The New York Knicks are preparing for one of the franchises’ biggest off-seasons in their history as they look to target some very high-profile names.
The Warriors and Raptors are battling it out in the NBA Finals as the Knicks watch on and two of the biggest stars from the two teams are about to enter free agency, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard. A recent report suggests that the two All-Stars could team up in New York next season.
Fox Sports’ Cris Carter reported that Leonard is interested in teaming up with Durant as potential teammates of the New York Knicks.
Interesting insight from Chris Carter this morning on @FTFonFS1.
Carter, who is very close w/ Kawhi Leonard and his camp, said that:
“I believe the Knicks have a shot to land Kawhi and KD.” And added that Kawhi and Durant teaming up in New York is a “real possibility.”
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) June 10, 2019
It’s been reported that Carter has a strong relationship with the Raptors All-Star and Tommy Breer believes that he usually correct with these types of calls.
“For those questioning the validity of Chris Carter’s opinion on Kawhi Leonard’s situation – go back and check Carter reporting regarding Kawhi and the Spurs relationship last year. He has had more accurate inside information about Kawhi than arguably any sports media personality,” Breer tweeted.
The Knicks have the cap space room for two superstars but it would be interesting to see them go after two players who play in the same position. However, based on current form, there’s not too many other players right now that you would pick over Kawhi and KD.
It’s far more likely to see Durant move to New York with the two-time Finals MVP being linked to the franchise for months. The Knicks are currently the odds-on favorite to land Durant where as Kawhi Leonard is more likely to stay in Toronto after their incredible postseason performance.
The other potential new home for Durant may be the Brooklyn Nets with Fox Sports’ Chris Broussard reporting that the Nets are the favorites to sign free agent Kyrie Irving who could attempt to recruit KD to Brooklyn.
“The latest on the NBA streets is Kyrie Irving is leaning heavily towards Brooklyn and is trying to get Kevin Durant to join him,” Broussard noted on The Colin Cowherd Show.
This would be another big potential power duo if the Brooklyn Nets can land two big-named stars.
Kawhi Leonard will be a lot tougher to win over but The New York Post have recently reported that New York “expects” are planned to meet with Leonard when free agency begins.
According to NBA sources, Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry expect to get a meeting with Raptors star Kawhi Leonard and at least have a puncher’s chance despite all the Kevin Durant hoopla.
The whole situation will be a lot clearer at the conclusion of the NBA Finals.