Kevin Durant’s devastating Achilles injury could drastically alter his career, as well as the free agent market this summer. Teams must be wary about Durant’s future before offering him a major deal.
The New York Knicks have been linked to Durant for some time now, and according to Marc Berman of the New York Post, they aren’t turned off by him potentially missing all of next season.
Berman reports that the Knicks’ interest in the 30-year-old sharpshooter hasn’t waned at all in the aftermath of his Game 5
The Knicks still have two max salary slots and they still intend to explore Durant being part of the franchise whether he is able to play next season or not with what is feared to be a torn Achilles tendon.
Considering how much of a disaster the Knicks have been for much of the last two decades, and the amount of effort they put into hording cap space for this summer, it makes sense that they still covet Durant. The benefits of signing him outweigh the costs in the eyes of the New York front office.
Most likely, they aren’t alone in this line of thinking. Sports Illustrated‘s Chris Mannix appeared on FS1 this morning and said executives from “half a dozen” teams said they would still offer Durant a max deal.
"In the aftermath of the injury, I spoke to execs from half a dozen teams and asked them if this would stop them from offering Kevin Durant a max contract, and the answer was no." —@SIChrisMannix pic.twitter.com/EzEuhtrNUs
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) June 12, 2019
Of course, some of those half a dozen executives might not have the cap flexibility to offer Durant a lucrative contract, even if he was totally healthy.
Still, it seems clear the interest level for him remains high.