The New York Knicks have reportedly been the leaders for Durant’s services, and they’re still apparently willing to give him a four-year, $164 million max offer. However, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst offers up a twist. On “Get Up” this morning, he said Durant and the Golden State Warriors are discussing what essentially amounts to a “delayed sign-and-trade.”
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“The Durant situation is still in flux,” Windhorst said. “One of the things being discussed right now is the Golden State Warriors would offer Kevin Durant a five-year contract, $57 million dollars extra than he could get from signing elsewhere, let him rehab, and then work with him to be traded, potentially to New York, potentially to somewhere else.”
According to a source, the Warriors were going to pitch Durant on signing long term, with the understanding that if he wanted to leave at any point during his contract the team would grant him that wish. That could still be in the works even with Durant likely to sit out most if not all of next season.
But he was also asked a new one: If he doesn’t give the Thunder an assurance that he’ll be back, is he at all worried that OKC will trade him before next Thursday’s deadline? “I never thought about that at all,” Durant said. “I don’t know, man. I don’t want to be moved. I want to finish this thing out with my team. I think we got a really good thing going right now, so I haven’t really thought about it.”
“We never talk about that stuff, me, Sam Presti, our assistant GM (Troy Weaver),” he said. “It’s always about how I can be better for my teammates and with my leadership skills.”
“I really don’t know. I doubt it, but we’ll see. I guess now that you said something, I might not be able to sleep the next few days. I never thought about that at all,” Durant said with a laugh. “I don’t know, man. I don’t want to be moved. I want to finish this thing out with my team. I think we got a really good thing going right now, so I haven’t really thought about it. We never talk about that stuff, me, [general manager] Sam Presti, our assistant GM [Troy Weaver]. It’s always about how I can be better for my teammates and with my leadership skills.”
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June 25, 2019 | 9:31 pm EDT Update
Multiple sources throughout the NBA believe Irving is leaning toward signing a four-year, $141 million deal with Brooklyn once free agency starts Sunday. And those sources universally agree he’s leaving Boston, — with those bridges not just burned, but bombed into rubble.
Billy Reinhardt: Woj: “With Kyrie, the reason he has gravitated over time to Brooklyn is the infrastructure that’s in place there.” Mentions Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, and Jarrett Allen as core pieces that are attractive to Irving.
Former Eastern Michigan University men’s basketball star Tim Bond (2014-18) came to an agreement with the New York Knicks to join its squad for the upcoming National Basketball Association (NBA) Summer League.
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Sagar Trika: Woj: If there isn’t a five-year max on Klay Thompson’s table at 6:01PM EST on Sunday evening, they can expect him to take meetings. Names the Clippers as one team he would meet with.
As a pending free agent himself, however, Green acknowledged that it’s difficult to be definitive about anything else until Leonard decides whether to stay or go. “I don’t know,” Green said, insisting that he has no insider intel on Leonard’s plans even though they played together in San Antonio and became Raptors together when the Spurs dispatched them to Canada via trade on July 18, 2018. “He may not know, but I don’t know, either. I’m probably more confused or more up in the air than he is.”