Knicks said to be ‘all in’ on Durant this summer

The Knicks intend to be all in to make Madison Square Garden Kevin Durant's new home arena next season.

While Knicks president Steve Mills said Friday that the team may focus on improvement from within and looking more to the summer of 2020 to make a splash on the free-agent market as opposed to next summer, not so fast.

According to Frank Isola of The Athletic, New York’s plans are to be in all on in signing the crown jewel of this summer’s group of free agents, Kevin Durant, who is expected to opt out of his deal with the Golden State Warriors.

Per Isola:

“What Mills can’t say publicly, because it would violate the NBA’s tampering rules, is that the Knicks are all in on free agent-to-be Kevin Durant. The Warriors superstar is and should be the Knicks’ No. 1 free-agent target.

“And for what it’s worth, according to several NBA executives who attended last week’s G-League Showcase in Las Vegas, the general consensus is the Knicks are still very much in play to land Durant.

“Everyone says Knicks,” said one prominent player agent.”

Durant told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports his main focus on his next contract will be about one thing — money.