NEW ORLEANS -- In hopes of luring Kevin Durant to D.C. when he becomes a free agent in 2016, John Wall still was saying all the right things at All-Star Weekend.
His pick for MVP for the 2013-14 season past the midway point? Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the NBA's leading scorer at 31.5 points per game.
"Just the way he's playing, especially with Russell Westbrook out. A lot of people wondering who would be their secondary scorer with Russell out or their third scorer even with Russell there," Wall said. "He's playing at an unbelievable level. That stretch he went on getting player of the month, he's deserving of that."
Wall didn't get invest in his continued recruitment of Durant, who is from D.C., but he gets repeated messages from the Wizards' first-time All-Star point guard.
"I'm real cool with Kevin Durant. During the summer time we always talk. We worked out this summer," said Wall, who signed a five-year, $80 million extension that'll begin next season. "I know him very well. We're basically in the same areas, same places. You throw your pitches here and there."