NBA Analyst: Two Clear Favorites Emerging For Durant

The KD sweepstakes are "wide open," but two teams have separated themselves from the pack – and the Knicks aren't one of them

Taz and the Moose
June 19, 2019 - 10:18 am
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As the Kevin Durant sweepstakes heat up, Sirius XM NBA Radio analyst and hoopscritic.com's Brian Geltzeiler dropped by CBS Sports Radio to weigh in on KD’s most likely free-agent destinations.

“For Durant, it’s still wide open,” Geltzeiler told Taz & The Moose. “I talked to two different people yesterday – both I consider very much in the know – and one told me there’s a gathering storm that he’s going to go back to Golden State on a long-term deal and that the injury put some things into perspective for him. He realized he’s a part of something special and that he may regret running from there. So I wouldn’t rule the Warriors out.’

If Durant remains in Golden State, the Warriors would give him a five-year max deal. If he doesn’t stay in Golden State, he is likely going East.

“The other thing I was told is that there’s belief among the Nets that they have him locked up, that he’s coming with Kyrie,” Geltzeiler said. “If that’s the case, he would redshirt the first year and then be ready to come out fighting. The thing about Kyrie Irving, he’s toxic enough that not a lot of stars want to play with him, but there’s two that do: LeBron and Kevin Durant. So to me, it’s likely going to be one of those two locations.”

That’s right, Knicks fans. The Warriors and Nets are the two most likely KD destinations.

“I give the Knicks a long shot at best,” Geltzeiler said. "For the Knicks, there has to be a tad of patience here. There has to be a little bit of maturity from this management team with the understanding if we can’t get the guys that we truly want, we have to continue with the slow build, whether it’s rent out cap space, take somebody on a one-year deal, and gather more assets. The Knicks need to understand that if you can’t get the guys you want, you have to go the slow-build route. To try to put bandaids (on things) is not necessarily the right strategy.”

Convincing James Dolan of that, however, is easier said than done.

“The problem with this Knick group is they can’t seem to get out of their own way,” Geltzeiler said. “I like the Porzingis deal even if they don’t get free agents because I think flexibility and assets are going to be what builds this team in the long-term. With that said, a broken clock is right twice a day. They’ve done a lot of things here that you can seriously question with this management team. You don’t just wave a magic wand and create culture. 

“So I think for the Knicks, they need to be really, really patient in how they approach this if they’re not able to get Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who are the two guys they did this for,” Geltzeiler continued. “If they can’t, you got to be patient. But I’m skeptical that they’ll do that.”

Click below to listen to Geltzeiler's interview in its enitrety.