Kevin Durant is extremely unlikely to see a minute on the court in the 2019-20 NBA season, but he's still going to sign with a team beforehand. While his intentions have been a mystery all year, one NBA analyst has an idea of where he's going.
In an appearance on ESPN's Get Up!, NBA analyst Jalen Rose suggested that Durant will choose the New York Knicks. He explained that he believes that Durant re-signing with Golden State with the expectation of being traded to his preferred destination might not work. As a result, Durant will likely opt for free agency.
Rose went on to suggest that since Durant has multiple championship rings and the ability to command a max deal wherever he goes, he would choose the Knicks for a chance to play at Madison Square Garden and essentially create his own legacy.
“I still feel like if you’re gonna leave the Golden State Warriors, it’s not just about the rings — he got two there. It’s not just about the money, because he could get more there. It’s the stage. And if you’re gonna come to New York City, that’s at MSG.”
Unfortunately, no matter where Durant goes this off-season, his ruptured Achilles will prevent him from playing the overwhelming majority of the 2019-20 season.
With that in mind, the market for Durant is likely to change dramatically as teams looking to win now may go in a different direction.
In addition to the Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets might be an appealing destination too. The Nets are likely to sign Boston Celtics star (and friend of Durant) Kyrie Irving.
Will Durant become a member of the Knicks this summer?