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The all too simple reason why Kevin Durant didn't sign with the Wizards

The all too simple reason why Kevin Durant didn't sign with the Wizards

On Tuesday night, the Golden State Warriors will be in the nation's capital to take on the Washington Wizards.

The game has long been one of the most highly anticipated Wizards games of the season, and not just because of reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry. and surging NBA villain Draymond Green.

With Kevin Durant joining the Warriors in free agency, Tuesday will mark his first appearance in Washington, D.C. since spurning the Wizards this past offseason.

 Durant, a native of Prince George's County, did not even consider the Wizards as one of his potential landing spots, and fact not lost on many Wizards fans.

As it turns out, the reason why Durant didn't consider the Wizards was rather simple.

he just didn't want to play at home. 

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Durant recently spoke with Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post, and opened up about the offseason.

“I don’t want to open up anything in the past, but I really just didn’t want to play at home,” Durant said. “It was nothing about the fans. Being at home, I was so happy with that part of my life – playing at home, being in front of friends, hanging with friends and family every day. That was a part of my life that has come and gone.

“I was like, I’m trying to build a second part of my life as a man living in a different part of the country, just trying to do different things. I did everything I was supposed to do in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area, I felt. Now it’s time to do something new. I didn’t want to come back. That’s just my thought process behind it. It had nothing to do with basketball, the fans, the city.

“It was just like, ‘All right, that part of my life I’ve conquered already. What’s next?’”

Durant spent his entire childhood in the DC area, and even after leaving home to attend to the University of Texas, the idea of returning home for his professional career was just not something Durant wanted to do. 

It's hard to blame him. 

Durant did not owe it to Washington, D.C. There is no clause or rule saying that a player has to play with his hometown team when they become free agents. Just because LeBron James returned to Cleveland afte finding championship gold in Miami does not mean that Durant must do the same.

Would it have been nice for the native son of Prince George's County to return home and help John Wall and Bradley Beal turn the Wizards into a bona fide NBA Finals contender? Absolutely. But it was his decision, not the fans, and he decided to go elsewhere.

The Wizards have done pretty well without Durant, too. They will get their chance to prove it on Tuesday.

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Pelicans reportedly trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for a huge haul including Lonzo Ball

Pelicans reportedly trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for a huge haul including Lonzo Ball

According to a report from ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers have acquired Pelicans' forward Anthony Davis in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and multiple first-round draft picks, including the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

The announcement comes less than 48 hours into the NBA offseason, although the rumors and speculation of the deal has been a prominent storyline for months.

The much-anticipated deal gives the Lakers the star they've been trying to pair with LeBron James for some time and gives the Pelicans a young nucleus to build around the presumptive No. 1 pick Zion Williamson. 

According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, the Boston Celtics refused to part ways with promising forward Jayson Tatum in a potential trade with New Orleans.

The Celtics had been in the mix for Davis, but with Kyrie Irving likely headed for the exits, Danny Ainge was unwilling to part with his young assets in exchange for the one year remaining on Davis' contract.

Before the Davis domino fell, NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes wrote about how a Davis trade could impact Bradley Beal's value

The Lakers, Knicks and Celtics all appear to want Davis and only one can get him, if he is even traded at all.

If the quest for Davis comes down to those three teams, there will be at least two that lose out.

The Knicks or Celtics now must determine whether trading for Beal is their next-best option behind Davis. 

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Report suggests Barack Obama is trying to recruit Masai Ujiri to Wizards

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Report suggests Barack Obama is trying to recruit Masai Ujiri to Wizards

The Wizards are reportedly preparing to make Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri a massive offer to run Washington's NBA franchise. And they may have some big-time help recruiting him to D.C. 

Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, is trying to persuade Ujiri to leave the NBA champions to join the Wizards, according to The Athletic's Ethan Strauss. 

"I hear Barack Obama's a part of that whole Masai recruitment to D.C.," Strauss said on a recent episode of the "Back To Back" podcast. "I've heard Obama wants Masai in D.C. Obama wants to do something with basketball."

Obama and Ujiri are close friends. Obama was in attendance at Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Toronto, while Ujiri attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2015 when Obama was in office. 

The Wizards' potential offer for Ujiri is reportedly for six years, $60 million, and could possibly include an ownership stake in Monumental Sports & Entertainment and other responsibilities within the company, sources have told NBC Sports Washington. 

And hey, it doesn't hurt to have the former Commander in Chief making your sales pitch.

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