Are the Wizards preparing to make a run at Kevin Durant?

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - May 31: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder stands on the court during a game against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Chesapeake Arena on May 31, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 31: Kevin Durant #35 and Derek Fisher #6 of the Oklahoma City Thunder talk during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Chesapeake Arena on May 31, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Richard Rowe/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - May 31: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder walks off the court after being defeated by the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Chesapeake Arena on May 31, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Richard Rowe/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 31: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder speaks with media after Game Six of the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on May 31, 2014 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 31: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder walks off the court after Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Chesapeake Arena on May 31, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Richard Rowe/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 31: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs and Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder after Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals during the 2014 NBA playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on may 31, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 31: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks to pass the ball against Danny Green #4 of the San Antonio Spurs in the first half during Game Six of the Western Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 31, 2014 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 29: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder handles the ball in the fourth quarter against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 29, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO,TX - MAY 29: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on against the San Antonio Spurs in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on May 29, 2014 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.  Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO,TX - MAY 29: Kevin Durant #35 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on against the San Antonio Spurs in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on May 29, 2014 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 13: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder talks to the press after a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on May 13, 2014 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 7: Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is introduced before a game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on May 7, 2014 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
TORONTO - MARCH 21 - The Thunder's Kevin Durant waits for the inbound. Toronto Raptors vs Oklahoma Thunder during 2nd half action of NBA play on March 21, 2014 at the Air Canada Centre. Raptors lost 119-118. (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 16: Kevin Durant #35 of the Seattle SuperSonics runs on the court during the NBA game against the Golden State Warriors on April 16, 2008 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The Sonics won 126-121. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 26: Michael Beasley, selected second overall by the Miami Heat poses for a portrait backstage with Kevin Durant #20 of the Seattle SuperSonics during the 2008 NBA Draft on June 26, 2008 at the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)
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By SAM SPIEGELMAN
XN Sports

The free-agent frenzy that was the summer of 2014 saw LeBron return to Cleveland and 'Melo remain in New York. In 2015 we could see Kevin Love finally change uniforms, and in 2016 all eyes will be on Kevin Durant.

The reigning NBA MVP will be an unrestricted free agent in 2016, and one team may already be preparing to make a run at him.

According to the Washington Post, the Wizards hired David Adkins as a player development assistant. Adkins was a member of Brenda Frese's coaching staff at the University of Maryland the past five years and the longtime assistant coach at both Maryland powerhouse prep schools, DeMatha Catholic and Montrose Christian.

Why is that relevant? Durant played his high school ball at Montrose Christian. Perhaps adding his former coach to the Wizards' coaching staff will make Washington a more attractive option when Durant becomes a free agent.

With John Wall and Bradley Beal as two young, up-and-coming stars in the backcourt, as well as Marcin Gortat manning the center position, the Wiz could be one of the better fits for Durant if he decides to leave Oklahoma City.

When he's a free agent, Durant will only be 28 and will likely be in line for a max contract. Currently, only Wall and Martell Webster are under contract through 2016, while the Wiz hold a club option on Otto Porter Jr. Beal will be a restricted free agent.

Washington seems to be in a good state financially to make that kind of pitch to Durant.

For now, let's consider the Thunder the favorite to retain Durant. But also factor in that the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers will likely be in the mix to try and land Durant. New Knicks coach Derek Fisher played alongside Durant with the Thunder the past two seasons, while the Lakers will be gearing up for the post-Kobe era.

Hey, 2016 is only two summers away.

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