The Knicks will have two max salary spots in the offseason following their trade with the Mavericks late last month and they're expected to pursue the 30-year-old star if he becomes a free agent. One of the biggest rumors out there right now is that the Knicks will somehow get Kevin Durant and possibly another big-name player.
Hard to imagine that this particular photo choice was an unintentional oversight.
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"Game action photos are used all the time for marketing purposes, but given everything going on, we took precaution of taking the photo down", the Knicks said in a statement, according to journalist Stefan Bondy at the New York Daily News. The Knicks will likely have a high pick in the 2019 National Basketball Association draft and project to have roughly $70 million in cap space this summer - enough for two max contracts.
The Knicks' interest in the 10-time All-Star is one of the NBA's worst-kept secrets and Durant has repeatedly been linked with a move to NY this summer. "I'm trying to play basketball".
Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Porzingis who met with the Knicks before being acquired by the Mavs on January 31, gave NY a short list of teams that he desired to be traded to, which included the Raptors.