Kevin Durant joining Knicks reportedly a ‘done’ deal
There has been an overabundance of speculation that Kevin Durant will leave the Golden State Warriors this coming offseason in free agency.
Many insiders believe the superstar’s preferred destination is the New York Knicks. Now comes word that Durant joining the Knicks is a “done” deal.
Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher, making an appearance on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd,” laid out what he’s hearing about Durant heading to the Big Apple.
“From everything I’ve heard, it’s done. Yes, he’s leaving… If he so much as gets [the Knicks] into the Conference Finals, he will be beloved there like he never has been at Golden State after 2 Championships.”@RicBucher on Kevin Durant’s free agency pic.twitter.com/eCHgKQxKTF— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 3, 2019
“From everything I’ve heard, it’s done. Yes, he’s leaving,” Bucher said, as transcribed by NBC Sports Bay Area. “It’s not a matter of not liking or appreciating what he has. But being there, I can tell you that Kevin Durant has never been fully embraced by the Warriors faithful. And has never, from even a national perspective, been given the just due that you would expect for a guy who has been the NBA Finals MVP of their last two championships. It’s still Steph’s team. It’s still Steph, Klay, Draymond. KD thanks for coming along and helping us win these last two. He’s never gotten the just deserts.”
Bucher goes on to surmise that Durant wants to go somewhere where he’ll be a “centerpiece,” which certainly would be the case with the Knicks.
A report from Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck also suggests that Kyrie Irving is “likely” to join his pal Durant in New York. That certainly seems like a distinct possibility given that the two reportedly text or talk every day.
Durant has been railing against the notion he’s headed to the Knicks all season. That said, so much can change on the free-agency landscape in an instant — not to mention how the Warriors fare in the postseason before that potentially playing a role — so until it’s literally a “done” deal, anything can happen.