Rumors of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant teaming up to revitalize the New York Knicks just won’t stop.
“Rival executives will tell you, without hesitation, that Durant is bound for the Knicks; that Irving is likely to join him,” Howard Beck wrote on Bleacher Report. “If the Knicks do land Durant and Irving, it would require all of their cap room — forcing them to renounce the rights to veterans like DeAndre Jordan — and leaving few options to build a sound supporting cast.”
While free agency is largely speculative, the two were attached at the hip during All-Star weekend. And a locker room video of the two talking together — with people theorizing Irving talked to Durant about ‘two max slots’ — got everybody talking.
So much so that Irving was pressed about it upon his return to the Celtics and had a relatively combative exchange with reporters.
“It’s a video of me and one of my best friends talking,” a heated Irving said on Feb. 20. “And then it turns out to be a dissection of a free agency meeting? Do you get that? Like, do you get that? And then I’m asked questions about that? That’s what disconnects me from all that [expletive]. I have no connection to it – over a video, asking a question about the fans? Come on. You do it for the likes and clicks. Everybody wants to hear me talk like this.”
While nobody in Boston wants to hear executives talk like this about a potential New York superteam developing, it’s certainly worth noting that some executives remain skeptical that the Knicks can pull this off. That’s partially due to the poor reputation of owner James Dolan, and because of the aforementioned cap space issues as well.
But that won’t stop the rumors from churning out every now and then between now and July 1.