John Wall Already Pitching Kevin Durant on Joining Wizards in 2016 Free Agency

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2014

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John Wall, your sentiments are appreciated, but they're rather irrelevant at this current date. 

The Washington Wizards point guard is the latest player to start making pitches to Kevin Durant, who is still under contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder until the end of the 2015-16 season. You know, the one that comes after 2014-15, which can't start until the current 2013-14 campaign winds its way to a conclusion. 

Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets came first, and that was ridiculous. So too is this pitch, because every team in the NBA wants Kevin Durant to play for it. He is, after all, playing at such a high level that Roger Rubin of the New York Daily News called him the "NBA’s hottest player" after he scored only 26 points to snap his string of 30-point outings. 

Once more, you could replace "John Wall" with "Star X" and "Wizards" with "Team Y," and the headline would probably still apply.

So long as Star X played for Team Y, of course. 

But Wall proceeded with his pitch, and we have to deal with the aftermath. "I throw a little slick shots here and there,” the All-Star point guard told the Washington Post's Michael Lee about making a pitch for Durant. “Try something." 

After pointing out that Wall currently has the only deal that is fully guaranteed for the 2016-17 season, Lee reveals that the young floor general isn't typically a recruiter but would make an exception for Durant. 


Who wouldn't? 

I'm willing to bet there are a handful of players and front-office members around the Association who would be willing to get down on their hands and knees before begging Durant to grace their teams with his high-scoring presence. Literally. 

The Nets were the first team in 2014 to openly admit they wanted Durant on the roster after his contract with the Thunder expires. The Wizards are the second. 

Any bets on who No. 3 is? Before long, we might actually get through all 29 teams in the NBA that haven't had the luxury of handing Durant a uniform.