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Durant on free agency: 'I didn't want to be the savior of New York'

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Warning: If you're an avid New York Knicks fan you should probably steer clear of this article.

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant recently joined The Old Man & the Three podcast hosted by JJ Redick and Tommy Alter to discuss a few rumors from year's past, as well as take a look forward at what fans can expect from the new-look Nets in 2021. 

While the two were catching up, Reddick asked a very intriguing question which sparked an even better answer from the sure-fire future Hall of Famer. 

"When did you really know you weren't going to the Knicks? And don't lie to me, Kevin," Reddick asked. 

"Na I never planned on going to the Knicks," Durant said. "That was just something the media put out there especially after I didn't sign that three-year deal the previous summer. Once I signed the 1+1 the noise got louder around me going to the Knicks for some reason."

"The Knicks need a savior, you know how that goes every time a big-time free agent is up, the Knicks are going to get them," Durant continued. "I didn't want to be the 'Savior of New York' or the 'King of New York,' that never really moved me. I didn't care about being on Broadway, I just want to play ball and go to the crib and chill. That's what Brooklyn embodied."

 

Mr. Durant thought the Knicks were too busy for him? Interesting. 

Over his final season with the Golden State Warriors, Durant averaged 26.0 points on 52% shooting from the field while snagging 6.4 rebounds, and dishing out 5.9 assists. His pairing with six-time All-Star Kyrie Irving is already one of the most-watched storylines of the coming season. 

Whether the tandem works out or not, one thing is for sure: It would have never happened with the Knicks, according to Durant.