The 2019 summer of free agents was an absolute disaster for the Knicks, and Celtics guard Kemba Walker just twisted the knife a little more.
On The Ringer’s R2C2 podcast with Ryan Ruoco and CC Sabathia, Walker was asked if he seriously ever considered the Knicks before signing with the Celtics.
“Honestly, yes,” he said. “Very serious. Really. … Before Boston actually came along, the Knicks were one of my top priorities because I was thinking they were gonna get another player, but it didn’t work out.”
That other player was, presumably, Kevin Durant, who took his talents to the other side of the East River to join the Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving.
Walker tried to deny that fact, but it is hard to imagine he could have been referring to anyone else, as Durant was heavily-linked to the Knicks for months before opting to join New York’s other franchise.
Sabathia, a beloved New York athlete, told Walker he made the right choice.
“People want to play in New York,” Sabathia said. “Why do you think KD and Kyrie went to Brooklyn? They just don’t want to play for that organization. … You sign a big deal and come in you’re supposed to win no matter who else is on the roster.”
The Knicks, of course, struck out in free agency, failing to land any of the premiere names last summer.
Walker signed a four-year, $140.7 million deal with the Celtics where he has essentially replaced Irving and has the team in third place in the Eastern Conference amid the NBA’s restart bubble.