If you’re a Washington Wizards fan and you frequently check your Twitter account, your timeline is more than likely filled with #KDtoDC or #KD2DC hashtags and tweets. Well, what does that all mean? It’s pretty self explanatory. Kevin Durant will become a free agent in 2016 and Wizards fans have already started to campaign for his return home to the nation’s capital.
It’s no secret that Kevin Durant loves Washington D.C., but he also loves Oklahoma City. With that said, there are only a handful of players that I could think of that finished their careers where they started (Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade, Tim Duncan…am I missing anyone?), so it’s not completely insane to think Kevin Durant will eventually leave Oklahoma City.
Team USA began their training camp on Monday and Kevin Durant has already begun answering free-agency questions, despite being two years away from the actual process. Kevin Durant, the reigning NBA MVP, being linked to LeBron James’ decision to return home only means that Kevin Durant will continue to get bombarded with free-agency questions until 2016. For Wizards fans, that means he’ll continue to get asked about the possibility of him returning home to Washington.
Here were a few of his responses to some of those questions.
Everybody is asking me about it every time I go on Instagram or Twitter. All my friends ask me about it. I’m not going to sit here and act like I’m naïve to the fact that people think about that stuff–via Yahoo! Sports
Look, I’m here in Oklahoma City. I love it here.’ Who knows what’ll happen? You never can close a door on anything, but I like where I’m at right now. I can’t answer those questions.–via the Washington Post
You try to set yourself up for those situations, to have an opportunity to see him come back home and have us a big three, with me, Brad and him. We know it’d be great to have him. We know he’s got to focus on his season and what they’re doing. Hopefully around that time, we’ll do what we’re supposed to do. — via the Washington Post
So, yeah, there are a lot of people talking about Kevin Durant returning home to Washington in 2016. In case you haven’t noticed, the Washington Wizards hired one of Kevin Durant’s former coaches, let Trevor Ariza walk, and have a bunch of players that will come off the books in 2016.
I realize that it’s really fun to speculate, especially if you’re a Wizards fan who hasn’t seen an MVP caliber player suit up for your team in quite some time, but it’s also important to focus on the current roster. Really, it’s way too early to begin fantasizing about Kevin Durant joining the Washington Wizards. Of course, watching John Wall, Bradley Beal and Kevin Durant on the same team would be great, but as of right now, it’s all speculation.
Kevin Durant will inevitably continue answering questions about returning home to Washington D.C. until he’s a free agent in 2016, and I’m not sure that’s even a positive thing. A lot can change from now until 2016, especially since Kevin Durant plays with one of the best players in the NBA (Russell Westbrook) and they’ve been championship contenders for quite some time.
I’m a big supporter of the #KD2DC campaign, as all Wizards fans should be, but it’s also important to know when to take a step back.