Marcus Thompson: I Don't Think Kevin Durant Knows Free Agency Decision Yet


Kevin Durant won’t be playing when the Warriors and Trail Blazers tip-off in the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night, but KD is still dominating the news.

Speculation continues over whether this will be Durant’s last season with Golden State before a possible move across the country to join the Knicks in free agency.

Marcus Thompson II is the author of “KD: Kevin Durant’s Relentless Pursuit to be the Greatest,” a new biography on Durant that was released Tuesday. Thompson joined WFAN’s “Joe & Evan” to talk about his book, and to talk about whether he thinks Durant will come to the Knicks.

“To be honest, I don’t think he knows,” said Thompson. “There are definitely plans in place for that to be a major option. The Knicks might have to blow it in order for it to not happen. But in the end, I do think it will be hard to walk away from what he has … that means the Knicks have to have it all together … there might be a plan. That might be an option set, but I don’t know how anybody can say it’s for sure. It’s Kevin Durant, I don’t think anything about Kevin Durant is locked in stone.”

Warriors forward Kevin Durant dunks the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers during Game 5 of their first-round playoff series on April 24, 2019, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Images

Durant was having a tremendous postseason before he was sidelined with a calf strain during the Warriors’ 104-99 win in Game 5 against the Rockets. The 30-year-old had been averaging 34.2 points per game on 51% shooting from the field, and he should return at some point in these Western Conference Finals.

The Knicks were historically bad in 2018/19 as they finished with the worst record in the NBA. Durant would instantly make them a lot better, but they won’t be the only team interested in his services. The Nets and Clippers also could make a run at Durant in free agency.

Despite that interest from elsewhere, Thompson believes Durant’s choice will ultimately be between the Warriors and Knicks.

“My gut tells me it’s those two. I know the Clippers are feeling good about the shot they’re going to be able to shoot … and it’s hard not to look at the Nets … in the end it’s going to come down to the Warriors and Knicks. That’s my guess.”

Click the audio player above to listen to Marcus Thompson's full interview with "Joe & Evan."