It looks like you can add Kevin Durant to the list of 2019 free agents the Knicks will salivate over.
Multiple reports stated Durant is expected come to a one-year agreement shortly after midnight Saturday with the Warriors that will include a surprising second-year opt-out. According to a source, the only issue entering Durant’s free agency was the term Durant would choose.
By electing to become a free agent again in 2019, Durant took $30 million — or $5 million less than the maximum allowed for a player of his service. A max deal would have required a two-year commitment, no opt-out.
Durant never gave the Knicks a July meeting in the Hamptons two years ago. But Durant’s manager Rich Kleiman is a New Yorker who still considers himself a Knicks fan and Durant’s father, Wayne Pratt, has been a longtime Knicks patron.
Phil Jackson and his triangle are gone, new coach David Fizdale has a lot of traction and Durant was the one who nicknamed Kristaps Porzingis “a unicorn’’ during Porzingis’ rookie season.
Knicks president Steve Mills said this week on ESPN Radio the Knicks will have room for one max contract in 2019, called Porzingis “a magnet,” “stars are going to want to come to us. That’s what we think.”
It is still believed the Knicks have their best shot at point guard Kyrie Irving because of his local ties.
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