Kevin Durant is one of the best basketball players in the league right now, and many teams would want him. The big question is what lengths they are willing to go to secure KD to a deal.
The Brooklyn Nets star has a laundry list of accolades and accomplishments that drive up his asking price by the day. He was set to hit the free agent market after winning two championships and earning two NBA Finals MVP awards.
According to Matt Sullivan, author of “Can’t Knock The Hustle,” the New York Knicks’ front office used Durant’s own father to try to get him to ink a deal to play in Madison Square Garden instead.
Durant’s father said to Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson of Bally Sports Network:
“Kevin’s very careful. Sean Mark’s very careful. Kyrie’s very careful. Nobody knew about when Steve Nash was going to be coach because those three were figuring that on their own. That all like… leaks but, the Knicks liked KD. So, Steve Mills and Scott Perry are setting up this video call with Wayne Pratt; KD’s dad, lifelong Knicks fan just like Rich Kleiman who’s KD’s manager, business partner, and agent.”
“And the Knicks and their eternal desperation of lifelong suffering Knicks fans come after KD’s dad and try to make the whole video pitch. But from my understanding from what my sources told me is that KD at that point had his mind made up. But yes, offensively it was tampering because this was before the free agency window had officially opened even though KD had offensively made his mind up to come to Brooklyn while he was still playing in the NBA Finals with the Warriors.”
We’ll have to see what Kevin Durant decides to do next, but the Knicks, and every other team out there, needs to be very cautious about contract tampering. This is something that the league doesn’t play around with and there could be stiff penalties if they break those rules.
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