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Randy Wittman says he wants the Wizards to sign Kobe Bryant

He has also apparently never heard of tampering.

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The Washinton Wizards have been discussed as a potential suitor for D.C. native and cream of the 2016 free agent crop Kevin Durant for the last two years. The team struggling to a 36-37 record during the 2015-16 season after reaching the second round of the playoffs a year ago has cooled much of that talk, but head coach Randy Wittman has a backup plan if the Wizards miss on Durant.

"[Kobe Bryant] has been great. He can still play," said Wittman after the Wizards beat the Los Angeles Lakers 101-88 on Sunday night. "I don't know why he's retiring. I might ask him to come play for the Wizards next year."

Wittman was likely kidding, and Bryant has pretty firmly committed to hanging up his Nike's after the 2015-16 season, but there is one scenario that might entice the future Hall of Famer to become a Wizard: the chance to follow in his idol's footsteps.

Michael Jordan, who Bryant clearly looked up to and patterned his career after, also famously came out of retirement to join the Wizards after spending the entirety of his career with another franchise. Maybe Bryant could be enticed by the thought of following one of his idol's career to the letter.

Yeah, that's never going to happen. Wittman is going to have to settle for the marginally better chance of #KDtoDC because his #KBtoDC is pretty much dead on arrival.

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