New York Knicks fans, look away.
While the "Durant to Knicks" rumors were strong during the season, they've cooled off significantly in the offseason, with the Nets now favored to land Durant:
And the latest winds have also seemed to be blowing toward Brooklyn, with perhaps Durant and Kyrie Irving pairing on the Nets. Certainly, Brooklyn is preparing for that possibility:
While failing to land a superstar this summer would be a major blow, it wouldn't be the end of the world. The Knicks still have intriguing young players in R.J. Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, Dennis Smith Jr. and Kevin Knox, and could seek a longer rebuild through the draft and developing their young talent.
After all, the Warriors dynasty began by drafting Steph Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green. The Knicks might not have the young prospects with that level of upside, but a smart rebuild is still more than possible without superstar signings.
Granted, if the Nets land Durant and Irving, it would be a tough pill to swallow, especially after the Knicks dropped to the third pick in the draft this June, losing out on a chance to draft Zion Williamson. But the Knicks' backup plan isn't a bad one.
Knicks fans would just be wise to brace themselves for it.