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Stephen A. Smith: Knicks "Reluctant" To Offer Kevin Durant Max Deal

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Earlier Wednesday morning, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski revealed Kevin Durant declined his player option and became an unrestricted free agent.

NBA teams will be lining up to throw money at Durant, despite him having suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in the NBA Finals. Durant won't be ready to see the court until 2020-21, but that doesn't mean teams aren't willing to offer him the max - or does it?

The New York Knicks were expected to be in the KD sweepstakes.

However, Stephen A. Smith suggests Knicks owner James Dolan expressed "reluctance" to offer KD a max deal.

"James Dolan expressed a bit of caution or dare I say reluctance to offer Kevin Durant the max. I reached out to some of my other sources and they said that's not entirely correct. He wants to see the medical report and make sure the Knicks want to go through that with a fine-toothed comb," Smith said on Wednesday.

After turning down his player option, Durant has the freedom to sign with any team - any team that has the cap space, that is.

New York and Brooklyn have expressed interest in KD. Golden State general manager Bob Myers revealed the Warriors plan to make an aggressive play to keep Durant on the team.

Stay tuned for the latest.