NBA rumors: Kevin Durant secretly pursued by the New York Knicks

NBA rumors: Kevin Durant secretly pursued by the New York Knicks

Kevin Durant can land in the Big Apple with the Knicks, should the team land a head coach that will pull in the former NBA most valuable player.

For Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant, the long and winding pre-free agency saga continues.

Despite momentarily distracting himself by getting close to the action at Super Bowl 50 over the weekend, the 27-year old forward is linked to another top market destination team in dire need of firepower to end more than a decade long struggle in the Eastern Conference.

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Enter the New York Knicks.

Previously, Kevin Durant was also rumored to be destined to either the Los Angeles Lakers or hometown Washington Wizards (Durant is from Seat Pleasant, Maryland), but the New York Knicks are seen as a dark horse to land the lanky forward, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley.

Before his firing, Derek Fisher – a former teammate of Durant in Oklahoma City – was seen as the key to landing the 2014 NBA most valuable player. However, the New York Knicks can get Durant from under the other suitors should they pick the right coach to lure him in.

Knicks team president Phil Jackson, who gave former Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis a shot as the interim head coach, has the option to select ex-Oklahoma City head coach Scott Brooks to take over the job.

Despite the possibility of Durant arriving in the Big Apple, Jackson does not have a prior relationship with Brooks. Brooks, on the other hand, has no inclination to add the Triangle Offense to his playbook.

Aside from Brooks, top coaches in the market include Mark Jackson, Tom Thibodeau, Jeff Hornacek, David Blatt, and Jeff Van Gundy – an ex-Knicks coach himself.

But before analysts and pundits could make their assumptions on who is next in line as the Knicks head coach, Jackson posted a lengthy message on his Twitter account on the qualities he is looking for in the next lead sideline tactician:

Currently, the Knicks sit in 12th place at 23-32 (won-lost) and having lost their last six games.

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