The Ringer's Bill Simmons joined WFAN's Mike Francesa on Thursday before the NBA Finals tipped off with the Toronto Raptors' convincing Game 1 victory over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.
Warriors star Kevin Durant remained sidelined due to a calf injury while the basketball world is abuzz with the possibility of him joining the New York Knicks this summer in free agency. Simmons believes it's almost a definite that he does.
"I think he's going to be a New York Knick," Simmons said. "I think it makes a lot of sense for his career and where he's at and what he's done and what he wants to do, not only for a basketball player but all the other stuff he wants to do. I think it makes a ton of sense.
"I got to say, I think there's a chance of a KD-Kemba (Walker)-Anthony Davis trioka. I don't think that's out of the question. I know that sounds crazy, but I really think all three of those things can happen. And I do think they're in the Davis sweepstakes. There's no question."
While the future of point guard Kyrie Irving -- another marquee member of the 2019 free-agent class -- remains a big unknown to Simmons and most experts around the league, Walker and Durant could end up happening in New York.
"Kemba makes a lot of sense for the Knicks. I think KD and Kemba make a lot of sense just as a combo together. I really like that fit," Simmons said.
Kawhi Leonard has been fantastic for the Raptors, leading the charge in what has been a somewhat surprising playoff run. But it could be a one-and-done for Leonard with Toronto. And the Los Angeles Clippers are the front-runners.
"I would even say 90 percent," Simmons said. "I don't think what's going in the Finals is going to change much. If anything they win the title and he leaves, I think Toronto would be so grateful anyway. He's a California guy. This has been rumored for two years. He pushed his way out of San Antonio for reasons that remain unclear .. .definitely wanted a bigger market. He bought a $14 million house a couple months ago outside of San Diego, which is like a 20-minute helicopter ride to the game. I would bet on that one."