‘KD’ author: Kevin Durant signing with Knicks not a sure thing
The prevailing belief among NBA insiders and the like is that Kevin Durant will leave the Golden State Warriors and sign with the New York Knicks. According to the author of a new book on Durant, everything is merely speculative at this stage.
Marcus Thompson II, the Bay Area lead columnist for The Athletic and previously a longtime Golden State Warriors beat reporter, is the author of “KD: Kevin Durant’s Relentless Pursuit to Be The Greatest,” which is slated for release next week.
Thompson, speaking to the New York Post, stressed how Durant’s “vacillating” nature makes it difficult to accurately predict what the mercurial star may or may not do in the future.
“If they don’t mind their hearts broken, they can listen [to the speculation],’’ Thompson said of Knicks fans prematurely assuming the purported inevitability of Durant joining the team.
Buzzword-worthy phrases like “done deal” and “just a matter of putting pen to paper” have been thrown around about Durant signing with the Knicks. That may not be the case, Thompson says.
Thompson previously believed that Durant at the very least would leave the Warriors regardless of how things play out this postseason. He is now hedging his bets in that regard, though Thompson believes the Knicks have a real shot at landing the coveted superstar.
“I feel stronger about the Bay Area than at the time,’’ Thompson said. “It underscores the nature of him. He’s trying to figure it out. At the end of the day, he has to sit down in front of people so they can paint the picture of the Knicks. I do feel like the picture the Warriors will paint is a pretty good one.”
In the end, it will be Durant’s decision and his decision alone.
“One thing is very clear, Kevin is going to do what he wants to do. He’s shown he vacillates and struggles about stuff and thinks about stuff, weighs it, feels it and it changes,” Thompson said. “He’s being more ‘him’ now. I don’t know how people are saying it as such a lock.”