If Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant were to sign with the New York Knicks this offseason, franchise icon Walt 'Clyde' Frazier believes it would give him the chance to become the best ever.
Durant is expected to test free agency this offseason, and the Knicks have been widely mentioned as a possible destination for the two-time NBA Champion and 2014 league MVP.
"I think that's what he needs. Especially if the Warriors win this year, I think he'd be looking for a different challenge," Frazier said, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. "I don't know a better place than New York where he can do it...If he could bring a title to New York, that's going to catapult him with Jordan and LeBron, I would think."
Durant got into a confrontation with teammate Draymond Green after a road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers back in November. That created more speculation that Durant is ready to leave the Warriors, who have are aiming to accomplish the first three-peat since the 2000-02 Los Angeles Lakers.
Frazier also made headlines when he said there was an asterisk next to Durant's name, since the latter "joined a team that really didn’t need him," to win his first two championship rings, per Bondy.
But Frazier clarified those comments, and now seems to hope that the 30-year-old will leave Golden State and come to the East Coast, where he could become the next all-time Knicks great.
Along with the Knicks and Warriors, the Lakers and Clippers have also been reported as potential destinations for Durant. It's believed that he prefers to join a big market team, which gives the Knicks a decent chance at landing Durant.
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With rising superstar Kristaps Porzingis and the underrated Tim Hardaway Jr. in the fold, New York would be already have two sidekicks to offer Durant, should he have the desire to come to the Big Apple. For now, they just have to hope that he's truly willing to leave Golden State, before planning out any pitches or meetings with the future Hall of Famer.