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NBA Executives Think Knicks Were Told Kevin Durant Is Coming To New York

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Trading away your franchise player (especially when he's on the left side of 30) is always a risky move. When you trade away that same guy for practically nothing in return, it goes from risky to just plain weird.

When the Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis, the community had no idea what to think. Of course, most were outraged and confused, not understanding why New York would trade away such a promising young prospect for cap space.

When you think about it, the only way this really makes sense is if the Knicks know something about their future that we all don't. And, according to what one rival executive told Bleacher Report's Howard Beck, that has got to be the case.

"The only reason you can justify doing it is you have some level of certainty in your own mind that you're getting KD and Kyrie, or KD and whatever," a rival executive said.

Others were more blunt. "It means they're pretty sure they're getting KD," said a rival exec who believes the Knicks have already been told Durant is coming.

Whatever is making the Knicks so confident in their chances at landing a big name must have superseded the need to keep Kristaps Porzingis. And the execs are right, it's the only way to justify the whole thing.

With so many rumors about Kevin Durant leaving the Warriors, nobody thought for a second that he'd be jumping ship to New York. Yet, with half the season officially history, that fantasy is getting much closer to reality.