Kevin Durant dodges free agency questions before facing Knicks
This summer, the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets will both try to make a pitch to free agent Kevin Durant. While there’s a long line of teams that want to make that pitch, people in Durant’s camp have promoted the idea of coming to New York to him, sources have told NBC Sports.
That shouldn’t be a shock. Neither should the fact that while in New York Durant has dodged the question of his free agency this summer as expertly as he knocks down an elbow jumper over a shorter defender.
At shootaround Tuesday, as the Thunder prepared to face the Knicks, Durant said this about his free agency, as reported by Royce Young of ESPN.
On playing in a small market like Oklahoma City as opposed to the big platform of New York:
So why is he often linked to New York?
Durant said nothing. As you had to expect for someone as polished dealing with the media like him.
A number of teams will try to pitch Durant this summer — the Knicks, Nets, Lakers, Heat, Wizards and on down the line — but the smart money is still on the Thunder. Durant is in his prime; he needs to be in the best position to win a title, and even though the Thunder are in the deep West where is he going to find better running mates than Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka? He is closer to a title in OKC than even if he went to the softer East.
But predicting what a free agent may do six months out can be a fool’s errand. There are a lot of variables, a lot of things that will happen between now and July 1 which will influence Durant’s decision.