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    Would be funny if NYK target DLo right off the bat, while Nets fool around with Kyrie... Knicks sign KD and DLo, Irving goes to Lakers and Nets back to be terrible.

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    NBA insider Ric Bucher was a guest on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and he reported Durant prefers to sign with the Knicks. Additionally, Bucher said that Durant and Kyrie Irving have “met a couple of times” since Durant’s calf strain injury and also met following Durant’s surgery for his ruptured Achilles.

    My understanding is that they’ve been talking about potentially playing together for years since playing on the national team together,” Bucher said.

    He has so many ties to the Knicks organization. He’s the godfather of Royal Ivey’s daughter, a Texas alum, and a former teammate at OKC. Those guys are really good friends and he’s still an assistant coach with the Knicks. There is even a report that DeAndre Jordan, who played for the Knicks last year and is close with KD, could add fodder.”


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    I just keep running the scenarios of what would happen if we signed Durant and Kyrie. We use all our cap space for the next 4 seasons. Weíre not a contender next season, hell we might not even be a playoff team. We just get **** on all season by the media and we end up with likely a mid 1st round pick.

    We either sign nobody or just sign injured Durant. Expectations remain low. Our young guys play. We likely get a high 1st round pick.

    If Durant and Kyrie are a package, let Brooklyn do it and get laughed at when they barely make the playoffs next season.

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    Stephen A Smith throwing around some potentially interesting information on ESPN this morning. He says this morning that multiple sources texted him that Dolan asked our front office to go through Durantís medical information with a fine tooth comb before offering him a max contract.

    SAS then says, how does that info about Dolan leak out? He speculates that KDís camp leaks that info. Extremely reasonable request from Dolan, but maybe the narrative, because itís Dolan, becomes negative about him and the Knicks because weíre the Knicks. We do due diligence and it looks like weíre being unreasonable. Chance for members of Durantís camp who want Brooklyn or Clippers or GS to sway him in that direction.

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    One option is off the table, KD picking up his option and using the year to rehab and becoming a FA next year. He's an UFA now and also still in NY discussing FA with his manager.

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    KD officially declines GSW player option.


    First hurdle cleared.

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    This latest Durant news makes sense given SASís leak this morning about Dolan requesting full medical info. Knicks definitely seem at or near the front of the line, maybe even ahead of GS.

    We need a free agency thread. Things going to start popping off in a few days.

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    If you are Durant and his agent, no doubt you are looking to setup a sign and trade to get that 5th year and extra 57 million. GS would gladly do this if they are going to lose Durant anyway since this would get them players and/or picks.

    This could come down to out of Knicks, Nets, and Clippers, who is willing to do this?

    I bet if all 3 say yes, Durant comes to the Knicks. If Knicks say no, no doubt Nets would do it.

    This situation actually kind of sucks for us, now that I work through it. Lock in 5 years and 220+ million to get a guy in his 30s with a recently torn Achilles and give up assets in the process. Sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    If you are Durant and his agent, no doubt you are looking to setup a sign and trade to get that 5th year and extra 57 million. GS would gladly do this if they are going to lose Durant anyway since this would get them players and/or picks.

    This could come down to out of Knicks, Nets, and Clippers, who is willing to do this?

    I bet if all 3 say yes, Durant comes to the Knicks. If Knicks say no, no doubt Nets would do it.

    This situation actually kind of sucks for us, now that I work through it. Lock in 5 years and 220+ million to get a guy in his 30s with a recently torn Achilles and give up assets in the process. Sigh.
    Under the new CBA, the only way a player can get that added year is to sign with his original team. Only way for KD to get an additional year with the Knicks is for GS to sign him to that 5 yr deal, have some kind of hand shake agreement with KD to trade him in the coming season after the moratorium is lifted on trading signed FA's. It's what Windhorst called a delayed SnT, way too complicated.

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    Wonder if Nets do sign and trade with DLo going to GSW?

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    I guess there are ways for KD to have control of where he wants to go if he decides he wants the supermax and the added year, he could put in trade clause approving trades that would block a trade to any team he doesn't want to go to, trading players to match salary wouldn't be a problem for the Knicks since they could just absorb his salary into cap space but now you're talking about a KD that the Knicks would be paying 60M in the 5th yr of his contract at 36 yrs old. Do the Knicks really want him that badly?

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    GSW a class org. If they re-sign both KD and KT thatís almost 1.6 nil in taxes, no?

    I think KD would trust them but I think KD is cool with the 4, especially given new team is paying 25% of contract for no KD on court

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    Being reported that Knicks expect to have meetings with Durant and Kawhi before then moving on to meeting with 2nd tier free agents.

    No mention of Kyrie. Iím fine with that. Sounds like he is heading to Brooklyn.

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    Not sure the validity of this, but it is being reported that the Clippers and 76ers are going to back off their intended pursuit of Durant in free agency. I think the 76ers are kidding themselves that they were even in contention for Durant, but as far as the Clippers, that would be a big deal. Seems like Durant will almost certainly either stay with GS or go to NYC to either the Knicks or Nets.

    On a separate note, Boston is suddenly the favorites to land Kemba Walker. That seems hard to believe, but if that is the case, that would be a big coup for Boston to lose Kyrie and replace him with Kemba, even if they are also losing Horford.

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    Add Kanter along with Perkins as ex-teammates that thought he would be a Knick and now think he'll be a a Net. Vegas odds makers also.have the Nets as the favorite to sign him. Means nothing of course and maybe not the worse thing we don't sign him for all the reasons I've said in my previous posts.

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