Gear up, folks: This is just the start. From now until the summer of 2019, we’re going to hear a lot about the impending free agency of Kevin Durant. There will be rumors, reports, speculations, questions, and quotes.
So let’s start it off with a good one.
Chris Haynes, who currently covers the league for Yahoo! Sports, but until a few weeks ago covered the Golden State Warriors for ESPN, was on Undisputed Thursday morning, and noted that Durant could very possibly leave for the New York Knicks next summer.
“Knicks have a very good shot at luring KD away from the Bay Area ... The same allure that LeBron had towards the Los Angeles Lakers, just the building, the culture, is the same way I know that KD feels about the Knicks”@ChrisBHaynes on @undisputed— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) October 3, 2018
"New York Knicks have a very good shot at luring KD away from the Bay Area. ... The same allure that LeBron had towards the Los Angeles Lakers, just the building, the culture, is the same way I know that KD feels about the Knicks." — @ChrisBHaynes pic.twitter.com/04xDGmLA2k— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) October 3, 2018
“This could get me in trouble here, but let’s go,” Haynes began, when asked for a prediction on where Durant lands next summer. “When was the last time the Lakers and the Knicks were relevant at the same time? Some millennials don’t even know anything about that. ... I will say this: The New York Knicks have a very good shot at luring KD away from the Bay Area. The reason I say that is his business partner, Rich Kleiman, is based in New York - huge New York Knicks fan. Their business is located, and based in New York. KD’s dad is a big New York Knicks fan. The same allure that LeBron had towards the Los Angeles Lakers - just the building, the culture - the same thing, the same way, I know that KD feels about the Knicks. Now, I will say this: Golden State does have the edge, obviously, what they built. But, I think for Golden State Warriors fans ... they will always be Stephen Curry’s team. If he were to bolt, this wouldn’t be a situation like it was with LeBron leaving Cleveland ... So I will say Golden State has the edge, but the Knicks, I think they’ll be in play.”
Haynes makes a lot of great points, and it’s interesting to see the argument laid out with such clear and objective points.
But at the end of the day, no one knows - and that seems to include Durant.