Report: Phil Jackson told Derrick Rose the Knicks will pursue Kevin Durant
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 News reports.
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