A wild scenario where Kevin Durant re-signs with the Warriors for an extra $57 million, then gets traded to the Knicks later is reportedly in play
- A scenario where Kevin Durant re-signs with the Golden State Warriors and then gets traded to the New York Knicks is "being discussed," according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.
- Durant can make $57 million more by re-signing with the Warriors, and doing a sign-and-trade would prevent the Warriors from losing Durant for nothing.
- With Durant recovering from a torn Achilles that will likely keep him out for the 2019-20 season, it would be a "delayed" sign-and-trade, a rare, if not entirely new move in the NBA.
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Kevin Durant's massive free agency decision is days away, and the latest reports indicate that he could attempt to make a move that pleases several parties.ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported on "Get Up!" on Thursday that one scenario in play for Durant is to help arrange a sign-and-trade from the Golden State Warriors to the New York Knicks.Advertisement
Durant could sign a five-year, $219 million deal with the Warriors this offseason, about $57 million more than any other team can offer him (plus one more year than any other teams can offer).
However, rumors all season have suggested that Durant may be leaning toward leaving the Warriors for the New York Knicks.Read more: The Kevin Durant-Kyrie Irving free agency hype is reaching a fever pitch, and the Knicks are heavily involved
According to Windhorst, the three parties could work out a deal that benefits everyone: Durant gets a historic payday, the Knicks get Durant, and the Warriors avoid losing Durant for nothing.Durant suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the Finals that could sideline him for the entirety of the 2019-20 season. According to Windhorst, Durant could re-sign with the Warriors, choose to rehab elsewhere, then eventually agree to the sign-and-trade. Windhorst called it a "delayed" sign-and-trade and said it's being discussed.It's unclear where Durant would rehab, and one obstacle would be the Warriors remaining committed to moving Durant to the Knicks. ESPN analyst and former NBA player Jalen Rose said if he were Durant, he wouldn't do a sign-and-trade.Advertisement
Such a move might be unprecedented in the NBA, with an injured player commanding a max, then two teams working out a trade down the road.
The deal wouldn't be ideal for the Knicks, who would have to give up assets - it's unclear what the Warriors' asking price would be - to land Durant. Knicks fan blog Knicks Film School suggested one path for the sign-and-trade:Advertisement
The Knicks aren't in a position to be picky. Their' offseason hopes seem to be dwindling, until they may have gotten a recent boost. A report from The New York Post's Brian Lewis indicated that the Brooklyn Nets, the favorites to sign Kyrie Irving, may not be as interested in landing Irving if Durant isn't in tow.The Athletic's Frank Isola reported that there is a belief that Durant may still choose the Knicks, even if another star doesn't follow him. It's possible that the Knicks remain in contention for both stars.Advertisement
NBA free agency is days away, and the rumor mill is churning like never before. The resolution to the Durant free agency saga is in sight, even if it still takes some more twists and turns.
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How a sign-"wait"-and-trade for KD could work:- Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) June 20, 2019
1) GS signs KD for max 5 yrs
2) NYK spend below 90% min threshold since they'll later add KD's pro-rated 2019-20 salary
3) NYK can sign FA GSW don't have space to sign
4) NYK trades that FA (~$10M salary filler) for KD on Jan 15
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