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 2 weeks ago '07        #1
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theFREAK 5080 heat pts5080
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Knicks to aggressively pursue Kawhi Leonard in free agency
 

 
The New York Knicks are reportedly looking to be part of the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes in free agency during the offseason.

According to SNY.tv's Ian Begley, the Knicks "plan to aggressively pursue" Leonard provided he opts out of his deal with the Toronto Raptors as expected.

Begley noted that New York remains interested in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in free agency as well and that the team has had at least one discussion with the New Orleans Pelicans regarding a trade for Anthony Davis.

With Leonard and the Raptors just one win away from an NBA championship, there is seemingly a growing belief that the superstar forward will re-sign with Toronto.


The Los Angeles Clippers have long been viewed as the biggest threat to sign Leonard away from the Raptors since he is a Riverside, California, native. Joe Vardon of The Athletic reported last week that the Clippers are preparing for him to re-sign with the Raptors.

Leonard, who turns 28 near the end of this month, is a one-time NBA Finals MVP, and he is in line to win another if Toronto is able to close out the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 or 7 of the 2019 Finals. Not that he needs it, but being named MVP would give Kawhi even more leverage on the open market.

Aside from a bigger media market and potentially more sponsorship opportunities, the Knicks can't offer Leonard much more than the Raptors. Toronto can give him significantly more money, and the Raptors are a far superior team than the last-place Knicks (17-65).

New York desperately needs a player of Leonard's ilk, but it may have to look elsewhere in order to land one.

With Durant potentially set to miss the entire 2019-20 season if his Achilles injury is diagnosed as a tear, KD can't provide an immediate boost. Also, those within the Knicks reportedly believe Irving favors the Brooklyn Nets if he opts to leave the Boston Celtics.

As for Davis, it can be argued that New York doesn't have the a*sets needed to land him. Would a package involving some combination of Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Dennis Smith Jr., Frank Ntilikina and the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft on June 20 be enough to entice the Pels? Perhaps not.


Given the obstacles the Knicks are facing in terms of making a big splash in free agency or on the trade market in order to turn around their moribund franchise, making a big run at Leonard may be their best chance at becoming a competitive team next season.

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 2 weeks ago '07        #2
theFREAK 5080 heat pts5080 OP
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 2 weeks ago '04        #3
TizOnly1 26 heat pts26
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Don't do this to yourselves..
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 2 weeks ago '16        #4
WoodPipe 3 heat pts
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 2 weeks ago '19        #5
1ardabt 
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we aint getting sh*t... the knicks curse is real, got my hopes up way too many fu*king times.
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 2 weeks ago '07        #6
theFREAK 5080 heat pts5080 OP
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 1ardabt said
we aint getting sh*t... the knicks curse is real, got my hopes up way too many fu*king times.

 2 weeks ago '15        #7
Good Guy Ry 26 heat pts26
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Knicks better get someone, that's all imma say. These jokes be writing themselves and I'm done being a part of them.
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 2 weeks ago '08        #8
TM83 1 heat pts
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We already at the bottom, so the only way is up.

Kawhi this off season would be the best plan.
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 2 weeks ago '09        #9
NLSP42 224 heat pts224
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 2 weeks ago '07        #10
iswerve 197 heat pts197
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they've accepted KD aint happening?

 2 weeks ago '06        #11
Jhnnyblz427 198 heat pts198
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After he beats the Warrior's he's coming home

 2 weeks ago '10        #12
USC 85 heat pts85
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Blame the warriors knick fans
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 2 weeks ago '10        #13
quan3106 107 heat pts107
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Duh..article basically said they exploring all options..who wouldn’t want him..Knicks should shoot all those big free agent shots..no is the worse case scenario..
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 2 weeks ago '07        #14
theFREAK 5080 heat pts5080 OP
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 Jhnnyblz427 said
After he beats the Warrior's he's coming home
He’s from LA tho
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 2 weeks ago '06        #15
damn_ryght 
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Kawhi likes going to the finals on a regular basis so that would be a no
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 2 weeks ago '06        #16
Jhnnyblz427 198 heat pts198
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 theFREAK said
He’s from LA tho
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 2 weeks ago '15        #17
PineappleOG 47 heat pts47
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Knicks can pursue anyone they want, still won’t happen, players know to avoid Dolan, it’s not some unspoken understanding, it’s a very understood Dolan will always find a way to ruin a good thing so no use even getting your hopes up there. Knicks lost eterna

 2 weeks ago '10        #18
USC 85 heat pts85
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 theFREAK said
He’s from LA tho
Put some respect on Riverside

I see you Tyler mall, club metro used to be poppin
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 2 weeks ago '04        #19
dirtybayrecordz 9 heat pts
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Get in line......the back of the line that is
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 2 weeks ago '10        #20
TheGift 1 heat pts
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Wouldn’t mind it tho

 2 weeks ago '16        #21
Toast2the 22 heat pts22
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 Jhnnyblz427 said
lol you thought he was from NYC?

 2 weeks ago '08        #22
GoldBluded 737 heat pts737
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 1ardabt said
we aint getting sh*t... the knicks curse is real, got my hopes up way too many fu*king times.
We will give Khris Middleton and Tobias Harris Max Contracts
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 2 weeks ago '18        #23
Turfaholic3 1 heat pts
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NY such bullsh*t lol.
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 2 weeks ago '17        #24
Green Ranger 16 heat pts16
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Im not even getting my hopes up
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 2 weeks ago '07        #25
sleep23rd 8 heat pts
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Kawhi, injured durant and kemba or kyrie....

PICK A K!!!!!

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