$194 million offseason trade target, considered a 14-time All-Star for the Knicks

The New York Knicks have eight tradeable first-round picks in the offseason, putting them in the mix to land any player who gets traded over the summer. Having the resources to land a superstar, Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report listed the Knicks’ “most realistic trade goals”, listing superstar Kevin Durant.

Durant, who has two years left on his $194 million contract, would give the Knicks a true second scorer.

“If anything is tripping up the Knicks this postseason, it’s the lack of a true No. 1 scorer. 2 looks like it’s going to be that something. Now, would a healthy Julius Randle change that? Maybe, but then again his playoff track record is questionable at best, so perhaps he would struggle to fill that void.

“Kevin Durant wouldn’t do that. Even at 35, he remains essentially a walking source of 30+ points with impressive efficiency,” Buckley wrote on May 2. “Forcing opponents to worry about him and Jalen Brunson could be the key to regularly destroying their defenses. “

Heavy Sports’ Sean Deveney reported that the Knicks are a “leading candidate” to sign Durant, according to an executive.

“You should consider them a lead candidate, too,” one executive said.

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