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Report: Wizards planning 'low-key and simple' recruitment of Durant


Report: Wizards planning 'low-key and simple' recruitment of Durant

Tuesday's game between the Wizards and Thunder at Verizon Center served as D.C. fans' one last chance to make their homecoming pitch to Kevin Durant before he becomes a free agent after the 2015-2016 season. Though there were a mishmash of boos and cheers inside the arena for the former Montrose Christian star, there's no doubt that Wiz fans want Durant to come home. 

So now that the D.C. faithful's had its say, things are inching closer to the point where the Wizards organization will finally have a chance to (legally) recruit the 2014 MVP. It's been clear the team has been eyeing Durant's free agency the last two offseasons, but very little has been said about how the Wiz plan to court him once he's available. 

But Sean Deveney of Sporting News recently shed some light on the Wizards' strategy, suggesting this recruiting pitch will feature little bombast -- especially compared to Lebron James' "Decision" in 2010:

"Washington’s pursuit of Durant will be low-key and simple, a person familiar with the team’s outlook told Sporting News. Durant is not a bells-and-whistles type, and the Wizards seem to think that the lure of home and the presence of young stars Beal andJohn Wall, along with a new practice facility, will be enough to persuade Durant to come to Washington." 

Of course, it's tough to tell what Durant might be thinking eight months from now, but it seems apparent the Wizards believe they have enough enticing things to offer to make "KD2DC" a reality. 

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5 things to know about new Wizards player Ramon Sessions

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5 things to know about new Wizards player Ramon Sessions

The Washington Wizards signed point guard Ramon Sessions to a 10-day free agent contract on Thursday. Here are five things to know about the newest Wizards player...

**Sessions has played for Washington before. He was acquired by the Wizards at the trade deadline in 2015 and played out the 2014-15 season, appearing in 28 regular season games and 10 more in the playoffs. Sessions then spent the whole 2015-16 season with the team before leaving the following summer to sign a free agent deal with the Charlotte Hornets. In 1 1/2 seasons with the Wizards, Sessions averaged 9.2 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds. He shot 46 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from three.


**Sessions played one season for the Hornets and spent part of this year with the New York Knicks. The Knicks waived Sessions on Jan. 13. Over the past two seasons in Charlotte and New York, Sessions has averaged 5.7 points, 2.5 assists and 1.4 rebounds while shooting 37 percent.

**This is Sessions' 11th NBA season. In addition to the Wizards, Hornets and Knicks, he has spent time with the Bucks, Cavs, Lakers and Kings. He began his career in Milwaukee after getting selected in the second round of the 2007 draft.


**Sessions went to the University of Nevada from 2004 through 2007 and left an impressive legacy as one of the best players in the program's history. The school's practice facility is, in fact, named after Sessions. It is called the 'Ramon Sessions Basketball Performance Center' and Sessions donated $1 million towards construction costs.

**Sessions overlapped with former Wizards player JaVale McGee at Nevada. Sessions was in his final season as a junior when McGee was a freshman. The Wolfpack were quite good that year. They peaked at No. 10 in the nation, the highest ranking in school history, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.


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Remember Ramon Sessions? Wizards bring back familiar face, sources confirm

Remember Ramon Sessions? Wizards bring back familiar face, sources confirm

For the Wizards, with a tough stretch coming and with John Wall still sidelined, depth and health is of the utmost importance.

With the team set to begin the second half of the 2018 NBA season on Thursday night against the Cavaliers, Scott Brooks and company decided to make a move to shore up their backcourt depth, a commodity the team cannot have enough of.

Veteran guard Ramon Sessions, who spent the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons in Washington, D.C., has been signed by the Wizards to a ten-day contract, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller confirms.


The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN . Sessions played in 110 games for the Wizards over the course of his two seasons, playing in all 82 games during the 2015-16 season.

He joins the Wizards again having been waived by the New York Knicks on Jan. 13. Sessions averaged 12.8 mpg in 13 games for the Knicks.

Sessions is rejoining a former team for the third time in his career, having played in Milwaukee and Charlotte on two separate occasions.