Season Preview: Denver Nuggets
Quietly, the Denver Nuggets have turned into an offensive juggernaut led by a budding superstar in center Nikola Jokic.
The New York Knicks need a superstar in the worst way and several players have rumored to be interested in joining the team. Jimmy Butler and Kyrie Irving already expressed their interest in New York in the past. However, they may have a chance to land arguably the best player in the NBA in 2019.
Durant is 30 years old and once again has one year left on this contract with the Golden State Warriors. He has $31.5 million option and can opt out the deal next summer. Durant’s recent actions only fuel the fire to the free agency rumors.
The Knicks have a chance because if how open and honest Durant is approaching free agency. Kevin Durant spoke with ESPN and explained his approach. “Just be honest. If people ask me about it, I’m not going to be ashamed to talk about why I switched teams.”
“At the end of the day, I didn’t break the law. That’s what I thought happened last time. When Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder, many experts and former athletes disapproved of the decision. Stephen A. Smith made his feelings known on First Take.
Despite the negative feedback, he led the Golden State Warriors to two more NBA championships and become the Finals MVP twice. Nevertheless, KD’s contractual patterns speak volumes to how long he will stay with the GSW.
KD’s last two contracts with the Warriors have come with player options. He opted out of his first contract with them in 2017 despite winning a championship. He did the same thing this past summer. Why would a superstar avoid committing to a long-term deal with the best team in the NBA?
The same question can be asked of LeBron James who left the Cleveland Cavaliers twice in his career. Even when he won a ring with them, he never committed to a long-term deal and always made sure opt-out clauses were in the contracts. In the end, LeBron signed with the Los Angeles Lakers and signed a four-year deal.
Durant is showing the same lack of commitment in the same way LeBron did. When a superstar continues to entertain free agency like that, that means he is considering leaving for another team. One can conclude that there is no way KD plans to stay with GS for long.
If at least one other star joins the Knicks, that will make the situation more intriguing for him. The best move would be to stay with the Warriors. However, if KD is flirting with free agency, the door is open for New York to land the best player in the game