The Knicks’ competition for Kevin Durant is falling into place.
As the superstar approaches free agency with speculation rampant, Durant’s former teammate Kendrick Perkins suggested to Fox Sports that Durant could end up with the Clippers when all is said and done. While many have believed Durant is New York bound, the Clippers have long loomed as a threat, especially have clearing salary at the trade deadline for two potential max free agents.
“Everybody keeps screaming New York,” Perkins, a Durant pal, told Kristine Leahy. “Do not be surprised if KD sign and go play for Doc [Rivers]. … He likes the organization. He likes Doc Rivers. He love Doc Rivers. But me and KD don’t talk about it. He just happened to throw it out there.”
On the other side of things, Warriors owner Joe Lacob expects to keep Durant — along with Klay Thompson — in Golden State for the foreseeable future.
“We love Klay and KD and intend to attempt to re-sign them. Period,” Lacob told The Athletic. “I am confident about BOTH of them.
“But it is their choice to do what is best for them. They have earned that right. Our goal is to keep our team together. We are pretty good.”
Durant, health pending, still has the NBA Finals to play. But the field of play seems to be set for July 1.
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