OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant being lured back to Washington

by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 1, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, front right, shoots as he is defended by Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4), from Poland, and forward Trevor Ariza (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 96-81. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, front right, shoots as he is defended by Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4), from Poland, and forward Trevor Ariza (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 96-81. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

With the Thunder making its annual appearance in Washington, the last three days have been filled with talk about whether Kevin Durant has any desire to return to his roots and play for the Wizards.

Durant was first asked about the possibility by filmmaker and actor Spike Lee during an appearance on his Sirius XM radio show on Thursday night. Durant told Lee it's not something that interested him.

“I love playing there (in Oklahoma City),” Durant said. “The city fits me. I'm one of those guys that just likes to chill. That's exactly how the town is. The people are supportive. The fans are there all the time at the games. Every game feels like it's a sellout. They just support us so much.”

But that won't stop Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall from recruiting Durant, whose contract with the Thunder runs through the 2015-16 season. Wall and Durant have spent time working out together in the offseason under the same trainer, and Wall said he's already begun planting seeds to get Durant to D.C.

“I throw a little slick shots here and there,” Wall told The Washington Post. “Try something.”

Durant was again asked about the possibility of playing for the Wizards prior to Oklahoma City's game at Washington on Saturday. And he again downplayed the idea.

“I had to buy 100 tickets tonight. I spent a lot of money on tickets tonight. Imagine if I played here,” Durant said when asked if he's given it any thought. “I don't even want to think about that. But I haven't given it any thought. Growing up here and, like I said, taking the train down to Gallery Place-Chinatown to come watch these games as a kid, I never really thought about coming home to play. I love Oklahoma City. I love coming here and visiting. Hopefully, we can change (our losing trend at Washington) and get a win tonight. That's all I'm thinking about.”

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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