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.