Jan 28, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts by pounding on his chest after making a play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Jan 28, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts by pounding on his chest after making a play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Warriors star Kevin Durant can be a free agent after the season, and the idea that he could join the Knicks this summer took a hit when he suffered an Achilles injury in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Here's the latest...


June 12, 9:36 AM:

While many thought Durant opting in to the $31.5 million option with the Warriors for 2019-20 was likely in the wake of his Achilles injury, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said Wednesday that it would be the "last resort."

"That's really if you couldn't find any other team to commit to you on a contract," Wojnarowski said, adding that he still thinks there will be a market for Durant to get a "max or near-max contract."

Wojnarowski noted that despite the injury, he still expects there to be a market for Durant, adding that if it came down to signing a two-year deal elsewhere (with the yearly salary starting around $38 million), Durant would rather do that than return to the Warriors on the one-year opt-in. 

June 11, 2:24 AM:

Per ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, the Warriors expect Tuesday's MRI to confirm a right Achilles tendon tear. 

June 11, 12:13 AM:

Warriors GM Bob Myers announced after Game 5 that Durant has an Achilles injury. The extent is still unknown. 

June 10, 10:55 PM:

Durant left Game 5 of the NBA Finals early in the second quarter with a lower leg injury. He will not return and will be scheduled for an MRI on Tuesday morning. 

Durant, who returned to the court for the first time in a month due to a right calf strain, grabbed his right leg after he planted his foot. He was helped off the court and into the locker room with team medical staff and teammates.

He left Scotiabank Arena on crutches and with a walking boot on, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

In 12 minutes of play, he scored 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting and recorded two rebounds, one block and two fouls. The Warriors led Game 5 39-34 with 9:46 remaining in the second quarter at the time of Durant's injury.

June 10, 2:52 PM:

Durant is expected to be back out on the court for the Warriors in a do-or-die Game 5 on Monday night, per NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole. It is still a game-time decision, according to the team, but reports have since surfaced from Poole's original tweet that say Durant is going to suit up. 

This will be the first time he plays since injuring his calf back in the Western Conference Finals against the Rockets. He was cleared to practice before tonight, and hasn't complained about the ailment during those sessions. While this is good news for the Warriors, who desperately need help down 3-1, it's also good news for the Knicks. 

June 9, 5:37 PM:

Durant practiced on Sunday for the first time since suffering a right calf strain on May 8, however his status for Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on Monday is questionable, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Durant, according to ESPN, had ice packs wrapped around his right Achilles and lower right calf on Sunday. Golden State, which is seeking its third consecutive championship, trails Toronto 3-1 in the series. 

June 4, 7:55 PM:

According to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, if his own report of Kyrie Irving preferring to go to the Nets is true, Durant may decide to stay in Golden State if they do not win the NBA Finals. Smith said Durant could still go to the Knicks without Irving, convince Irving to come or opt for somebody else such as Kemba Walker. 

Smith, who said he had not spoken to Irving or Durant, had previously said there was a "95 percent" chance Irving and Durant will both join the Knicks, with the only hiccup being Durant changing his mind. 

May 30, 12:37 PM: 

As the Warriors head into Game 1 of the NBA Finals tonight in Oakland, they will continue to be without Durant. And it looks like that will be the case for Game 2 as well. 

Head coach Steve Kerr told Bleacher Report that it is a "long shot" he will be cleared for practice before Game 2. Durant is still dealing with his calf strain that he suffered during the Rockets series. As the Finals games go, Knicks fans will continue to watch to see if Durant actually makes an appearance.

May 25, 6:57 PM:

It can't be Durant alone.

So says Knicks legend Bernard King, who feels if Durant is going to join the Knicks he must bring a second superstar with him, or else he risks going through a Patrick Ewing-like era which ends without a championship.

"I think that given the fact they have space for two max contracts, he needs someone else to come along,'' King told the New York Post. "That's what you see around the league. Superstars playing together. Who that other player that would be -- Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard -- I don't know. But if (Durant) decides to play in New York, he needs another superstar beside him. That's what happened with Patrick. He had very good players in Charles Oakley and John Starks, but he didn't have another superstar to play with him."

 

May 25, 10:06 AM:

After three seasons and two NBA Finals titles with the Warriors, Durant still feels he is perceived as an outsider to the organization. The forward, who addressed reporters for the first time on Friday since his calf strain, took exception to the phrasing of a question about "their" play.

"Our play," Durant said. He was then asked about that perception of still being viewed as an outsider. 

"It's been that way since I got here - the Warriors and KD," he said. "I understand that. I feel like my teammates and organization know exactly what I've done here on and off the floor to become part of the culture. I've stamped my flag on this culture and organization."

May 23, 2:34 PM:

Durant is unlikely to return for the beginning of the NBA Finals, but the Warriors hope to have him back before the Finals end, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic

If the Warriors make quick work of whoever comes out of the Eastern Conference, it's possible we've seen the last of Durant in a Warriors uniform.

May 22, 1:20 PM:

As the ridiculous feud between Durant and reporter Chris Broussard drags on (with the two now arguing over whether they text), two Knicks players -- Allonzo Trier and Damyean Dotson -- have reacted. 

May 21, 9:22 PM:

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, he has heard from "smart, plugged-in people" within the last month that the Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as an "equally dangerous threat" to the Knicks in being able to sign Durant. 

Stein, however, noted that during the season he had trusted insiders state with conviction that Durant planned to join the Knicks but suggested it could very well still be a mystery on where he will sign. 

May 21, 7:52 PM:

Durant's manager, Rich Kleiman, told Wall Street Journal's Jason Gay that contrary to other reports the Warriors forward is "100 percent undecided" on where he is playing next year. 

"That is 100 percent undecided and I'm waiting on Kevin and that's the truth," he said. "I think there's a feeling this thing is like war games and everybody is playing chess years out, but when somebody gets to the level of basketball like that you can't juggle focus like that ... I think it's frustrating, honestly, at times."

May 20, 3:15 PM:

Durant is "recruiting guys to go to New York with him, right now," reports Chris Broussard, who adds "If we hear that, you can't tell me the Warriors players don't hear that."

The pending free agent, who spent part of his Monday firing back at Broussard on Twitter after Broussard claimed the Warriors winning the title without him would be his "worst nightmare," remains on the sidelines as Golden State is on the brink of advancing to the NBA Finals.

May 17, 9:15 AM:

Durant's calf strain that he suffered in Golden State's second-round series against the Rockets is "more serious than we thought," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said after a Game 2 win over the Trail Blazers. 

The Warriors already ruled Durant out for Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference finals, but Kerr said the team is in "wait and see" mode in the meantime.

May 14, 1:24 PM:

There may be a "95 percent chance" that Durant and Irving are planning to come to New York, but there's "100 percent" chance that at least KD is joining the Knicks -- at least, that's what Colin Cowherd said he's been told.

According to "The Herd" host, a veteran NBA player sent him a direct message saying that the superstar going to the Knicks is "100 percent done" and he's also made calls to other players.

May 13, 11:52 AM:

According to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, there is "95 percent chance" that Durant and Irving are planning to come to New York. He adds the only thing stopping this from happening is if Durant changes his mind. 

May 9, 3:26 PM: It has been confirmed that Durant doesn't have an Achilles injury, and instead he suffered a mild right calf strain, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. He will be re-evaluated next week by the team, but it looks as if he will miss the rest of the Warriors-Rockets series. 

May 9, 12:36 AM: Knicks fans watching Game 5 of the Warriors vs. Rockets probably didn't breathe for about five minutes when Durant pulled up on his right leg, and began limping his way off the court. The way the injury looked in the replay, it appeared he may have suffered a devastating Achilles injury. 

However, it was confirmed to be a right calf sprain they said on the TNT broadcast. We do not know the severity of the injury, but KD will not return in Game 5.

May 6, 9:25 AM:

The Warriors are preparing for a "possibly seismic change" this summer, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

Whispers over the last few months have painted the Warriors as less optimistic about keeping Durant, and it now seems they're preparing for the possibility of both Durant and Klay Thompson leaving via free agency. 

April 30, 1:14 PM: 

Former NBA center Kendrick Perkins joined Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe on Fox Sports' "Undisputed" on Tuesday, and dished out what he knows about Durant and Kyrie Irving

"They have been talking a lot lately," he said. "...I could only imagine KD and Kyrie in New York. I might move to New York. I'd have to buy some tickets."

Perkins played with Irving during his stint with the Cavaliers, so he could still be connected to the dynamic floor general. The notion of Durant and Irving linking up in New York would be music to Knicks' fans ears, as those are the top two expected free agents this summer.  

April 30, 10:27 a.m. 

Durant already has a television show -- "The Boardroom" -- that airs on ESPN. But could the Knicks use the idea of a personal television show to lure the media-inclined Durant? 

Industry sources have indicated to the New York Post's Marc Berman that this could certainly be the case. In fact, the speculation maintains that if Durant were to sign with the Knicks, he'd host his own show on MSG Network. 

April 29, 2:11 PM:

Celebrity chef and Warriors fan Guy Fieri is getting desperate when it comes to attempting to try to keep Durant from leaving Golden State.

"Tell me what you need," Fieri recently told GQ about helping to keep Durant with the Warriors. "If there is a such thing as an inspiration dinner that I need to cook to bring all the dignitaries together-all the players, his team, his mom, you name it-well, consider that meal cooked."

April 26, 11:10 AM:

Durant's childhood friend NaVorro Bowman, the former Niners linebacker, told the New York Post that KD "needs" the Knicks. 

When asked if the Knicks are a fit for Durant, Bowman said: "It's the Big Apple. I think it's a place where Kevin needs to go to solidify Kevin Durant. I hate to say it, but LeBron (James), he's a got a way about the people. His legacy is huge right now.

"Kevin's right there. I don't see who's ahead of who. But if he goes to New York and does what I know he's capable of, he'll go down as one of the best to ever play the game."

April 26, 11:00 AM:

There's more smoke around Durant heading to the Knicks, with ESPN's Ian Begley reporting that some former and current teammates expecting it to happen. He wrote that some around the star "told people with a rooting interest in the New York Knicks to stay patient amid the losses." 

Begley wrote: "It's easier to find street parking in Manhattan than it is to find an NBA executive, player or coach who doesn't think Durant is going to sign with the Knicks in July."

April 22, 11:21 AM:

Durant explains to NBC Sports Bay Area why he will be the one who controls the message of where he signs for his impending free agency. 

"After a while, players are starting to see how so many random people want to run with their messages and spin it around," he said.

April 8, 2:28 PM:

With rumors continuing to swirl that the Knicks are the favorites to sign Durant, Frank Isola of The Athletic reported Monday that some NBA executives and agents are so sure Durant and Kyrie Irving will team up in New York that one agent said Durant and Irving "are debating on who will sign first."

The reason that matters, according to Isola, is that the player who signs second will look like the follower.

April 4, 2:41 PM:

Durant's decision to sign with the Knicks as a free agent after the season is "done," Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report said on Wednesday.

"From everything I've heard, it's done," Bucher said during an appearance on The Herd. "Yes, he's leaving. ... If he so much as gets [the Knicks] into the Conference Finals, he will be beloved there like he never has been at Golden State after two championships."

April 3, 1:08 PM:

Rival executives say "without hesitation" that Durant is "bound for the Knicks" and that Irving is "likely to join him," writes Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. Beck goes on to note that "virtually everyone" believes Durant is leaving the Warriors. 

Mar. 27, 4:28 PM:

While speaking on WFAN with Mike Francesa, The Ringer's Bill Simmons said he would "bet the house" that Durant will land with the Knicks this offseason. He even went a step further to say, "I'd bet it's Kyrie [Irving] and Durant together."

Mar. 6, 12:52 PM:

There are members of the Warriors organization "concerned that Durant's behavior is a sign that he's already got one foot out the door," reports Chris B. Haynes of Yahoo! Sports

Feb. 21, 9:06 AM:

"We have no idea what he's going to do," a Warriors source told Frank Isola of The Athletic about Durant's pending free agency, adding that "there's not much more we can sell him on."

If Durant leaves the Warriors this offseason, the "general consensus" among NBA executives, players, and coaches is that he will land with the Knicks, reports Isola.  

Isola notes that a "dark horse" in the Durant sweepstakes could be the Lakers, but suggests that Durant joining LeBron James doesn't make much sense given the fact that he's trying to create his own legacy. 

Feb. 14, 10:36 AM:

Ethan Strauss of The Athletic -- who Durant called out by name during his recent tense presser with reporters -- said during his podcast Thursday that "There is infrastructure being laid down in New York, for him to go to New York -- if we're just completely real about it."

Feb. 12, 10:49 AM:

Durant's company, Thirty Five Ventures, is moving into a New York City office. This news broke along with an ESPN cover story detailing how Durant -- who recently suggested he just wants to talk about basketball -- has become a mogul. 

Feb. 10, 9:58 PM:

The Knicks issued a statement regarding a picture of Durant (in game action against Mitchell Robinson) being used to promote ticket sales for the 2019-20 season. "Game action photos are used all the time for marketing purposes, but given everything going on, we took precaution of taking the photo down," the Knicks said. "To be clear, it was one of several rotating photos on the website."

Feb. 7, 8:20 AM:

After not speaking to the media for over a week, Durant ripped them over their recent coverage of him -- while not actually shutting down rumors that he could be headed to the Knicks.

"I have nothing to do with the Knicks," he said. "I don't know who traded Porzingis. They got nothing to do with me. I'm trying to play basketball. Y'all come in here every day. Ask me about free agency. Ask my teammates, my coaches, you rile up the fans about it. Let us play basketball. That's all I'm saying. And now when I don't want to talk to y'all, that's a problem on me. Come on, man. Grow up. Grow up."

Feb. 1, 9:34 AM:

Knicks officials are highly optimistic about signing Durant this summer and are thought to have a "strong chance" to land him if he chooses to opt out of his deal with the Warriors. 

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant smiles during warm ups before game five of the first round of the 2019 NBA playoffs against the LA Clippers at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant smiles during warm ups before game five of the first round of the 2019 NBA playoffs against the LA Clippers at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks' odds to sign free agent to-be Kevin Durant have worsened, relatively speaking.

A week after they were favored to land Durant after he suffered what would become a ruptured Achilles tendon, the Knicks are now considered co-favorites with the Golden State Warriors at +150 to land Durant, according to Odds Shark.

The same sports book last week listed the Knicks at -175 odds and the Warriors at +210. 

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Top 5: Knicks bad lottery picks 00:00:59
The New York Knicks have had 11 lottery picks since it began in 1985. See who we believe are the 5 worst selections the Knicks have made.

The Knicks hold the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft. Will their selection become of one the best lottery picks in team history?

Or will it be a bust?

Here's a look at SNY's bottom five Knicks lottery picks, since its inception in 1985.

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Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Barring an unforeseen change, Westchester Knicks G League coach Mike Miller is expected to join David Fizdale's staff next season, per SNY sources.

Miller was named G League coach of the year in 2017-18.

Assistant Howard Eisley left the Knicks recently to join Juwan Howard's staff at Michigan.

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SNY tells the story of RJ Barrett's road from high school through college to the NBA Draft. Will his next stop be with the New York Knicks?

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About six weeks after Duke's loss to Michigan State in the Elite Eight, RJ Barrett was in California with Zion Williamson and trainer David Zenon. They were on the West Coast for something totally unrelated to college basketball, but the defeat was still on Barrett's mind. 

"He was saying, 'We should have had that game,'" Zenon says. "(My teammates and I) should have done this and we should have done that. He had four or five things that he listed that the players needed to do." 

As he reeled off the specific issues, it was clear how much the loss still bothered Barrett.

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New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle shoots over Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez during the first quarter at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)
New Orleans Pelicans center Julius Randle shoots over Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez during the first quarter at the Smoothie King Center. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks did not land Anthony Davis, but perhaps they can make a run at another Pelicans center.

New York is reportedly a fan of Julius Randle, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman, and could pursue him when free agency begins in two weeks.

Randle, 24, will not exercise his $9 million player option with New Orleans so he can test free agency, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

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New York Knicks saw another domino fall with Anthony Davis heading to the Lakers. SNY's Ian Begley discusses the implications it will have.

Any designs the Knicks might have had of forming a superteam with Anthony Davis were destroyed Saturday evening with the news that the Pelicans were dealing the star to the Lakers for Lonzo BallBrandon IngramJosh Hart and three first-round picks, including this year's No. 4 overall pick.

So where do the Knicks go from here?

As SNY's Ian Begley has reported, the Knicks plan to aggressively pursue Kawhi Leonard, who just led the Raptors to their first-ever NBA championship and was named NBA Finals MVP. 

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Mar 4, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dribbles the ball during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)
Mar 4, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dribbles the ball during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)

The Knicks will have to move ahead without Anthony Davis

The Pelicans have agreed to trade the superstar to the Lakers for a monster haul which includes Lonzo BallBrandon IngramJosh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

SNY's Ian Begley previously reported that the Knicks had at least one conversation with the Pelicans about a potential Davis trade.

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Top 5: Best Knicks Lottery Picks 00:01:02
The New York Knicks have had 11 lottery picks since it began in 1985. See who we believe are the 5 best selections the Knicks have made.

The Knicks hold the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft. Will their selection become of one the best lottery picks in team history?

Here's a look at SNY's Top 5 Knicks lottery picks, since its inception in 1985.

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Top 5: Worst #3 NBA draft picks 00:00:57
The New York Knicks are hoping RJ Barrett, if taken at #3, develops into a better player than these other #3 overall picks

The Knicks hold the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft. All eyes are on R.J. Barrett, but the Knicks are hoping to avoid making this list with whichever player they take.

Here's a look at SNY's 5 Worst No. 3 picks of the Draft Lottery era (since 1985.) 

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Nov 4, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) dribbles past Washington Wizards guard Austin Rivers (1) during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 4, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) dribbles past Washington Wizards guard Austin Rivers (1) during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

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The Knicks have decided to pick up the $3.5 million option on Allonzo Trier's contract, SNY sources confirm. Trier, an undrafted guard out of Arizona, signed a two-way contract with New York after the 2019 draft which was converted to a traditional contract after his strong play as a rookie. 

New York still has ways to create enough cap space for two max free agents with the addition of Trier's $3.5 million for next season. 

The club plans to pursue max free agents, including Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard, this offseason. 

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Mar 15, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks small forward Lance Thomas (42) dunks over San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (right) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports (Soobum Im)
Mar 15, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; New York Knicks small forward Lance Thomas (42) dunks over San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (right) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports (Soobum Im)

The Knicks have until June 30 to decide whether they want to guarantee $1 million of veteran Lance Thomas' $7.6 million salary for the 2019-20 season.

The team's plan as of now is to waive Thomas before that deadline, sources tell SNY's Ian Begley.

Despite that plan, sources tell Begley that the Knicks have interest in bringing Thomas back as a free agent. The team values Thomas' leadership, professionalism and the way he has mentored the franchise's younger players.

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale smiles during a news conference, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in New York. The Knicks hired Fizdale after agreeing to terms with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach last week. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer/AP)

Now that the Toronto Raptors have been crowned the 2019 NBA Finals champions after defeating the Golden State Warriors in six games, it is time to shift gears toward the 2019-20 season. Which means looking at the early odds for next year's champion. 

For the Knicks, they still have a long way to go, but that could change -- for better or worse -- after NBA free agency is over. 

Per the latest from Odds Shark, the Knicks are slated at 33-to-1 odds to win the NBA Finals next year. 

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Top 5: Best #3 NBA draft picks 00:01:02
The New York Knicks are hoping their selection in the NBA draft joins the ranks of these 5 players taken at #3 overall since the lottery.

The Knicks hold the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft. Will their selection, perhaps RJ Barrett, become one of the best No. 3 picks ever?

Here's a look at SNY's Top 5 No. 3 picks of the Draft Lottery era (since 1985.) 

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Feb 17, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Team Giannis guard Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets (15) drives to the basket against Team Lebron guard Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics (11) during the 2019 NBA All-Star Game at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)
Feb 17, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Team Giannis guard Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets (15) drives to the basket against Team Lebron guard Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics (11) during the 2019 NBA All-Star Game at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)

With the Knicks owning two max free agent slots, it was always the dream of marrying Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in blue and orange next season in The Garden. Even with Durant's Achilles injury, that still might be the case. 

However, Irving may cause a rift in those plans if he does indeed land in Brooklyn. 

SNY's Ian Begley has heard from sources that teams monitoring Irving's situation remain under the impression that, if he chooses to leave Boston, the Nets are currently at the top of his desired teams list. And The Athletic's Shams Charania noted Wednedsay that Irving will be opting out of his deal with Boston, as he gets set to hit the market. 

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Jun 10, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) walks to the locker room during the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors in game five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
Jun 10, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) walks to the locker room during the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors in game five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

Knicks free agent target Kevin Durant confirmed the worst fears on Wednesday, announcing that he had surgery for a ruptured Achilles. While recovery times vary, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Durant is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season.

While the injury is a big blow to Durant, it might not scare the Knicks off, with SNY's Ian Begley reporting that some in the organization would still consider signing KD despite the Achilles injury. 

After suffering the injury in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Durant traveled to New York for evaluations and remained there for surgery.

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Barrett vs. Zion NBA potential 00:01:22
The New York Knicks lost out on Zion Williamson but some NBA scouts believe RJ Barrett could be the better NBA player.

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"I think these two guys have a legitimate argument as to who's the best guy coming out and who will be the best pro. I don't think, by any means, it's automatic that Zion will be a better pro than RJ."

The quote above was from Kevin Boyle, R.J. Barrett's high school coach at Montverde Academy. Having coached pros like Joel Embiid, Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons and D'Angelo Russell, Boyle knows elite talent. But he also is partial to Barrett, the player the Knicks seem most likely to draft, for obvious reasons. So we asked neutral parties - scouts and talent evaluators - if they thought that Barrett could end up as a better pro player than Zion Williamson, his Duke teammate.

Here's what they said:

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Feb 14, 2019; Clarksville, TN, USA; Murray State Racers guard Ja Morant (12) shoots against the Austin Peay Governors during the first half at the Winfield Dunn Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Feb 14, 2019; Clarksville, TN, USA; Murray State Racers guard Ja Morant (12) shoots against the Austin Peay Governors during the first half at the Winfield Dunn Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

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The Knicks have a pre-draft meeting scheduled with Murray State's Ja Morant, SNY sources confirm. 

New York has the No. 3 pick in the draft and has already worked out Duke's RJ Barrett and Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver in individual workouts. 

Morant is recovering from surgery, so he won't be working out for the club, but he will meet with members of the organization in New York, as ESPN first reported. The meeting is expected to take place on Friday, not on Thursday as was reported. 

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Jan 12, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles the ball during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jan 12, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles the ball during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Celtics star Kyrie Irving can be a free agent after the season, and the idea that he could team up with fellow free agent Kevin Durant on the Knicks this summer has picked up steam since the Kristaps Porzingis trade cleared two max slots for New York. Here are the latest rumors...


June 12, 8:13 PM:

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Irving has decided to part ways with agent Jeff Wechsler. He is expected to partner with Roc Nation, which, of course, was founded by New York native Jay-Z. Interestingly enough, though, Roc Nation's president Michael Yormark is the twin brother of Nets CEO Brett Yormark, and Caris LeVert is another Roc Nation client.

Reports circulated earlier in the day that Irving will opt out of his current contract with the Celtics. Now, just 18 days from when free agents can begin meeting with teams, Irving has changed his representation.

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Durant and Davis scenarios in NY 00:01:30
Ian Begley discusses what options the Knicks have now that Kevin Durant is hurt. Things are looking less promising for Anthony Davis in NY.

The trade winds have officially come in, as Anthony Davis news swirled around on Wednesday afternoon. Here's what we know so far:


Celtics and Lakers have touched base with Pelicans 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news first that the Celtics and Lakers have begun trade talks with the Pelicans for Davis. The Lakers have long been the favorite to land AD, while the Celtics seem desperate to land him in hopes of keeping PG Kyrie Irving in Boston. 

Pelicans EVP of player operations David Griffin is looking to make a three-team deal, and has reportedly laid down the framework to get a deal done. However, no reports have surfaced with which third team could be involved in a potential trade. 

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant sits on the court after an apparent injury during the second quarter in Game 5 against the Toronto Raptors of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant sits on the court after an apparent injury during the second quarter in Game 5 against the Toronto Raptors of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks free agent target Kevin Durant suffered an Achilles injury during Game 5 of the NBA Finals, casting a shadow over his future. Here's the latest...


June 12, 3:59 PM:

Durant announced via Instagram that he had successful surgery for a ruptured Achilles, while providing a message. 

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Dec 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Dec 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Pelicans star Anthony Davis has requested a trade, informing the team he has no interest in re-signing. With news of Davis wanting out came reports that the Knicks have strong interest in trading for him. Here are the latest rumors...


June 12, 3:54 PM:

The Anthony Davis sweepstakes has already started, as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is hearing the Celtics and Lakers are already engaged in trade talks with the Pelicans.

Those two teams will likely be the Knicks' top competition for Davis' talents next season. Rich Paul, his agent, did mention that the Celtics would likely get him as a rental for one season.

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Danny Abriano
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May 6, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 6, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

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After Kevin Durant announced Wednesday afternoon that he ruptured his Achilles, the teams interested in Durant are probably asking themselves a question: Do we still pursue him in free agency?

If Durant declines his $31.5 million player option for next season, any team interested in signing him would have to be comfortable with him possibly being sidelined for the first year of his contract.

Would the Knicks, who have enough cap space to sign two max free agents, be comfortable with that scenario? We'll find out in a few weeks, but there are indeed some members of the organization who would consider offering Durant a contract this summer, per SNY sources. Durant is eligible for a four-year, $141 million max contract from New York or any other team looking to sign him away from the Warriors.

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson
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Mar 1, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) puts up a shot against Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) in the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Mar 1, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) puts up a shot against Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) in the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

As fears grow over whether or not the Knicks can sign Kevin Durant in free agency this summer, they could pursue Hornets guard Kemba Walker. 

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks, Mavericks and Lakers are going to be very interested in Walker if the Hornets decide not to at least give him a fifth year in a super max contract worth $221 million. 

Wojnarowski notes that the Hornets could be shifting toward a rebuild if they decide against re-signing Walker. 

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant celebrates against the Houston Rockets during the second quarter in Game 2 of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant celebrates against the Houston Rockets during the second quarter in Game 2 of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Durant's Achilles injury has potentially thrown a huge wrench into his free agency and the Knicks' plans, but that hasn't strongly impacted the odds of him ending up with the Knicks  -- at least not yet.

According to Odds Shark, the Knicks still have the best odds.

The list:

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Durant injury impact on Knicks 00:02:04
SNY Insider Ian Begley explains impact of Warriors forward Kevin Durant's injury has on Knicks and their pursuit of Raptors Kawhi Leonard.

No matter who you root for or where your interests lie, if you're an NBA fan, you feel terribly for Kevin Durant today.

The two-time Finals MVP suffered an Achillies injury in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday and ESPN reported that Golden State fears Durant's Achillies is torn.

Durant returned to the court for Monday's elimination game after missing nearly five weeks with a calf injury. He scored 11 points in his first 12 minutes on the floor, but went down early in the second quarter after an attempted drive, grabbing his calf. The 30-year-old suffered an injury that, depending on the severity, could have wide-ranging implications for the Knicks, Nets and the rest of the league.

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Mid-range DeMar DeRozan. James Worthy in transition. Joe Ingles-like IQ.

Scouts invoked the names of these players and others when talking about potential pro player comparisons for presumptive No. 3 pick RJ Barrett.

Barrett worked out for New York on Monday and said he hopes the club drafts him. He's the most likely target for the Knicks, if they keep the pick.

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Recording artist Drake reacts with Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant after an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
Recording artist Drake reacts with Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant after an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Durant's future just became pretty bleak.  

Warriors GM Bob Myers announced that the All-Star forward has an Achilles injury and will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to find out the severity. According to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, the Warriors believe that the MRI will confirm an Achilles tendon tear. 

Myers certainly appeared to be devastated by the injury following the Warriors' Game 5 victory. The GM struggled to keep his emotions in check, breaking down into tears and placing the blame on himself for the injury. 

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Mar 4, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dribbles the ball during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)
Mar 4, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dribbles the ball during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)

Anthony Davis is reportedly down to just two teams he wishes to be traded to, and the Knicks have made the cut, per The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Back in February, Davis had given the Pelicans a four-team list of teams he wanted to be traded to in the Knicks, Lakers, Clippers and Bucks. However, sources are telling Charania that the Knicks and Lakers are the only two teams on that list now. However, Davis and his team have not presented a formal list to new EVP of Basketball Operations David Griffin

If the report is true, this would eliminate the Nets and Celtics as potential landing spots for the versatile All-Star center.

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RJ Barrett or Anthony Davis? 00:00:47
Anthony Davis said he considers the Knicks a team he'd like to go to. Would the Knicks definitely have to trade Barrett for Davis?

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RJ Barrett isn't working out or meeting for any team other than the Knicks before the NBA Draft on June 20.

"This is the place I want to be. I hope they draft me," Barrett said after working out for New York on Monday.

Barrett, an 18-year-old freshman from Duke, will likely be available for the Knicks when they select third on draft night. And he's confident that he can handle the pressure that comes with playing in the Big Apple.

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RJ Barrett speaks after workout 00:00:50
RJ Barrett spoke after his workout and spoke about his desire to join the Knicks and added it's the only team he's working out for.

Plain and simple: R.J. Barrett wants to be a New York Knick. 

The Duke standout worked out for the team on Monday, and afterward noted that The Mecca is where he wants to begin his NBA career. 

"This is the place I want to be, so I hope they draft me," Barrett told reporters after the workout session. 

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A UConn legend and former New York Liberty player in Swin Cash has reportedly secured a senior front-office position with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe.

Lowe has the official title for Cash being the vice president of basketball operations and team development, which has the duties of guiding player development and scouting among others. 

The Pelicans have been revamping their front office, with new president of basketball operations David Griffin leading the way. Griffin has also brought in Trajan Langdon to be the team's new GM. 

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New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis reacts against the Phoenix Suns in the second half at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis reacts against the Phoenix Suns in the second half at Talking Stick Resort Arena. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

The upcoming offseason is already being referred to as the most important in New York Knicks history, potentially carrying enough star power to turn the franchise around almost overnight.

They'll be competing against the recruitment efforts of many other teams in the NBA, though they're part of a select few targeting one specific prize: Anthony Davis. He won't re-sign with the majority of the league, and the New Orleans Pelicans are looking for a big return. The Knicks would have to outbid several teams in order to land The Brow.

But first, what do the Knicks have to offer?

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Knicks rookie Kevin Knox (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Knicks rookie Kevin Knox (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Whichever player the Knicks select with the No. 3 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft will inevitably be linked to Kevin Knox one way or another. 

Knox, who the Knicks took ninth overall a year ago, has a pretty good idea of who he'd like that to be: RJ Barrett

"That's my guy -- I played against him a couple of times in high school,'' Knox told the New York Post. "He's a great player. If I can get a chance to play with him, it would be a great opportunity.''

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Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker reacts in the third quarter after a 3-pointer against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)
Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker reacts in the third quarter after a 3-pointer against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter |

If Kyrie Irving ends up in Brooklyn, as some execs from teams pursuing him expect, the Knicks will have to look elsewhere for a potential second star to pair with Kevin Durant

The best-case scenario, of course, would be a trade with New Orleans for Anthony Davis. The Knicks would likely have to surrender significant assets - including the No. 3 pick and future first-rounders - to land Davis. But his presence would make New York all the more attractive to potential free agents like Durant. 

Of course, the Knicks could also pursue other guards/forwards in the free agent class to entice a player like Durant to the Garden. 

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May 17, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Tacko Fall participates during day two of the NBA Draft Combine at Quest Multisport Complex. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)
May 17, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Tacko Fall participates during day two of the NBA Draft Combine at Quest Multisport Complex. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports (David Banks)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter |

Tacko Fall, a 7-7 big man from UCF, was among the players who worked out for the Knicks on Friday. Duke big man Marques Bolden also worked out for the club.

Fall is an intriguing prospect for New York, which owns the No. 55 pick.

He has impressed teams with his ability to cover ground at his size in workouts, including in Friday's with the Knicks.

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One of the most important drafts in Knicks history is two weeks away. If it goes the way most assume it will, RJ Barrett will be on the board for New York at No. 3. Barrett, a 6-8 forward from Duke, is a tantalizing prospect. He averaged 22.6 points, 4.3 assists and 7.6 rebounds as a freshman -- the first player in NCAA history to have at least 850 points, 250 rebounds and 150 assists in a season. But, like all 18-year-olds, Barrett isn't perfect.

With that in mind, we talked to a few scouts and talent evaluators and asked them to share some of Barrett's strengths and weaknesses.

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What the Nets trade means for KD 00:00:48
Ian Begley breaks down what the Nets trade means for Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and the New York Knicks. Who can the Nets sign now?

The Knicks-Nets rivalry is back on. Tipoff of their next matchup is at 6 PM on June 30 - the start of NBA free agency.

Brooklyn's trade with the Hawks on Thursday puts them in position to battle with New York for top free agents this summer. 

The Nets dealt Allen Crabbe, the No. 17 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and a lottery-protected first round pick in 2020 for SF Taurean Prince and a 2021 second-round pick, SNY sources confirmed.

The deal, which was first reported by ESPN, leaves the Nets with enough cap space to sign one max free agent -- and a clear path to create enough money to sign a second max star. The Nets will have $46 million in cap space and can create enough space to sign two max free agents if they rescind their rights to point guard D'Angelo Russell and make a few other minor moves.

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Jun 5, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in game three of the 2019 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
Jun 5, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in game three of the 2019 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

A few young Knicks and coaches plan to attend the next two NBA Finals games. 

Mitchell Robinson plans to attend Game 5 of Raptors-Warriors with assistant coach Pat Sullivan, per SNY sources. And Kevin Knox, Kadeem Allen, and Allonzo Trier plan to attend Game 4 of the Finals on Friday night, a source confirmed to SNY. 

Last year, David Fizdale brought Emmanuel Mudiay, Damyean Dotson, and Frank Ntilikina to a Celtics-Cavs playoff game. He wanted to show them the atmosphere of playoff basketball. After the season, he said he intended to do the same with the young Knicks from the 2018-19 team. 

Tags: Allonzo Trier, Emmanuel Mudiay, Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Ian Begley
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NBA Draft season is upon us, and the Knicks were awarded the No. 3 overall pick following the NBA Draft Lottery. As June 20 approaches to them being on the clock, here is the latest about the top prospects in this year's Draft class as it pertains to the Knicks...


June 6, 10:51 AM:

The Knicks' college visits continue this week, as SNY's Ian Begley is hearing Lousiville F VJ King is scheduled for his workout with the team on Friday. 

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Duke Blue Devils forward R.J. Barrett reacts during the second half against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)
Duke Blue Devils forward R.J. Barrett reacts during the second half against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks have a multitude of options in this year's NBA Draft, but their choice can't be made in a vacuum. Their broader rebuild plan will be a factor in which prospect(s) they decide to bet on -- namely the free agent bonanza beginning on July 1.

The dream scenario for the franchise is picking up two superstar-level players, with the popular pairing being Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. If the Knicks are to end up signing the two -- perhaps a tall task at the moment with rumblings that Irving is leaning toward the Nets -- which rookie would be the best fit for a squad led by those elite talents?

RJ Barrett

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Culver after Knicks workout 00:02:21
New York Knicks worked out prospect Jarrett Culver who described the impact he would bring to the team and how he knows Mitchell Robinson.

Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver worked out for the Knicks on Wednesday and has workouts scheduled with the Bulls (No. 7 pick), Hawks (No. 8) and Cavs (No. 5). He's already worked out for the Lakers (No. 4).

Based on those workouts, it's clear that Culver is a top 8 pick in the draft.

He said on Wednesday that he thinks his defense is what separates him from other top 2019 prospects.

Tags: Mitchell Robinson, Ian Begley
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Apr 5, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) warms up before the game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Apr 5, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) warms up before the game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Though the official start date of NBA free agency isn't until July 1, any rumor or tidbit of information that revolves around Kyrie Irving will be dissected to find any notion as to where he might land for the 2019-2020 season. 

On Wednesday, that included his latest Instagram post. 

Irving posted a video of him speaking with his old middle school crossing guard from his days in New Jersey. Sharing a sentimental conversation, some Knicks fans might take into account his caption for the post that read, "Stroll with me Light Family! Home is where the heart lives and stays!"

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Is Kyrie Irving New York-bound? 00:00:50
SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley reports the latest on Kyrie Irving, and talks about the chances of him landing with the Knicks, Nets, or Celtics.

Let's start here with Kyrie Irving, the Knicks and the Nets: free agency is still more than three weeks away.

So there's plenty of time for players -- and teams -- to change their mind about their preferences for this summer.

That applies to Irving as well. His plans/desires today may not be the same as they are on June 30. With that said, in recent days, people around Irving have described the probability of him returning to Boston as a free agent as low. Celtics GM Danny Ainge told reporters Wednesday that they haven't received any indication yet from Irving that he doesn't want to return to Boston.

Those around Irving also said recently that he hasn't ruled out teams -- including the Knicks -- as possible destinations for him this summer, per SNY sources.

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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard drives for the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon during the fourth quarter in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Fiserv Forum. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard drives for the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon during the fourth quarter in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Fiserv Forum. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks have the cap space to sign two max free agents this summer and potentially add another star by trading for Anthony Davis. But don't expect one of those free agents to be Kawhi Leonard.

According to the latest odds released by Odds Shark, the Knicks' chances to land Kawhi pale in comparison to others.

The odds:

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Mar 28, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Jarrett Culver (23) against the Michigan Wolverines in the semifinals of the west regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)
Mar 28, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Jarrett Culver (23) against the Michigan Wolverines in the semifinals of the west regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)

The Knicks have worked out several prospects at their facility in Tarrytown in the past few weeks. They'll work out several more - including Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver on Wednesday - ahead of the 2019 NBA Draft. 

Mississippi State's Quindarry Weatherspoon and Aric Holman were in the gym on Monday. They gave SNY a rundown of the workout, which included an on-court message from David Fizdale and a lunch-time conversation with general manager Scott Perry

Here's a look at Monday's workout: 

There were six players in the gym. The day started with some medical testing and on-court testing. From there, the players did some ball-handling work, light conditioning, transition and shooting drills. Some Knicks assistant coaches were on the court for the workout and most of the scouting staff and front office was in the gym to watch. 

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Ian Begley
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November 23, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Turner Sports sportscaster Charles Barkley before The Match: Tiger vs Phil golf match at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
November 23, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Turner Sports sportscaster Charles Barkley before The Match: Tiger vs Phil golf match at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

If Charles Barkley was a free agent this summer and both the Knicks and Nets were pursuing him, he says he'd choose to sign with the Nets. 

Here's why: "I'd probably take the Nets because I think they're more stable," Barkley said on a conference call to promote the American Century Championship golf tournament. "I think they've got the better supporting cast. I think (Nets GM) Sean Marks has done a fabulous job and Coach (Kenny) Atkinson has done a fabulous job. Nobody thought that team would make the playoffs and they did a fabulous job. They play hard every night. They're just more stable than the Knicks. Obviously, the Knicks are the Knicks. But from a strictly basketball standpoint, the Nets are clearly a more stable organization."


 

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May 6, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 6, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Kevin Durant is one of the top free agents on the market, and is expected to give the Knicks strong consideration if he decides to leave Golden State.

If Durant asked Charles Barkley about signing with the Knicks as a free agent, here is what Barkley would tell him:

"Well I'd say, 'Kevin you're one of the greatest players I've ever seen. You've also got some of the thinnest skin I've ever seen. I don't know if you're made for New York City," Barkley said on a conference call to promote American Century Championship golf tournament. "I think that would be the toughest aspect...

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May 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) passes the ball during practice for the NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
May 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) passes the ball during practice for the NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

A one-and-done season is what many expected from Kawhi Leonard with the Raptors this season. And that mindset stayed even when Toronto went all the way to the NBA Finals. 

But should it change after the latest tidbit of news that surfaced about the small forward? 

It was reported during a Toronto morning show with host Michael Landsberg, with a contributing report from TrueHoop.com's David Thorpe, that Leonard had just purchased a new property in the city. 

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Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks assistant Howard Eisley will be leaving David Fizdale's staff. 

Per Brendan Quinn of The Athletic, Eisley will join Juwan Howard's staff at the University of Michigan. 

Eisley, 46, joined the Knicks coaching staff in 2016 when Jeff Hornacek was head coach and was kept as an assistant under Fizdale. 

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