The New York Knicks still have hopes of signing Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant or Kawhi Leonard but are preparing for the possibility they don’t land the one they seemingly covet the most: Durant.
The New York Times’ Marc Stein reported the Knicks could offer a one-year contract to Durant’s Golden State Warriors teammate, 6-foot-11 center DeMarcus Cousins, if they can’t lure Durant to Madison Square Garden.
Cousins, who will turn 29 before the season starts, was a four-time All-Star with the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans. He suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon playing for the Pelicans against the Houston Rockets on Jan. 26, 2018, and returned to the NBA a year later.
He joined the Warriors on a one-year, $5.3 million deal in free agency last offseason. He averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in 30 games during the regular season but was limited to just eight games in the Warriors’ run to the NBA Finals because of a torn quad.
The speculation about Cousins and the Knicks comes amid a Los Angeles Times report that Durant has sold his oceanfront home in Southern California. Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report said Durant has bought a home in New York.
The Brooklyn Nets are believed to be the front-runner in the sweepstakes for Durant, who is expected to miss all of next season with the torn Achilles he suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.