Knicks NBA rumors: Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis
May the Knicks shift focus from Kevin Durant to Kawhi Leonard? (Picture: Getty Photos)
The Knicks offseason plans could also be in upheaval after the Kevin Durant harm.
Whereas the severity of Kevin Durant’s Achilles harm remains to be unknown, so is without doubt one of the potential marquee free-agency sweepstakes of the summer time.
The Golden State Warriors star was anticipated to say no his $31.5 million choice and change into an unrestricted free agent on Jul. 1. Nevertheless, an harm that might maintain him out for the 2019-20 season might scare away some large gamers available on the market that will have rewarded him with a max contract.
It will be a large funding to supply a participant with a identified, severe harm seeing because the Knicks might supply the 30-year-old a max deal of 4 years value $141 million.
Durant has been seen as New York’s important goal for the previous yr. A participant of his caliber would offer the mediocre franchise with the NBA’s worst document in 2018-19 with a fast strategy to get out of the Japanese Convention’s cellar.
It has been an excruciating month for such excessive hopes as 17 wins solely obtained the Knicks the No. three choose within the NBA Draft Lottery, which means they’re going to miss out on Zion Williamson, earlier than seeing Durant go down in Recreation 5 of the Finals on Monday evening.
Contemplating the Knicks have two max-salary roster spots obtainable, they’ll nonetheless have an opportunity to carry on one other celebrity that might play immediately.
It is going to be a troublesome promote, nevertheless, for a participant like Kyrie Irving or Kawhi Leonard to affix the Knicks once they know a yr of competition can be misplaced if Durant was out for 2019-20.
Whereas Irving has been linked with the Knicks for simply so long as Durant, Begley added that New York will “aggressively pursue” Leonard this summer time as nicely.
There is also an opportunity that the Knicks might pull off a commerce for New Orleans Pelicans middle Anthony Davis, who is predicted to be traded this summer time.
A number of stories have the Knicks as one of many favorites together with the Los Angeles Lakers for the six-time All-Star. Many imagine New York might supply the very best commerce package deal, together with belongings like Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, the rights to RJ Barrett, and draft picks.
With Davis set to hit free company subsequent summer time, securing him would additionally take up a max-salary slot. Which means the Knicks have some choices outdoors of Durant ought to this harm scare them away.