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NBA rumors: Kevin Durant to Knicks '100 percent done,' veteran player says

NBA rumors: Kevin Durant to Knicks '100 percent done,' veteran player says

Every day now it seems we go back and forth with the Kevin Durant free-agency rumors.

He's staying with the Warriors. He's going to New York. What about the Clippers?

Round and round we go.

But FOX Sports 1's Colin Cowherd dropped some information on Tuesday's edition of "The Herd" that makes it seem like all the speculation should stop.

While discussing the possibility of the Warriors winning the NBA Finals without Durant -- who currently is out with a calf strain -- Cowherd said an "NBA veteran" slid into his DMs and told him Durant is "100 percent" going to the Knicks and has even started recruiting other players. 

First of all, Cowherd is open about the fact that he trusts this player and that this could end up being a total farce.

Durant has been open about the fact that he doesn't know what he will do this summer, and it's always seemed like his mind could change up until the moment he puts pen to paper.

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For now, the Warriors are focused on dispatching the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals en route to what they hope is a third straight title. 

But once the confetti falls on this year's NBA champion, the Dubs will turn their attention to keep their championship core together, and that starts with Durant.

Patrick Beverley using Steph Curry-Kevin Durant Warriors as motivation

Patrick Beverley using Steph Curry-Kevin Durant Warriors as motivation

The Clippers are one of the favorites to win the championship when the 2019-20 NBA season resumes later this month.

Their quest begins July 30 when they face off against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first of eight "seeding games" on the schedule before the playoffs begin.

How is Clippers guard Patrick Beverley approaching the "bubble" in Orlando? Is he focused on any specific opponent?

"I'm treating everybody the same. Every team I play, I'm playing it like we are playing Golden State when they had Kevin Durant," he recently told Dragonfly Jonez of Whistle. "Every point guard I play, I'm playing Steph Curry."

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So Beverley -- a two-time All-Defensive selection -- is adopting the mindset that every team the Clippers face arguably is the greatest of all time, and that his one-on-one matchup is against the player many consider the second best point guard ever.

[RELATED: Steph a 'liability' on defense? Beverley offers up a reminder]

It's smart to think this way because the circumstances when it comes to actually playing games will be unprecedented. Taking the court in small gyms without any fans is going to be downright strange, and some motivation will need to be manufactured.

While plenty of Warriors fans view Beverley as an antagonist who they love to root against, they should remember the respect he bestowed upon Steph, KD and the Dubs with this comment.

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2012 NBA re-draft: Where Draymond Green, others land if picks made now

2012 NBA re-draft: Where Draymond Green, others land if picks made now

Every once in a while there is a draft that has more misses than makes. The 2012 draft had a handful of massive busts in the top 10, a really mediocre second half of the first round and then some major diamonds in the rough in the early second.
 
With a little extra time before the 2019-20 season restarts in Orlando, we are going to look back at a few of the recent drafts and reset the top 15 picks with larger sample sizes of statistics to work with.
 
Does second-round pick Draymond Green get elevated to the top tier of the draft after filling up a trophy case for the Warriors? How badly did the Kings miss with the No. 5 overall pick? Who was the biggest steal in the draft?
 
We’ve already hit the 2009 and 2011 NBA Drafts. How does the order grade out for 2012?

VIEW 2012 NBA RE-DRAFT HERE