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Fire up the post-trade deadline free-agency rumors, and it’s not even after the trade deadline (that comes Thursday).
Either way, it appears the New York Knicks can at least start getting excited about their summer prospects. According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, those prospects may include the Golden State Warriors’ brightest star.
“Insiders around the league think Kevin Durant is leaving the Warriors for the Knicks, Most people within the Warriors either think Durant is leaving or profess not to know one way or the other,” Amick reported. “His teammates recognize this reality, can handle it and merely want one outcome: Win a championship, absent too much drama.”
This isn’t exactly news, as we’ve been hearing these rumors and reports most of the season. But it means a little more, seems more like reality when it’s coming from a dialed-in reporter such as Amick.
Especially when Amick’s report wasn’t the only one. Other top insiders from the industry suggested the same.
The threat of the Knicks persuading Durant to leave one of the most dominant teams in league history has never felt more real to the Warriors themselves,” Marc Stein of the New York Times reported.
Or how about this:
Howard Beck of Bleacher Report reported one opposing executive “believes the Knicks have already been told Durant is coming.”
The Knicks, of course, will have the cap space to sign both Durant and another high-profile free agent (such as Kyrie Irving or Kemba Walker). They are also expected to land a top-three draft pick in the lottery.
Durant, Kyrie and Zion Williamson?
It’s just a basketball dream for Knicks fans, but many clearly believe Durant will be the first one to help make it reality.