That’s the verdict of Jason McIntyre of Fox Sports.
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Durant faces a key career decision and can opt out of his final year at the Golden State Warriors to move somewhere else as a free agent.
He has won two championships in two years with the Warriors and despite their struggles this year, is expected to pick up a third straight title in June.
But the back-to-back Finals MVP has come in for constant criticism during his time in the Bay Area for departing Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder for a team where he was also guaranteed for success.
That has seen an asterisk placed on Durant’s achievements by many and it is believed the 30-year-old forward may well seek to lead his own team to a triumph in response.
That has seen the All-Star-less LA Clippers touted as one destination given they have the salary cap space for two max contract players, while the Knicks are also in dire need of a revival and boast the finances to pull off a major acquisition.
The Los Angeles Lakers are keen to surround LeBron James with more elite talent and have also been tipped to try and tease Durant to southern California, although the nine-time All-Star has suggested he does not want to join LeBron.
And asked about the Knicks recently ahead of a contest with Golden State, Durant was positive about the team and hailed that their young team “is starting to get it and figure it out”, adding: “Just the way they play and playing hard and giving it all for their coach, you can see that playing against them.”
He also hailed rookie Kevin Knox as having “a bright future ahead of him” and added on the injured Kristaps Porzingis: “I hope that he recovers from the injury and gets to play the game that he loves. Obviously he loves to play and fans of New York and his team-mates love having him out there.”
And while Durant also distanced himself from a move to the Big Apple, insisting he has “no clue” where such rumours come from, McIntyre suspects the Knicks are a serious option for the star.
“The Knicks are quietly becoming attractive to Durant,” he told Scoop B Radio with Brandon Robinson.
“You hold out Porzingis the rest of this season so he comes back next season fully healthy.
“They’re tanking aggressively, they’re looking right now at one of the worst three teams in the league.
“They win the [NBA draft] lottery, you’re looking at a healthy [Kristaps] Porzingis, maybe Zion Williamson, Tim Hardaway Jr. has had a pretty nice year, Kevin Knox looks like a promising rookie.
“Does Kevin Durant want to come and lead that group? Zion isn’t going to be the best player in the league right out of the beat but he’s going to sell a lot of tickets and he’s unselfish.
“I don’t think Zion could be a No 1 on a championship contender.
“But I do wonder, are the Knicks attractive? Hardaway as your No 4 guy, Knox as your No 5? That’s a squad that’s challenging.”