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The New York Knicks are no strangers to be spurned by big-name free agents.
However, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post, the Knicks pulled the same treatment on the biggest free agent to hit the market this summer.
According to Berman, the Knicks pulled out of a scheduled meeting with Kawhi Leonard, who had agreed to meet with New York representatives, though not until Wednesday after he had finished meetings with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Meanwhile, reports surfaced Wednesday night that said Leonard is a few days away from making a decision about his future.
The Knicks decided their chances of convincing Leonard that New York was the best place for him to next call home were slim, especially with Kevin Durant off the table, and decided to cancel the meeting with Leonard because of “logistics.”
Reports have Leonard and Durant possibly looking to combine forces with either the Clippers or the Knicks, though that idea was cast to the wayside when Durant agreed to sign with the Brooklyn Nets.
The Knicks’ braintrust opted to not want for Leonard to make a decision so they became proactive in the free-agent market, spending nearly all of their $70 million in salary-cap space in the first 20 hours of the free-agency period.