The idea of Kevin Durant joining the New York Knicks seems very unlikely. The former Texas Longhorns star is looking to join a team that can help him win an NBA Championship now. The Knicks will need to turn their attention to other players in free agency. According to the New York Post, the Knicks have heavy interest in Kent Bazemore. The 6’5″ shooting guard is one of the better 3-and-D players in the NBA.
The New York Knicks currently have Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony, and Kristaps Porzingis as their starters. That leaves holes at the shooting guard and center positions. They have Justin Holiday and Kyle O’Quinn under contract, but those two are not starting caliber players in the NBA.
New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson will have around $30 million to spend on free agents this summer. Kent Bazemore is high on the Knicks’ list for shooting guard. The 26-year-old guard would be an upgrade for the Knicks in the back court from last season.
Kent Bazemore is currently not setting up any meetings with teams until the Atlanta Hawks make their intentions clear on whether they want to re-sign him or let him walk. People believe that Bazemore could make around $16 million this summer.
The Atlanta Hawks have made it known that they would like to re-sign Kent Bazemore at the end of the season. The Hawks might be looking to sign other players now. According to ESPN, they are currently trying to get a meeting with Kevin Durant. The Hawks are trying to get a meeting with Dwight Howard also. Bazemore might not be a priority for Hawks management anymore.
Kent Bazemore had an incredible season this year. He came into the NBA as an undrafted player. Bazemore played with the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Atlanta Hawks. He was able to blossom with the Hawks. Bazemore averaged 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game.