Report: Kevin Durant allured by Knicks same way LeBron James allured by Lakers
LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, a prestigious franchise in a large market.
Kevin Durant can become a free agent next summer, and – oh hey, there’s the Knicks, a prestigious franchise in a large market.
Chris Haynes on Fox Sports 1:
Haynes still gave the Warriors the edge to re-sign Durant. Remember, LeBron was on a Cavaliers team with an owner he disliked and supporting cast he couldn’t trust. Durant doesn’t have those problems in Golden State, so outside franchises might not sway him the same way.
But Haynes could be in the minority in believing Durant will return to the Warriors.
Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post on the “Yahoo Sports NBA: Chris Mannix” podcast:
Durant-Knicks rumors have swirled for a while, and so has the idea of Durant modeling his career after LeBron. But a good reminder: Last time we thought Durant would follow in LeBron’s footsteps, it meant Durant signing with his hometown team. Of course Durant barely gave the Wizards a look in 2016 free agency.
He didn’t meet with New York that summer, either, for what it’s worth.
Kristaps Porzingis has breathed new life into the Knicks, and they’re trying to improve their reputation for star free agents. But they still seem too far off for a player like Durant.
I’d still consider Warriors favorites to re-sign Durant, but the increasing New York chatter is impossible to ignore.