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Playing for hometown team 'doesn't resonate' with Kevin Durant, so no meeting

Playing for hometown team 'doesn't resonate' with Kevin Durant, so no meeting

While it's evident that the Wizards aren't in Kevin Durant's plans for free agency, they aren't holding out hope to make a pitch just for appearance sake. They've moved on, and league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com on Monday that the idea of returning home just "doesn't resonate" with the NBA's hottest unrestricted free agent.

There'll be no meeting.

Contracts for the 2015-16 season expire Thursday and free agency opens Friday, and Durant has lined up meetings with suitors in New York. Regardless if he opts to remain with the Oklahoma City Thunder, or leave for the Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs -- the favorites for his services -- Durant is likely to sign a two-year deal with an opt out for 2017 because he can re-negotiate a longer one under a bigger cap number ($94 million for this upcoming season vs. $108 million-plus projection starting next year).

Though the Wizards' 41-41 season didn't help, there were non-basketball reasons he wanted to stay away from D.C., too, CSN was told. Because of this, another person said there is no plan to wiggle their way in with Durant in the 11th hour of the process nor does Durant's side anticipate a meeting of any sort.

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For the Wizards, they've already shifted to Plan B which is building around what they believe is a solid core of John Wall, Bradley Beal, Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat, Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre. 

They were stuck between styles as they transitioned from two traditional bigs in the starting five to a pace-and-space unit that was battered in the paint with Kris Humphries and then Jared Dudley as the starting "stretch" forwards. When Morris was acquired in a February trade, they found the balance needed though it was too late to turn things around. 

They have non-guaranteed deals with Jarell Eddie and Drew Gooden to make decisions on by July 15, before they become fully guaranteed. Eddie will play at Las Vegas summer league. If they move on from Gooden, there's a strong chance he can be used in a trade package to fill out the roster. 

There are plenty of quality free agents to be had on the market to resuscitate the Wizards into a playoff team again. They missed for the first time in three seasons. But with 20-plus teams having cap room for a max player and the limit rising by $24 million from 2015-16 season, it's hard to predict movement and how the chips will fall this summer.

And none of them has the superstar quality or lure of Durant. 

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.

Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.


Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.

Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.

The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.

"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.

"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."


Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.

"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.

Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.

They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.


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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!