Knicks rumors suddenly link Kevin Durant to New York. These shocking New York Knicks rumors indicate Durant could be convinced to sign as a free agent if the team hires Scott Brooks as its next coach. A report from ESPN.com sheds some very interesting light on the future of the New York Knicks, and how team president Phil Jackson might decide to replace coach Derek Fisher.
Jackson just relieved Fisher of his duties, and there have been many Knicks rumors about a replacement coach. Kurt Rambis has taken over as the interim coach for the Knicks, but most NBA analysts feel this is a short-term fix by the franchise. Rambis could certainly win over the full-time job if he finds success with the team, especially since he is familiar with New York and the triangle offense.
Enter Scott Brooks, who coached Kevin Durant with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Brooks never used the triangle offense, and could certainly be at odds with what Phil Jackson is trying to do in New York. If Jackson realizes that he doesn’t have the players to make that offensive style work, though, it certainly opens the door for someone like Brooks. So, is there any reality to Durant following Brooks to New York City?
NBA analyst Ian Begley is reporting that “The Knicks have been informed that their chances of landing Kevin Durant this summer would be influenced by hiring Brooks.” That’s a huge deal his sources are correct, especially because it would hint that Durant is willing to leave Oklahoma City. This is something that has not been confirmed before this point, even as he heads toward NBA free agency this offseason.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Derek Fisher got fired after posting a terrible coaching record of 40-96. There have been numerous New York Knicks rumors since then, beginning with a potential trade of Carmelo Anthony and even including Phil Jackson possibly leaving to take a job with the L.A. Lakers. Coaches like Tom Thibodeau, Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, Jeff Hornacek, David Blatt, and now Scott Brooks have been linked to the “open” job, but it’s not an enviable position to take over right now.
Though the Knicks have certainly taken strides in the right direction this season, the team is still struggling to win games consistently. Heading into the All-Star break, the Knicks have a 23-32 record that has the team missing the 2016 NBA Playoffs. The Knicks trail the eighth-seeded Charlotte Hornets (27-26) by five full games. With only 27 games left in the regular season, that is a huge deficit to make up. It has fans of the Knicks already looking toward the offseason and at a large selection of free agents that could sign with the team.
So, do these New York Knicks rumors make sense for everyone involved? Kevin Durant has played with Carmelo Anthony on Team USA, and has certainly developed a friendship in that regard. It was also widely reported how Durant liked having Scott Brooks as his coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Knicks should have the cap space to offer Durant a max deal in the NBA offseason if the front office does some maneuvering, and the team wouldn’t have to give up young assets to make it happen.
There are certainly a lot of “ifs” in this situation, but it could certainly make the hiring of a new coach very interesting in New York. That’s something that Phil Jackson will have to take into account as he decides whether or not Kurt Rambis is going to take over as the full-time coach. Buckle up, because the next few weeks are going to be packed with New York Knicks rumors about the coaching situation, Carmelo Anthony, and free agents who could potentially sign with the team soon.
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