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Kevin Durant: Wall will "be big for the city"

Kevin Durant's college stardom may have happened in Texas, and his NBA stardom may have arrived in Oklahoma, but he's still essentially a D.C. kid, and he still follows his D.C. teams. He knows how excited people here were about winning the lottery, and he doesn't have much doubt about what John Wall will mean to the area.

"It's gonna be big for the city," Durant told me just before the NBA draft began last week. "Everybody's expecting him to come in and be that guy. They're waiting for him in D.C. I'm sure he'll love it out there. I know first-hand how the fans are and how the city is, and I'm sure he'll have a great time and be a great player out there...."

"Everywhere I go, guys tell me, tell John we can't wait for him to come back down here and become a Wizard. It's an exciting time for not just the Wizards but all D.C. sports right now...with Strasburg and with Wall and of course the hockey team is always doing well. I think getting the No. 1 pick kind of rebooted everybody and the energy just went sky high. So like I said, it's a fun time for D.C. sports."

Durant, of course, will be a restricted unrestricted free agent next summer, and more than a few optimistic Wizards fans dreamed a few Wall-Durant dreams. Sorry. Put them away.

"No," Durant answered, when I asked if he's ever thought about coming home. "I mean, I'm just worried about Oklahoma City. I never envision myself playing at home, but you never know what'll happen. But I'm happy I'm in Oklahoma City, if that's what you're asking."

Still, Durant occasionally plies his trade at Barry Farm in the offseason. And as Mike Wise reported last week, Sam Cassell hopes to bring Wall by the Goodman League summer circuit so he can experience D.C. hoops. I asked Durant whether he'd help in that effort.

"I'm gonna try to do that," he said. "I'm gonna try. Me and John have been cool for a couple years now. Hopefully he comes down there and plays a little bit. Everybody's anxious and waiting for him to come down there and play."

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 28, 2010; 12:46 PM ET
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Comments

Hmmm I'm going to take that as an inference that he wants to come back here to play for us. He should since he passed over UMD and G town.

All kidding aside the wiz may want to seriously consider Carmelo or Durant both have fairly local ties and may consider coming here with a year under Walls belt...

Posted by: Eman8 | June 28, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

He didn't say no to playing with us at all... he just said he hasn't been thinking about it, which of course he's goona say. He even threw in the "you never know"... Bog you're lunchin by sayin: "Sorry. Put them away."

Posted by: Smashionals | June 28, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I love Kevin Durant. He's a phenomenal player and a great professional.

Posted by: wis193 | June 28, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Wall will be huge for the Wiz but if the team doesnt improve drastically around him, it wont amount to much

Wall has a LOT LOT LOT to work on so he wont do any sort of carrying for several years and people will figure that out quickly

Posted by: Bious | June 28, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

John Wall who? Get ready for Trevor Booker, DC.

Posted by: camcgee97 | June 28, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

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