The New York Knicks were unable to land Kevin Durant in free agency this weekend and, unsurprisingly, the franchise is now getting crushed as details begin to emerge.
Durant, who’s coming off a torn Achilles, is signing a max free agent deal with the Brooklyn Nets. He’ll be joined by Kyrie Irving, who’s also signing a max deal.
There had been some questions about Durant’s contract offers in the wake of his injury, though he reportedly had a five-year max offer from Golden State, along with his max from Brooklyn.
Did he have a max offer from the Knicks, though?
The latest report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne says no.
“The Knicks and owner Jim Dolan were not prepared to offer Kevin Durant a full max contract due to concerns over his recovery from the Achilles injury, league sources tell me and Adrian Wojnarowski,” she reported.
The Knicks and owner Jim Dolan were not prepared to offer Kevin Durant a full max contract due to concerns over his recovery from the Achilles injury, league sources tell me and @wojespn. Knicks officials are in Los Angeles tonight, meeting with free agents such as Julius Randle.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 30, 2019
Of course, everyone is laughing at the Knicks for this.
However, it’s possible the Knicks are just trying to save face, knew they weren’t getting Durant, and decided to put this out there.
Nothing should surprise anyone when it comes to the Knicks right now, though. They’ve been one of the most-incompetent franchises in the league for years and it doesn’t look like that’s changing.