The Washington Wizards announced they are finalizing a sign and trade deal to acquire Kevin Durant from the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday morning. The trade will reportedly net the Thunder franchise significant picks and cash considerations.
Rumors had been swirling since the summer that Durant’s frustration is in winning a championship. Sources say frustration with the team’s unwillingness to spend big in free agency also encouraged Durant’s early departure.
Durant had unabashedly stated his interest in the Wizards in earlier interviews saying, “Believe it or not, I wanted to play for the Washington Wizards, that was my favorite team. They were a new team when I was growing up, so I wanted to be a part of that.”
John Wall went out of his way to woo the star small forward from her former franchise:
“We’re really close. And like I said, when the opportunity arrived to go ahead and throw a pitch at him, I had to take the opportunity to do it. I will love playing with him because I know how talented he is.”
A representative from the Thunder released a statement saying, “We are honored and blessed to have worked with Kevin during eight wonderful seasons in Oklahoma City. We wish him the best in the future.”
Durant is reportedly pushing Agent Jay-Z to build him up as a larger, worldwide brand. Seeing the reception Lebron received in returning to his hometown of Cleveland likely encouraged Durant to follow his lead and pursue a trade to his hometown team in D.C.