The Knicks are hoping that landing Derrick Rose isn’t the biggest splash of their summer.
Team president Phil Jackson told Rose, who was acquired in a trade with the Bulls on Wednesday, that the team intends to pursue Kevin Durant in free agency, Frank Isola of the New York Daily Newsreports.
New York joins a laundry list of teams, including San Antonio, Boston, Washington and Golden State, who are interested in the 27-year-old forward.
Durant, who as recently as Wednesday was reported to be leaning toward re-signing with the Thunder, will meet with interested teams in Los Angeles when free agency begins on July 1.
The seven-time All Star has averaged 27.4 points per game over his professional career, and was named the league’s MVP following the 2013–14 season.
– Kenny Ducey