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Rumor: Kevin Durant’s manager, Rich Kleiman, candidate to run Knicks

Rich Kleiman and Kevin Durant

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Durant Company/Thirty Five Media Partner Rich Kleiman (L) and NBA Player and Durant Company/Thirty Five Media Partner Kevin Durant speak onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 at Pier 48 on September 19, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

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Rumors about Kevin Durant signing with the Knicks gained momentum as he established presence in New York. But why the Knicks rather than the Nets? A tweet from his manager, Rich Kleiman, certainly colored thinking:

Of course, Durant signed with the Nets and said the Knicks weren’t cool. Durant even said if he left the Warriors, it was always going to be for the Nets (though he reportedly strongly considered the Knicks).

Durant locked in for three years with Brooklyn. He’s set there.

But how does Kleiman feel about the Knicks, who just fired president Steve Mills and are reportedly considering hiring an agent to run their front office?

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

With owner James Dolan looking at making various agents as potential presidential candidates, don’t sleep on Kevin Durant’s man, Rich Kleiman, according to NBA sources.

Ian Begley of SNY:

I’m not sure why I should trust anonymous sources who say not to sleep on Kleiman. That isn’t even saying anything! But there you go.

It would be wild for the Knicks to hire Kleiman after Durant spurned them. But you can’t put anything past the Knicks.

Of course, they also have candidates with more front-office experience than Kleiman and Roger Montgomery – like Raptors president Masai Ujiri. Again, though, good luck guessing what direction the Knicks will go.