Lawrence: "Desperate" Knicks Will Be "All-In" On Durant

The Knicks would be "over the moon" if they could sign KD – even if he misses next season

Taz and the Moose
June 13, 2019 - 9:25 am
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NBA analysts spent all season debating where Kevin Durant would play basketball next year. Now they’re debating where he’s going to recover. 

Yes, Durant, who tore his Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, could miss all of next season. 

But that likely won’t deter his free-agency suitors.

“I would think that 30 teams, if they had the wherewithal to get Kevin Durant even with him missing a year, would all go all-in – push all their chips to the middle of the table – starting with the New York Knicks, who are a desperate team,” Sirius XM NBA Radio host and Sporting News NBA reporter Mitch Lawrence said on Taz & The Moose. “This is a team that’s been dysfunctional, been awful over the last 20 years for the most part. They don’t have a winning culture there at all. The Knicks have never had a player like Kevin Durant in their history. If the Knicks could get Kevin Durant – knowing that he’d have to miss a year to recover from an Achilles – they would be more than happy. They would be over the moon if they could do that. I expect them to still give him the offer.”

The Knicks have missed the playoffs in 14 of the previous 18 seasons. They have advanced past the first round just once since 2000.

Durant could change that – but perhaps not until 2020-21.

“That’s their mindset,” Lawrence said. “They are a desperate franchise. James Dolan is going to tell his people, ‘We’re all-in.’ James Dolan wants to get celebrities in the Garden. He wants to sell tickets. That’s, for him, always bigger than the winning part. He’s got to have a main attraction. Kevin Durant will help them win when he does come back, so I expect the Knicks – no doubt about it – they will be all-in on Kevin Durant because they’re desperate. That’s what they have to do here.”

Click below to listen to Lawrence’s interview in its entirety.