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Knicks Insider Addresses 2019 Free Agency Rumors

Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving at Team USA mini-camp.

New York Knicks legend Walt "Clyde" Frazier is no fan of today's NBA superstars teaming up to win championship. He thinks it may benefit his club though.

There have been plenty of rumors about what the Knicks may be able to pull off in free agency next year.

Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler have been rumored to be considering forming an elite backcourt. The Knicks, one of the teams local to Irving's native New Jersey, have been floated as a potential destination for both top guards.

Kevin Durant could leave the Golden State Warriors after next season, and potentially, a third straight title with the team. The Knicks have been named as a team to watch there as well.

Walt "Clyde" Frazier says there is a 50-50 shot that the Knicks are successful in their pursuit of stars like Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, and Kevin Durant.

He recently appeared on Sirius XM Radio to discuss the NBA and the Knicks, and said as much. Via ESPN:

Frazier was asked on the radio show whether it was realistic to think that Durant, Kyrie Irving or Jimmy Butler -- all potential free agents in 2019 -- would sign with the Knicks.

"Probably 50-50," Frazier said. "You never know what these guys are thinking today. It's not something that I would have done. I would have never joined [Jerry] West or [Bill] Russell or [Wilt] Chamberlain. I wanted to kick their butt.

"It's something that today's players, they have this camaraderie, they want to play together. [Carmelo Anthony] going to Houston with Chris Paul, they've had that going on a long time that they wanted to be teammates. It's a possibility that these guys might get together and come to New York."

Earlier in the interview, he blasted Durant for leaving Oklahoma City for Golden State, saying the move holds him back from moving too high on the list of all-time greats.

"Durant, I mean, as great a player as he is, I would still hold back because, man, he joined a team that really didn't need him. You know what I mean? "He's right there with LeBron [James], probably will surpass LeBron as the best player in the game soon. But for him doing that, I still don't give him the full credit that he probably would have deserved if he stayed with [the Oklahoma City Thunder] and won a title with that team."

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"He's going to be down the list for me because of that. There will be an asterisk by his name," he said, chuckling.

That opinion of Durant is certainly not one that is unique to just Frazier. However, if he was to jump to New York, we don't think there'd be too many complains from Frazier, or the rest of the folks around The Garden.

[ESPN]