Jalen Rose doesn’t think Knicks should let Kevin Durant’s injury change anything
Kevin Durant is expected to miss the entirety of next season once the results of his MRI confirm that he has ruptured his right Achilles tendon. There are people who believe that this will have an impact on his free agency decision, especially since it is possible that teams will now be hesitant to offer him the max contract.
The New York Knicks were widely considered to be the front-runners to sign KD this summer prior to his injury, should still offer him the four-year $164 million max deal according to ESPN’s Jalen Rose because although it is likely that Durant won’t be able to play next season, they will still have three good years of him, and they will become contenders during the time that the two-time Finals MVP is healthy.
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The Knicks can offer Durant, and another top-tier free agent, the same contract this summer. However, with Durant’s injury, the management will definitely consider their options.
Aside from arguably Dominque Wilkins, no player in the history of the NBA was able to come back the same after suffering an Achilles injury.Kobe Bryant, Wesley Matthews and most recently, DeMarcus Cousins looked like shells of their old selves after recovering for almost a year. Still, it would be wise for the Knicks to be optimistic about Durant, because when healthy, he’s definitely one of the best players in the league.
There are only a few weeks left before free agency, and the Knicks will need to come up with a decision on this matter soon.