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RUMOR: Knicks making it look like they intend to keep DeAndre Jordan

The New York Knicks may end up keeping veteran center DeAndre Jordan on the roster even though he’s on a large expiring contract.

According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, New York is making it seem like they aren’t going to buy out or trade Jordan this week. DJ, of course, is very close friends with Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant, the player the Knicks have at the top of their 2019 free agency wish list.

“One thing I’ll say about the Knicks: they’re making it look like they intend to keep DeAndre Jordan,” Windhorst said on ESPN radio, via Bryan Kalbrosky of Hoops Hype. “You can extrapolate this out: [He] has a relationship with Kevin Durant. Although I don’t know how [the Knicks can retain the big man]. I mean, they can’t keep him at any real number.”

The Knicks acquired Jordan from the Dallas Mavericks in the Kristaps Porzingis trade. The high-flyer is making $22,897,200 this season and will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer. Because New York is in rebuild mode, many thought the Knicks would part ways with Jordan this week to allow him to join a contender.

That could still happen, but maybe the Knicks — who appear to be desperate to sign Durant in the summer — are planning on using Jordan as a recruiting pitch for KD’s services.