Kevin Durant Rumors: Warriors 'Have No Idea' What Star Will Do Amid Knicks Links

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2019

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) stands on the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Washington. The Warriors won 126-118. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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The Golden State Warriors are just like the rest of us—they reportedly have no clue what two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant will do in the offseason.

"We have no idea what he's going to do," a Golden State source told The Athletic's Frank Isola. "Everyone wants him to stay. There's not much more we can sell him on. If he leaves, we'll think of it as being lucky to have him for three great years."

Since joining Golden State during the summer of 2016, Durant has averaged 26.3 points on 52.2 percent shooting, 7.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.5 blocks and 0.9 steals. He also helped lead the Warriors to back-to-back championships, with the team currently first in the West this season at 41-16.

The 2019 All-Star Game MVP holds a $31.5 million player option for 2019-20 that he is widely expected to decline.

Durant's future has been one of the biggest storylines of the season. In fact, his resistance to signing a long-term contract played a role in an early-season feud with Draymond Green, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

Durant has offered little insight on his free-agency plans other than telling The Athletic's Marcus Thompson II in October he is focused on cashing in after previously accepting team-friendly deals.

The New York Knicks are one of the teams most frequently linked to the 2014 MVP. Fans have done their best to recruit Durant to the Big Apple, even putting up a banner for him last year. It's no secret the franchise is aiming high this offseason.

"Some rival executives even reported that Knicks officials themselves have been expressing a very high level of optimism on this front," Sam Amick of The Athletic reported late last month.

The Knicks' January trade of Kristaps Porzingis cleared enough cap space for a pair of max-contract slots this upcoming summer. And with that trade leading to increased speculation about New York, Durant recently vented his frustration with the media:

Until he signs on the dotted line, he will continue to find himself at the center of rumors.

Isola notes the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks are all among the teams in the mix for Durant's services.

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