At this point, it seems unlikely Kevin Durant would choose the Washington Wizards in free agency. Why would he willingly join a struggling team when the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Boston Celtics will (presumably) all be offering him greater chances at success?
But that shouldn't prevent the Wizards from trying. Their offseason strategies in previous summers have been based around freeing up cap space for the 2016 pursuit, and they need to see it through while playing up the hometown advantage.
Durant and John Wall would make for a dynamic duo, after all.
It's only after Durant signs elsewhere that the Wizards can shift to their second priority—recovering from the snub.
Wall, Marcin Gortat, Markieff Morris, Otto Porter, Drew Gooden, Kelly Oubre and Jarell Eddie will be the only seven players under contract, and that doesn't exactly make for a convincing lineup. Spending the excessive amounts of cap space on high-quality additions and re-signing Bradley Beal to a lengthy deal will be wholly necessary if the Wizards expect to jump back into the Eastern playoff picture.
Adam Fromal covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @fromal09.
All stats, unless otherwise indicated, are from Basketball-Reference.com or Adam's own databases and accurate through games played on March 22.