Kevin Durant is headed east to New York City, once again turning the basketball world upside-down.
But he’s going to Brooklyn, not Manhattan, as had been rumored for months throughout the NBA season.
While Warriors fans are certainly disappointed to be losing the two-time NBA Finals MVP, nobody is as apoplectic as the ever-agitated New York Knicks fanbase surely is.
The Knicks signaled they expected to sign multiple max-contract free agents by trading center Kristaps Porzingis to create more space under the salary cap, and reports linked Durant and Kyrie Irving to the Knicks for months. Instead, the All-Star duo will team with Knicks center DeAndre Jordan across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Knicks fans after the KD-Kyrie announcement pic.twitter.com/4F4yz0cVTH
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 30, 2019
Not only did they miss out on Durant and Irving, they had the NBA’s best odds to land the No. 1 pick and the right to draft Zion Williamson.
Knicks fans realizing they missed out on Zion, KD and Kyrie. pic.twitter.com/N0GBIpS12n
— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) June 30, 2019
Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie had been in a virtual war of words with Knicks fans throughout the season, and he decided to roast them on this occasion.
— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) June 30, 2019
So where will the Knicks turn? The prospects look fairly grim. Reporter David Aldridge lined out some of the players the Knicks figure to target in free agency.
The Knicks, obviously punched in the gut, have to move on and build a squad. Expect them to go the depth route now, trying to sign several among vets like Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, George Hill, Reggie Bullock, others.
— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) June 30, 2019
This all helps put the Warriors’ loss of Durant into perspective: At least they’re not the Knicks.
They still have the NBA’s best shooter of all-time (Steph Curry), one of the best gap-fillers in history (Draymond Green), and barring an unforeseen breakdown in the re-signing process, the best three-and-D player in the league (Klay Thompson).
There’s still a lot for Warriors fans to look forward to in the post-KD era.