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This NBA trading season has been a very good season for The Knicks As they Sign their Biggest free Agent in Years.Kevin Durant will reportedly join the Brooklyn Nets on a four-year, $164 million contract, spurning the New York Knicks after nearly a full year of free agency buzz. With this New Trade, The Knicks Will be heading for the Championship this season.

According to ESPN, the Knicks did not offer Durant the full max contract over fears about the torn Achilles he suffered in the NBA Finals.

Over the years, the Knicks have been criticized for over-spending on aging players with injury histories most recently when they signed Joakim Noah to a four-year, $72 million contract in 2016. Long-term, expensive contracts for players like Amar’e Stoudemire and Allan Houston in previous years came back to haunt the team as they tried to move forward.

In the lead-up to free agency, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said on “Get Up!” that he had heard Knicks owner James Dolan wanted to see Durant’s medical records prior to offering a contract.

The Knicks have widely been criticized in the wake of Shelburne’s report, as Durant’s market didn’t appear to be affected by the injury. The Nets offered Durant the full maximum that they could, while the Golden State Warriors reportedly offered him their full max of $221 million over five years.

ESPN analyst Amin Elhassan reacted in shock upon hearing the news on ESPN’s “The Jump” on Sunday. Elhassan argued that the Knicks should have been willing to offer Durant the full max contract, knowing other teams would, too.

Others in the NBA world also expressed skepticism. Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News suggested the Knicks did not offer the max or put it out there that they did not because they knew they were not landing Durant.

There is risk involved in signing Durant to the max. If he misses the entire 2019-20 season, he will be 32 when he returns to the floor from his torn Achilles, with many miles on his legs from deep playoff runs. There’s no guarantee that Durant will be the same player when he returns.

Deciding not to offer the max to Durant this summer, however, may be a poor time to have grown concerned with spending. Durant’s skill level is such that some think, even if he returns as a lesser version of himself, he will still be an impactful player. Given the Knicks’ all-in pursuit of the top free agents which included trading Kristaps Porzingis to open up two max cap slots losing out on Durant almost assuredly meant moving to Plan B and signing less impactful players.

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