The Knicks seem to have their sights set on pending free agent Kevin Durant, and even before the Kristaps Porzingis trade that cleared space for two max free agents this summer, Durant (and his brother) were dropping hints that he could be on his way out of Golden State.
After the Porzingis trade, Knicks officials are now reportedly "highly optimistic" that they'll land Durant via free agency. And Durant has been "nowhere to be found" in the Warriors' locker room after the last two games -- something Mercury News writer Dieter Kurtenbach finds odd.
"Durant is almost always around postgame -- he's usually one of the last guys to leave the locker room after a game," Kurtenbach wrote Monday morning. "But over the last two contests, he's been nowhere to be found. And you can't convince me that has nothing to do with the Knicks."
Kurtenbach went on to write, though, that Durant's teammates seem unaffected by the "rampant Knicks rumors" and that it seemed to be "business as usual" around the Warriors.
After the article was published, lots of Warriors fans took to Twitter to bash it -- and Durant responded by going on a liking spree.
Two of the many tweets Durant liked...
this article is brutal.. you gave us nothing to suggest he is leaving 😂 what's wrong with him leaving the arena after he played 35 minutes ??? stop reaching !!!- Clay Herrell (@clay_1313) February 3, 2019
Why is he required to speak on something that has nothing to do with his team? Just an example of the media trying to make this more of a story more than it is. Made it clear all year he just wants to hoop and talk about the rest later. Can't we just enjoy a potential 3 peat?- Roshan S. (@demarderoshan) February 3, 2019
While Durant ponders his future, the Knicks will continue to dream about pairing him with another max player this summer -- potentially Kyrie Irving, who walked back his intention to re-sign with the Celtics after the Knicks made the Porzingis trade.
"I don't owe anybody s--t," Irving said last week about re-signing with the Celtics.
Let the speculation continue.