John Wall reveals he knew the Wizards would not sign Kevin Durant back in 2016

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John Wall revealed he knew Kevin Durant would not sign with the Washington Wizards back in 2016.

The Wizards were one of the teams that were interested in signing Durant, yet the latter decided to join the Golden State Warriors.

“We felt like we weren’t getting Kevin, just from knowing everything and thinking ahead. Like, okay we know Kevin’s not coming here so just keep the core we have. We have a great core with Trevor Ariza and all the guys we had. Don’t get me wrong, Paul was great for us.

Paul Pierce was great for us, but we just felt like that experience we had with Trevor and the way he was shooting the ball and things and the way he defended, he was the perfect person we needed for LeBron [James]. Even though nobody’s going to stop LeBron, he just made it tough on LeBron.

One thousand percent. We still think about that (parting ways with Ariza) to this day. I feel like that was the biggest piece we lost,” Wall said, via Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington.