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Wizards hire David Adkins, who coached Kevin Durant in high school

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Washington fans have their eyes on Kevin Durant's 2016 free agency already.
Washington fans have their eyes on Kevin Durant's 2016 free agency already. (USATSI)

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The Washington Wizards have hired David Adkins as a player development assistant, and this is notable because of his connection to MVP Kevin Durant, per Michael Lee of the Washington Post:

Adkins, 50, was an assistant on Brenda Frese's coaching staff with the University of Maryland women's basketball team for the past five years and helped the Terrapins reach the 2014 Final Four. Frese congratulated Adkins on the move on her Twitter account while adding that he had “a big impact on our program.” She also asked the question, “Curius? Has any women's asst coach made the jump to @nba before?”

While the Wizards' hire might seem unusual, Adkins was a longtime high school boys' basketball assistant coach at DeMatha and Montrose Christian, where he worked with future NBA players Kevin Durant, Greivis Vasquez and Victor Oladipo. He has also trained Linas Kleiza, Alex Len and Austin Freeman.

Durant will be a free agent in 2016, and after LeBron James went home, people in Washington have their hopes up. This is not going to settle them down.

It's way too early to know how seriously Durant will consider leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder, and whether or not the Wizards would be on his list. We also can't assume that the hiring has anything to do with him. It can't hurt, though, can it?

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