The most coveted player in this year’s NBA free agency is none other than Kevin Durant. The spry ball player has proven to be the most cerebral scorer in recent memory. His uncanny ability to light up opposing defenses is legendary. A player who’s considered to be damn near 7’0” and as nimble as Durant is hard to find in today’s game. That’s why the New York Knicks are hoping to woo the 27-year-old. After nabbing Derrick Rose in a blockbuster trade last week, the Knicks are hoping to pry away Durant to bolster their chances of winning that elusive title. Believe it or not, this is a relationship that needs to happen. Here’s why…
They both need a ring.
Durant has haplessly watched his peers leapfrog him over the years. Both LeBron James and Stephen Curry reached the proverbial mountaintops of the NBA and hoisted the Bill O’Brien Trophy in June. With only one Finals appearance under his belt, you have to wonder if Durant has exhausted all of his options in Oklahoma City,
With the Knicks adding Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, who reportedly will sign for $18 million a year according to the Washington Post, this certainly increases their chances of contending for a title in a paltry Eastern Conference. A line-up consisting of Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Kristaps Porzingis will instill fear into the hearts of a lot of teams.
They both can score insane $$$.
The Knicks noticed a nice increase last year in attendance and jersey sales, courtesy of the unexpected emergence of Kristaps Porzingis. His jersey flew through the racks, and he instantly became a fan favorite. The same will happen to Kevin Durant. A slew of endorsements will come KD’s way considering he’s in the biggest market in the world , New York City. KD has landed numerous endorsements in Oklahoma City. Now imagine the opportunities he can land if he steps foot into the Garden.
To help further the development of Kristaps Porzingis.
No one, and I repeat, no one thought that Kristaps would be a beastly ballplayer straight out the gate. Based on the eye test, you would have thought this 19-year-old kid needed to add some extra pounds if he hoped to survive in rugged league. Well, Kristaps definitely showed up his rookie campaign. He averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks during his first year. He exhibited tremendous touch from the perimeter, in addition to crazy athleticism. The kid is only going to get better.
Last season, before a game against the Knicks, Durant referred to the Latvian hooper as a “unicorn” because of his otherwordly abilities. Durant serving as an ally will further KP’s development. Also, KP’s age will only help KD and the veteran ball club, consider he brings in a sense of youth and energy.