In Kevin Durant’s final season with the Thunder, there was plenty of speculation about Durant signing with his hometown Washington Wizards in free agency.
He did not, though.
During the summer’s free agency, Durant did not even take a meeting with representatives from the Wizards. The Thunder, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat were all a part of the Durant sweepstakes — but no Wizards. On Monday, Durant opened up on why he didn’t give a return home much of a consideration.
He said in an interview with the Washington Post:
“I don’t want to open up anything in the past, but I really just didn’t want to play at home. It was nothing about the fans. Being at home, I was so happy with that part of my life — playing at home, being in front of friends, hanging with friends and family every day. That was a part of my life that has come and gone.
“I was like, I’m trying to build a second part of my life as a man living in a different part of the country, just trying to do different things. I did everything I was supposed to do in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area, I felt. Now it’s time to do something new. I didn’t want to come back. That’s just my thought process behind it. It had nothing to do with basketball, the fans, the city.”
Durant, of course, left Oklahoma City and signed with the Warriors.
On Tuesday, he is set to play in his first game at the Verizon Center since spurning the Wizards.
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