taking care of the Washington Wizards. But when the time is right and he can get away from all that, yeah, we'll probably do have some conversation and throw your pitch."
This seems to be the right way for Wall to recruit Durant to the Wizards. Don't be too aggressive and pushy all year. Just focus on your own respective team and then when it makes most sense, give the hard sell. With Wall and Bradley Beal, the Wizards do make a compelling case for Durant, however he would be leaving a title contender in the Thunder to join them. The allure of playing in Washington could be a huge selling point though and one that the Wizards will no doubt will use when making their pitch to Durant.
The Wizards will have plenty of competition when they try to woo Durant next summer but they at least have Wall on their side. Who seems ready to help influence Durant any way he can.