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Where is Kevin Durant going to sign this summer? We’ve already gone on the record and said that we think he’s going to stay put in Oklahoma City, and at this point, we’re going to stick to that. He stands to make the most money with the Thunder, and the team orchestrated a great trade last Thursday that should help them be even more competitive than they were this year next season.
KD is reportedly going to meet with at least six teams when he becomes a free agent on July 1, though—the Celtics, Warriors, Clippers, Heat, Spurs, and Thunder are on the list, according to Yahoo! Sports—just to see what other opportunities are out there. And while the Knicks aren't believed to be a team that's going to get a meeting with KD, that apparently hasn't stopped Carmelo Anthony from trying to convince KD that New York City could be the best place for him. On Monday afternoon, Carmelo told ESPN that he has been "talking" with KD about his free agency plans:
Carmelo discussed some of the things he's told KD during an interview that will air on SportsCenter late Monday afternoon:
"You know, for me, it's more just about just laying it all out for him, giving him the real. Being in that situation before and knowing how much he has to think about and what he has go through, him not wanting to leave Oklahoma [after] all the time that he spent there, I felt the same way when I was in Denver, spending 7 1/2 years there and then to have to make a decision. But you leave it up to him. He's going to make the best decision for him. I think that's the most important thing."
Most fans seem skeptical about the idea of KD even considering the Knicks:
But it’s worth noting that, at the very least, Carmelo is trying! Whereas he sat back and didn’t do much to help recruit any free agents during the summer of 2015, it sounds like he plans on being much more active this summer, which is what he promised back in March.
“Put me at the head of the table and let’s go to work,” Carmelo said at the time. “If we want this team to be better, if we want more pieces of this team, I don’t have a choice but to go out there and do my job and try to get people to come.”
Will it actually help? We’ll know in a few days.