Kevin Durant to Knicks: Warriors star told to leave because of Steph Curry – Express

That’s according to his former team-mate Kendrick Perkins, who believes it would be a perfect match for Durant to join New York.

NBA free agency officially starts in less than six weeks, and rumours are ramping up regarding Durant’s potential next move.

Golden State are the only team able to offer the 30-year-old the supermax contract, and the only hint he has given publicly is that he wants to sign a big-money deal.

Warriors owner Joe Lacob has also publicly stated that he is optimistic about the chances of both Durant and Klay Thompson re-signing with them in the offseason.

And while Thompson’s future with the Warriors doesn’t seem in doubt, partly due to comments he has said stating he wants to retire at the franchise, Durant’s next move is less clear.

Durant has currently been out injured, with the Warriors winning every game in his absence, and that has led to speculation from fans and some in the media wondering if Golden State even need Durant.

That hasn’t sat well with Durant, who has repeatedly responded to criticism on social media in the past few days.

And Perkins suggests Durant’s best move would be to cut ties with the Warriors this summer and head to the Knicks to start afresh.

“I don’t know exactly where he’s going,” he said on ESPN’s The Jump.

“But if I’m KD I think it’s best for him to leave for his legacy.

“He’s never gonna get the credit he deserves for joining a 73-9 team.

“I think he went to the Warriors, he did what he had to do. He got ’em two championships and possibly about to get a third. Two NBA Finals MVP.

“The Warriors are forever going to be Steph Curry’s team.

“Now I’m ready for KD to go and it be Kevin Durant’s team, he deserves that.”

He added: “I think it would be great for him: the Knicks or the Clippers.

“But I think the Knicks would be great, not only for KD, but for basketball period and the city of New York.

“I think with KD joining the Knicks I think it would be great for the whole NBA.”