Unreleased book about Kevin Durant reveals why he’ll likely leave Warriors, join Knicks
One of this offseason’s biggest stories will be that of pending free agent Kevin Durant. The Golden State Warriors star will be arguably the best player available, and his decision could set the rest of the offseason in motion.
For months, many have speculated about his eventual destination. Few think he will stay with the Warriors, while most have suggested he could lead the New York Knicks rebuild. However, an unreleased biography of KD by Marcus Thompson II could hold the answer, per Marc Berman of the New York Post.
The book, set to be released in May, details Durant’s journey to the Bay Area — and why he might want to leave. According to the book, Durant is focused on rebuilding his image, which was tarnished when he joined the powerhouse Warriors.
“Durant doesn’t just fight for titles and trophies,”’ Thompson writes. “He fights for No. 1 in the court of public opinion.”
“As long as Durant is on the Warriors, his legacy is tarnished. Durant dissenters want him to carry a contender from the ground up, winning as an underdog. Whatever ill will created, his success with the Warriors could be washed away by Durant resurrecting the Knicks. If Durant delivered that, he’d be a deity in New York basketball.’”
New York has long been seen as his preferred destination. An early April report called Kevin Durant to the Knicks a “done” deal, while in a survey of 109 NBA players by The Athletic, a whopping 63.3 percent expect Durant to head to New York. But this inside look at Durant’s decision seems to make the move even more likely.
Durant would undoubtedly change the outlook of the entire Knicks organization. They have some interesting young pieces, but have yet to put it together. At 17-65, they finished with the worst record in the NBA last season.
Durant made his 10th consecutive All-Star appearance last season. He averaged 26.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists. At just 30, the forward still has plenty of productive years ahead of him.