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Bye Trevor Ariza, Hello Kevin Durant

The Washington Wizards failed to re-sign Trevor Ariza and may be forced to start last year's 3rd overall pick Otto Porter. If Otto Porter plays well it might be possible to bring Kevin Durant to DC in 2015 instead of 2016.

For this to happen would depend on two things:

1.) Kevin Durant lets the Oklahoma City Thunder front office know before hand that he wants to go play for his hometown in 2016. Instead of leaving them as a free agent, he gives the Thunder a chance to trade with the Wizards to get assets back. This would be similar to the Kevin Love situation, but the team he prefers is Washington.

2.) Otto Porter performs well in 2013. Otto Porter needs to prove that he is an asset. He needs to prove that he is capable of getting 14 ppg and 6 rpg on a good playoff team like Trevor Ariza.

The proposed trade would be:

Wizards get: Kevin Durant

Thunder get: Otto Porter, Nene's expiring contract, 2016 1st round pick, 2018 1st round pick

Instead of letting Kevin Durant walk for nothing in 2016, the Wizards would trade them a 22 year old small forward who started for a team in the conference finals, an expiring contract to give them cap space, and draft picks for future flexibility.

The Thunder would remain young and competitive with this lineup instead of letting KD walk for nothing. I think they could still make the playoffs and improve with this young lineup:

PG: Russell Westbrook (26 years old)/ Reggie Jackson (25 years old)

SG: Jeremy Lamb (22 years old)

SF: Otto Porter (22 years old)

PF: Serge Ibaka (25 years old)/ Nene (old but can play and is expiring)/ Mitch McGary (22 years old)

C: Steven Adams (21 years old)/ Perry Jones III (23 years old)

I know the two assumptions above are a long shot, but any idea to bring Kevin Durant to DC is a long shot. I feel this is the best way for the Wizards to do it. If you have a better way to bring Kevin Durant to DC let me know:

This represents the view of the user who wrote the FanPost, and not the entire Bullets Forever community. We're a place of many opinions, not just one.

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