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Scott Brooks on idea he could recruit Kevin Durant to Wizards: 'It wasn't a package deal'

Scott Brooks on idea he could recruit Kevin Durant to Wizards: 'It wasn't a package deal'

Kevin Durant coming to town with his Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night [6:30 p.m. on CSN] has a lot of people revisiting the good old days of the KD-to-DC movement and how for years his upcoming free agency was monitored closely by Wizards fans hoping he would return home to play in D.C. He ended up signing with the Warriors, but this week looked back on that decision and why he chose to sign elsewhere.

On Monday, Wizards guard Bradley Beal recalled those times and so did head coach Scott Brooks. Brooks coached Durant for seven years in Oklahoma City and once he was hired to be the head coach of the Wizards in April, many connected the dots between him and D.C.'s favorite son.

Brooks, though, said that connection was way overblown.

"No," Brooks said when asked if he thought he was going to bring Durant to the Wizards. "The thing that I loved about the interview process with [team president] Ernie [Grunfeld] was that was never mentioned. Obviously, I have a relationship with him and he was about to be a free agent, but I wasn't hired [for that]. It wasn't a package deal. We never talked about it. After I got hired, obviously he was a target for every team that had the finances to take him on. I have a great relationship with him and a lot of respect for his family. We had a lot of great years."

Brooks and Durant were on the same team for so many years and on Tuesday they will square off as opponents for the first time. For Brooks' thoughts on that dynamic, click here.

[RELATED: Beal ready to measure up to Warriors' backcourt]

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Jordan McRae exits Wizards vs. Raptors with sprained left ankle

Jordan McRae exits Wizards vs. Raptors with sprained left ankle

Just when the Wizards were getting healthy again, they may have suffered a tough blow to their second unit against the Raptors Friday night.

At the start of the second quarter in Toronto, McRae suffered a left ankle injury after accidentally stepping on Terence Davis' foot. The team ruled it as an ankle sprain and McRae did not return to the game. 

He was writhing in pain on the floor as teammates surrounded him and helped him off the floor. As he exited the game to the locker room, McRae was not able to put any weight on his left leg. 

McRae had stepped up as one of Washington's primary scorers off the bench and a very good back-up to Bradley Beal at the off-guard spot. Over the last 10 games, McRae was averaging 19.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists on 45 percent shooting from beyond the arc. 

We don't know yet whether McRae will miss any time beyond Friday, but if he does the Wizards will have to rely more on Davis Bertans and Ish Smith for offense in the second unit. 

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Scott Brooks isn't sure if Rui Hachimura will return before February

Scott Brooks isn't sure if Rui Hachimura will return before February

Rui Hachimura is set to miss his 16th straight game with a groin injury, and his return to the court doesn't seem close. 

Before the Wizards took on the Raptors Friday night, head coach Scott Brooks said he wasn't sure if Hachimura would return before the start of February. 

Previously, Hachimura was set scheduled to be reevaluated in mid-January, so it appears after that checkpoint, the Wizards aren't ready to bring back their promising young forward. 

Hachimura originally sustained the injury by accidentally getting kicked in the groin by teammate Isaac Bonga on December 16. Before going down, Hachimura was flashing plenty of promise as a versatile offensive weapon at the power forward spot. 

As one of the top rookies in the game before the injury, Hachimura seemed like a lock to play in the NBA's Rookie-Sophomore game at All-Star weekend. That's about a month away, so this new timeline would put Hachimura's availability for that game in doubt. 

Davis Bertans, Isaac Bonga and Ian Mahinmi have helped fill in for the rookie, but in a season where development was arguably more important than winning, the Wizards and Hachimura caught a really tough break with this injury. 

In the meantime, Washington will have their hands full with Pascal Siakam and the defending champion Raptors on the road. 

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