Rumor: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving debating who should sign with Knicks first
The New York Knicks are in line to sign two superstar-caliber players this offseason after trades freed up the necessary cap room. In the crosshairs are Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, two max-level players who are reportedly debating who should sign first:
“So sure are some executives and player agents of a Durant-Irving pairing in New York that one agent told The Athletic that Durant and Irving are debating on who will sign first,” wrote Frank Isola of The Athletic. “Why is that important? The player that is signed second is viewed as the follower, not the leader.”
Irving, for one, has already left a team in pursuit of his own legacy as “the man” on his own team, while Durant is bound to do the same after this season, according to several reports.
Funnily enough, the two good friends will be in the midst of an egotistical battle of who is more of “the man” than the other, depending on who signs first, per Isola.
The concept of that alone is ridiculous, but to actually see the two players who are most worried about their outside perception battle over this comes as no surprise at all.
Both players, however, have experienced championship success, though it will take much more than that to turn a young Knicks roster to grander pastures, considering they’re at a league-worst 16-64 record thus far this season.