There’s speculation the Washington Wizards hope to capitalize on the recent move of LeBron James to his hometown, but this time with Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant.
According to NBC, Kevin Durant is a free agent in two summers and is a Washington, D.C. native.
NBC reports, the recent replacement of Trevor Ariza with Paul Pierce may be a sign of a strategy to lure Durant.
Pierce is taking Ariza’s place on a two-year deal for less money.
According to J. Michael of CSNWashington:
Trevor Ariza left for $8 million per year to the Houston Rockets, which is surprising to some in receiving a four-year deal. The reason the Wizards passed? Persons with knowledge of the situation told CSNwashington.com that he wanted $10 million and the Wizards wouldn’t budge because they have an eye toward 2016 free agency and wanted to keep flexibility with the salary cap. In other words, Kevin Durant.
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According to NBC, the hiring of David Adkins, who coached Durant in high school, from the University of Maryland’s women’s team as assistant coach to player development for the Wizards this past week isn’t a coincidence.