John Wall takes part in Kevin Durant’s organized pick-up games, per report

Feb 1, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) dribbles the ball as Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) defends in the second quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

John Wall is working towards his return to the court, after almost a two-year absence. Wall was taking part in 5-on-5 scrimmages with teammates before the NBA shut down on March 11.

But now, according to an NBC Sports’ report, he is competing against the NBA’s best talent ahead of the 2020/21 season start.

Friday, in Los Angeles at The Academy — once known as the Mamba Academy — Wall and several Washington Wizards players, including Troy Brown Jr. and Thomas Bryant, took part in several runs of pickup with members of the Brooklyn Nets. The games featured D.C.-area native Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, among others.  

According to a source, the pickup games were put together by Durant. Like Wall, Durant missed the entire 2019-2020 season after surgeries to repair a torn Achilles tendon. 

The report suggests Wall showcased his usual explosiveness and ‘much-improved’ three-point shooting ability. With Beal also being at his best, the Washington Wizards could fight for a playoff spot next season.