Kevin Durant will be the biggest free agent in the NBA next summer. The 2019 free agency class is a loaded one - Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, etc. - but no one's decision will have a bigger impact on the league than Durant's.
Most probably expect Durant will just re-sign with the Golden State Warriors on another maximum contract for one or two years, but there's starting to be some talk that the MVP forward will look to head east.
ESPN NBA expert Zach Lowe appears to be leading the Durant-to-the-Knicks bandwagon. Of course, Lowe is not saying Durant will sign with the Knicks. But he very much believes New York is planning everything around a potential Durant recruitment next summer.
"If you think the Knicks noise is bogus, it's not ... I'm not saying he's going there ... I'm saying they are absolutely planning their offseason around him. Absolutely, 100 percent," he said on a recent podcast.
Lowe spoke further about the Durant-to-New York possibility on his most-recent podcast.
I get why folks mock the notion that Durant would consider the Knicks... I know that Rich Kleiman, Durant's business manager, is from New York. Scott Perry, New York's GM, was an executive with the Seattle SuperSonics when they drafted Durant and remains close with him.
Durant probably isn't going to retire as a member of the Golden State Warriors. Maybe he will, but it seems likely that he's going to leave at some point and join a new team. The Knicks, if they're able to add another star player with him, might make as much sense as anyone.