The New York Knicks have been planning this summer for a long while now, and (to nobody’s surprise) it revolves around Kevin Durant. Once, and if, they lock him into a multi-year deal, they will essentially let him dictate where the franchise goes from there.
If it means going after Kyrie Irving, then so be it. But for those within the Knicks organization, they might rather go in a different direction than the one that involves Uncle Drew.
If it’s Irving, New York will have enough room to offer him a four-year, $141 million max contract. Irving will have other suitors, including the Los Angeles Lakers. Some opposing executives also think Irving will strongly consider the Brooklyn Nets. So even if Irving decides to leave Boston, the Knicks will have competition for him.
It’s also worth noting here that some in the Knicks organization are high on fellow free agent point guard Kemba Walker, sources say. But that probably doesn’t matter if Durant tells the Knicks that he’ll sign with them, and that he wants to play with Irving.
While the Knicks would obviously still love to have a guy like Irving, his value has been a big question after his nightmarish season in Boston. His leadership tactics leave a lot to be desired, and his ball-dominant play style makes him hard to pair alongside other talented scorers.
Kemba is a less selfish version of that who plays his heart out every night. He might be willing to defer more to KD if given the chance to win a Championship. So while the decision ultimately lies with Durant, the Knicks’ latest feelings on Irving are not a good sign of things to come for the 27-year-old point guard.