The Wizards are not leading contenders to land Kevin Durant in free agency this summer, Adrian Wojnarowski told Fox Sports Radio Saturday.
"Washington and the Lakers, they are not frontrunners for Kevin Durant," Woj said before reiterating that the Warriors are "significant frontrunners" to land Durant if he leaves the Thunder.
It seems Markieff Morris arriving in Washington has done little to sway Wojnarowski, who didn't even mention his name in the conversation. But what about the Wizards giving up a top-9 protected pick as part of the trade for Morris?
It certainly doesn't hurt their chances with the Washington-area native. That's because draft picks aren't enough enticement, explained Woj.
"He wants to win a championship ... Kevin Durant doesn’t care if [the Lakers] have the 1st pick, 2nd pick, 3rd pick … no free agent cares. No free agent of his stature cares what draft pick the team has, because that guy’s not going to help them win a Championship in the next 2-3 years."
The KD calculus seems to come down to his future chances of beating the Warriors.
"Part of his criteria, sources tell me: Is that team good enough to beat Golden State with me on it? Or is it Golden State?" Woj said.
The Wizards have a whole lot of ground to make up for Durant to believe they could beat the Warriors. And not a lot of time.