The New York Knicks have been in tank mode all season and after trading away Kristaps Porzingis, the team cleared enough cap space for two max free agents. Many have an idea of who those two potential free agents could be. ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith said Saturday that there is a “95% chance” that Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant and Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving will team up in New York next year.
Yes. From everything I’ve heard, KD and Kyrie are planning on coming to New York. 95% Chance they say! Only potential hiccup is KD changing his mind pic.twitter.com/9ezL7IEc3y
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) May 11, 2019
Smith also notes in his recent statement that some people in their respective camps might be telling Irving and Durant that there may be better options for them in terms of which team they will sign for in the summer, but that both guys have already set their sights on making the Madison Square Garden their new home court.
This has been a rumor that has been circling for some time now, and Smith is just the latest to provide a seemingly highly reliable source for the potential team-up.
After the Boston Celtics were eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, many believe that Irving might have already played his final game for Boston. The same can be said for Durant and the Golden State Warriors, with the reigning back-to-back Finals MVP recently going down with a potentially season-ending calf injury. The Warriors still went on to win their series with the Houston Rockets without Durant, only shows that the team really doesn’t need him as much as people would think.
It would also probably be good for the NBA if something like this were to happen. The Warriors have built a monopoly over the rest of the league and having them break up would restore some competitive balance to the game. If Smith is right, we wouldn’t have to wait much longer. Free agency begins on July 1st.