New York Knicks Back In The Championship Conversation?

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Klay Thompson is also set to become a free agent after the season, and speculation is growing that the 29-year-old wants nothing less than a max contract. If Kevin Durant leaves this team, it opens the league up to a lot of teams who think they'll be able to start competing for championships again. The Bay Area team are desperate to keep him and are nearly certain to make the best offer, which is a five-year deal worth $221 million.

Similarly, Irving's best deal will also come from Boston Celtics when he enters free agency in the summer, but his backtracking from his verbal commitment to re-sign with them has seen many predicting he will join Durant in NY. NY is behind only the Milwaukee Bucks (9-2), Boston Celtics (7-1) and Philadelphia 76ers (10-1) in the Eastern Conference. While Thompson has a couple of times stated he wishes to remain a Warrior until the end of his career. Was he a Rockets fan trying to mess with Durant? The Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers sit at 20-1, and the Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder are at 25-1.

The case for Durant becoming a Knick is the thought of building his own championship team with the likes of Kyrie Irving and rookie Zion Williamson.

If given the opportunity, there will be teams lining up to give Thompson max money this summer - with the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets being three of them.

But a new report has thrown that into serious doubt with free agency looming. But if the team is not better entering next season than it was this season, well, it is hard to bet on a young core with no experience and an aging LeBron James with no other all-stars.

Durant has played a key role in helping the Warriors win back-to-back titles since he arrived in 2016 and they are now favorites to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy for the third straight year.

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