Before Kevin Durant decided to join the Golden State Warriors this summer, NBA teams were dying at the opportunity to sit with and pitch the former league MVP. The New York Knicks were one of those teams and, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, both parties knew that Durant wouldn’t want to sign with the Knicks.
“We knew that KD wanted to go to a team that he felt like had a chance to win the championship this upcoming season and we didn’t fit that bill,” said Steve Mills, general manager of the Knicks.
“But we know that if he had made a decision to (re-sign with the Thunder) that we would have a meeting with him because then we would have been one of those teams he would think about for the following year — that’s if he stayed in OKC. When he made the decision to go to Golden State he wouldn’t (leave next summer). My assumption is that he will stay there,” Mills continued.
Durant’s contract with the Warriors is a two-year deal for a little bit more than $54 million. The second year of the deal is a player option, and KD will be leaving almost $28 million on the table should he opt out and seek an even larger deal, according to Spotrac.