New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers are competing to sign Kevin Durant to their team.
The Knicks have been one of the biggest favorites to land the Durant, and the Clippers are hot on their tail for the 2-time Finals MVP.
The Clippers opened up cap space by trading Tobias Harris in hopes of signing a big name player next year. Similarly, the Knicks shipped out Kristaps Porzingis to clear up space for a superstar.
With $57.3 million in cap space, the Clippers are well capable of getting passed the $74 million required to land two superstars, and the team can open an additional $32 million in cap space by trading two players who have trade value in Lou Williams and Danilo Gallinari.
Both teams have also shown interest in Kawhi Leonard as well. Though the Knicks are interested, Leonard has expressed that he wants to play in Los Angeles. Also, one must give an edge to the Clippers whose top consultant, Jerry West, who has always been able to bring in superstars.
The Knicks coach addressed the Clippers situation:
“They obviously have a plan that they have in place that they’re trying to do and execute. To their credit, they’ve built a nice, tough team full of guys who understand their role.”
The Clippers have bounced back quite nicely since departing with the all-star trio of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and D’Andre Jordan, and the team is hanging onto the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Clippers hopes to build on their winning season to attract the likes of Durant and Leonard.
The Knicks have the worst record in the NBA and are trying to win the NBA Draft Lottery to land the #1 pick which they most likely use on Zion Williamson. The team will then try to use their new rookie to entice Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, or another superstar to join their team in the offseason.
The Clippers defeated the Knicks a few days ago 128-107, but they may need to defeat them again in the offseason before the flashy New York franchise snatches one of the best players in the world from their hands.