It will only be surprising if a team says, “We are not going to chase Kevin Durant if he’s a free agent. We don’t see how he could help our roster.”
If Durant opens the door to teams other than the Thunder, 29 of them will want an interview. He is one of the five best players in the world, a true franchise changing talent, and those do not come available very often.
So yes, Phil Jackson told Derrick Rose the Knicks want to go after Durant, as reported by Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
But Phil Jackson believes that by acquiring the former MVP point guard for one starter, a rookie and a veteran with an expiring contract the Knicks enhanced their bid to land the biggest free agent on the market, Kevin Durant….
The difference now, however, is that the Knicks are not only selling Durant on Madison Square Garden and Madison Avenue, but also a roster that features a triangle we can all understand; Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Rose, who turns 28 in October.
Previously, Durant has reportedly said he has no interest in the Knicks. Would the hiring of Jeff Hornacek and the addition of Rose be enough to change that sentiment? I wouldn’t bet on it.
Especially considering the Warriors, Heat, Spurs, Lakers, and Clippers are likely in line if front of the Knicks.
Talk to teams around the league and they think the Thunder are in the best position by far and likely retain Durant, but if he leaves the Golden State rumors are real. After that, the odds get longer and longer. Even for Phil Jackson and his 11 rings.