Knicks rumors: New York could keep DeAndre Jordan to make pitch to Warriors' Kevin Durant in the summer
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Rumor: Knicks could keep DeAndre Jordan to make pitch to Warriors’ Kevin Durant in the summer

DeAndre Jordan, Knicks, Kevin Durant, Warriors

Don’t be surprised if the New York Knicks keep DeAndre Jordan as part of a much broader pitch to their No. 1 free-agent target, Kevin Durant.

According to a new report from The Ringer, Jordan is one of Durant’s longtime friends, and perhaps he and Royal Ivey (a Knicks assistant coach who Durant has called his favorite teammate) could be used as recruiters. The Knicks can’t leave any stone unturned in their quest for a legitimate superstar.

It’s perhaps not surprising that there’s some legitimate trade buzz around Jordan, since he has proven himself to be a formidable player from the beginning of his career. He also could be a buyout candidate after the trade deadline.

DeAndre Jordan played only one season of college basketball for Texas A&M University before being selected by the Clippers in the second round of the 2008 NBA draft with the 35th overall pick.

Jordan is also a three-time All-NBA and two-time NBA All-Defensive team member and has twice led the league in rebounding. In 2017, he was named an NBA All-Star for the first time.

Jordan also currently holds the NBA record for best career field goal percentage at 67.4 percent.

The Knicks just acquired Jordan from the Dallas Mavericks and don’t have much use for him on the court this season, but they could play the long game by keeping him and using him in an attempt to get Kevin Durant.