On Monday, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said there's a 95 percent chance that Durant will sign with the Knicks in free agency this summer. One day later, Fox Sports' Colin Cowherd took it all the way to three digits.
"An NBA veteran player that's very, very connected—been around this league a long time—told me 15 minutes ago KD to the Knicks is 100 percent done, and he has made calls to other players," Cowherd said.
Durant and the Knicks have been linked for months. After the Knicks shipped Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee to Dallas ahead of the trade deadline, the rumors got so pervasive that Durant had a famous blow-up with the media and told everyone to "grow up."
The odds that it is "100 percent done" with Durant and the Knicks is exactly zero percent. Nothing is 100 percent done in the NBA. Kyrie Irving, Durant's long-rumored co-star, could change his mind and return to Boston or sign with the crosstown Nets. KD could decide to keep piling up championships with the Warriors.
Durant and Irving may look at the rampant dysfunction that has bogged down the Knicks under team owner James Dolan and choose to ply their trade elsewhere. Nothing is guaranteed, in large part because Durant is capable of changing his mind at any moment.
With that said, the amount of smoke here suggests there is something to all of the rumors. If nothing else, it seems as though Durant is exploring the idea of playing for the Knicks. The idea of coming to New York and saving Knicks basketball has its appeal. Durant would be a deity in New York City, perhaps enough to undo some of the damage he did to his reputation by signing in Golden State.
But it's a good idea to pump the brakes anytime someone says "100 percent done" in the NBA. Until the ink is dry, things have a funny way of changing.