When talking about Kevin Durant's free agency and the possibility of Durant's landing in New York, you have to start here: Every team with cap space is going to be vying for his services in the summer of 2016. You also have to remember this: Durant is extremely loyal to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the organization in which he grew from a skinny prospect to one of the top players in the NBA. Durant, too, will be able to make more money if he re-signs with the Thunder as opposed to another team. But Knicks fans keeping tabs on Durant should know that one recent transaction in New York may have a significant impact on Durant's decision two years from now: the hiring of Derek Fisher. Durant and Fisher grew very close during Fisher’s time with the Thunder. Fisher took on the role of a mentor/big brother to the young star. Durant has referred to Fisher as one of the best leaders he’s been around and recently endorsed his move to the bench. “Without a doubt. He’s a smart guy, smart mind. He’s a great motivator, great speaker and can really relate to a lot of guys and demands that respect from everybody,” Durant said before the Knicks hired Fisher. “He’s a great locker room guy. I’m sure he’ll do a great job." Now, any talk of Durant to New York is purely speculation. Plenty can happen between now and the summer of '16.
Fisher could help bring Durant to Knicks
ESPN New York | Jun 11