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3 Reasons Kevin Durant Should Sign With the New York Knicks

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The Golden State Warriors kicked off their title defense with a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder last night, led by 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists by Kevin Durant.


The superstar's impending free agency will be one of biggest topics of the next NBA offseason. Everyone has an opinion on where he'll end up, but one thing Durant himself has made clear to this point is that he will be a free agent and he does not have any concrete plans heading into the next summer.


The Knicks are known to be in consideration for Durant, for a number of reasons, so let's lay out the three that seem to be the most important.

3. Business Interests

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It's no secret that part of what drew Kevin Durant to the Warriors was the off-court business prospects of Silicon Valley. It's also no secret that New York is Silicon Valley 2.0, plus a whole lot more. Many of the big tech players including Facebook, Twitter and Google now have their biggest offices in New York City. Durant's business partner Rich Kleiman's offices are headquartered in New York. However much this means to Durant is up for debate, but it undoubtedly means something.

2. Basketball Reasons

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While the Knicks are no prize on the court right now, for the first time in a long time their future looks quite bright. Sure, if the Warriors stuck together and kept everyone in town they could dominate the league for the next decade. But at this point, Steph Curry seems like the only one 100 percent committed to them for his entire career.


Klay Thompson says he is, but every other day there's a report he might walk next offseason for the right situation, especially if Durant doesn't stay put. The same seems to go for Draymond Green, who is a free agent in the summer of 2020.


The Knicks already have one star in Kristaps Porzingis in house, a player Durant has been outspoken about his admiration for. In fact, he gave him the "Unicorn" nickname.


First-round pick Kevin Knox looks like the real deal so far and 19-year-old point guard Frank Ntilikina looks like a player to be excited about heading into year two. Pair that with what will most likely be a top-10 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and there's a young foundation that Durant can fall in love with.


The same reasons that LeBron left an aging-yet-dominant Miami team for a younger-more-athletic Cleveland team on the rise, could apply here for Durant.


As of now, the Knicks have enough cap space for one max contract in 2019 and can get to two open max spots by trading Courtney Lee or Tim Hardaway, following the stretch of Joakim Noah. You could see lower level guys, like Lance Thomas, on the way out as well. But remember, all of these moves are doable.


With the huge free-agent class of 2019, headlined by Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and Jimmy Butler, on top of Durant, the Knicks could very well make a play for two of these guys. That would only bolster Durant's chances of ending up in New York and might even make them a more attractive long-term situation than Golden State, believe it or not.

1. Legacy

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Whether Durant is willing to admit it or not, his legacy is hands down the most important thing to him. And it could be what works the most in the Knicks' favor, both from a personal and an organizational standpoint.


Durant has been called a snake, a cupcake, a wuss, an NBA ruiner and pretty much any NSFW name you can conjure up in your head. He's literally heard it all. It affects him too, whether he's willing to admit it or not.


A move to New York would make all of that end. It would turn the entire thing on its head. Like LeBron going back to Cleveland (even though that was for basketball reasons, despite what he may have said), the fan reaction would be the same -- a very positive one.


Winning one championship in New York would help Durant's legacy more than the handfuls of rings he will, or could win in Golden State. He will be the clear best player and leader of that team. He will have, at a minimum, one other star to play with and could most certainly recruit more in the following years. The Knicks will be flushed with young talent on rookie deals, being able to maximize cap potential, especially as it grows year over year, unlike Golden State, a team that is already over the cap and will be locked into its current players.


Many may think this is just another Knicks pipe dream, but, at the end of the day, this is no different than LeBron deciding to sign with the Lakers -- except Durant prefers New York over LA and Porzingis is far better than anything the Lakers had on their roster.

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