Nov 4, 2015; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) drives to the basket in front of Toronto Raptors forward Bismack Biyombo (8) during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Durant will return to Washington D.C. tomorrow. Not to play for the Washington Wizards, but to play against them as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
There has been much pomp and circumstance around this matchup and what it will bring to the table regarding 2016 free agency.
Durant seems to be a little annoyed by the whole ordeal. In an article from Yahoo Sports’ Michael Lee, he detailed his disdain for the full court press that the Wizards seem to put on him:
"“It was crazy. It was crazy,” Durant said. “It was kind of disrespectful, in my opinion, because you’ve got a great team there already, that deserves your full, 100 percent support. And I wouldn’t like that if I was on that team. And I didn’t like that. But it comes with it nowadays. It’s a part of it.“I’m really not good with attention,” he said. “I really don’t like all this stuff to be centered around me. It comes with it, it’s a part of it, but I’m still getting used to it. I learned to embrace it a little bit more, but it’s still a little awkward for me.”"
The Wizards would add a major contributor and a superstar to their ranks. Durant has averaged a stat line of 27.3 PPG, 3.3 APG, and 6.5 RPG. This along with the likes of Bradley Beal, who will negotiate his contract during the offseason, John Wall, and Marcin Gortat, will likely make the Wizards a title contender.
Durant also added:
"“Free agency is like a season now, and it shouldn’t be that big. Me, I feel, is you should focus on who you have on your team. It’s easy to get your hopes up and expect a guy to come to your team or whatever — and I’m not talking about myself, I’m just talking about free agency in the past years and in the future — you get your hopes up as a fan, and then they let you down and you end up not liking the player. There’s a little bit too much emphasis on that type of stuff, but it’s part of the game.”"
The Washington Wizards will be at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder tomorrow and there is bound to be many fireworks. Get your #KD2DC signs ready Wizards fans; it will be a wild ride.