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As rumors swirl that Kevin Durant is upset with the Golden State Warriors over the way they handled his injury, the New York Knicks continue to be mentioned as a likely landing spot for the superstar.

NBA insider Ric Bucher was a guest on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and he reported Durant prefers to sign with the Knicks. Additionally, Bucher said that Durant and Kyrie Irving have “met a couple of times” since Durant’s calf strain injury and also met following Durant’s surgery for his ruptured Achilles.

“MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THEY’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT POTENTIALLY PLAYING TOGETHER FOR YEARS SINCE PLAYING ON THE NATIONAL TEAM TOGETHER,” BUCHER SAID.

He also said that Irving prefers the Brooklyn Nets (which is something that seems like a done deal now) and that ultimately Durant is not likely to pull the trigger to join Irving in Brooklyn.

Bucher then broke down the many reasons that he’s hearing Durant is going to sign with the Knicks in free agency:

“HE HAS SO MANY TIES TO THE KNICKS ORGANIZATION. HE’S THE GODFATHER OF ROYAL IVEY’S DAUGHTER, A TEXAS ALUM, AND A FORMER TEAMMATE AT OKC. THOSE GUYS ARE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS AND HE’S STILL AN ASSISTANT COACH WITH THE KNICKS. THERE IS EVEN A REPORT THAT DEANDRE JORDAN, WHO PLAYED FOR THE KNICKS LAST YEAR AND IS CLOSE WITH KD, COULD ADD FODDER.”

The Warriors are expecting to meet with Durant this week ahead of free agency, along with Klay Thompson. However, given the explosive allegations levied against the organization by Andre Iguodala as it relates to covering up injuries, one wonders if Durant will struggle to trust the Warriors going forward.

If anything has been made clear about the Los Angeles Lakers this past week, it’s their current state of dysfunction. The franchise is being run by leaders who do not trust each other, who do not communicate with each other, and who do not stay in their lane.

One example that was pointed out by Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus happened during the Anthony Davis trade talks in February when Magic apparently offered more in the package then what was originally communicated to Jeanie.

According to someone familiar with the situation, the disconnect stems back to the trade deadline. Johnson apparently offered the New Orleans Pelicans more in a trade for All-Star forward Anthony Davis (notably Lonzo Ball) than had been communicated with Buss.

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Roughly a week after losing the greatest coach the men’s basketball program had ever seen, Michigan brought back one of its own in an effort to fill the void.

Juwan Howard, a former Michigan All-American forward and member of the famed Fab Five recruiting class, agreed in principle to become the program’s new head coach Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
The deal, according to the person, is a five-year contract. The financial terms have not been made available at this time. Howard was officially offered the job by Michigan on Wednesday after meeting with athletic director Warde Manuel on Tuesday.
Howard, 46, has been hired to replace John Beilein — the program’s all-time winningest coach — who ended his 12-year run at the school last Monday to become the new head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons entered the 2018-19 NBA season with the goal of fully dominating the LeBron James-less Eastern Conference and winning an NBA championship title. The Pistons have succeeded to return to the Eastern Conference Playoffs, only to be swept by the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks in the first round – the same fate they suffered in their past two playoff appearances.

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The Pistons’ early playoff exit was mostly blamed to Blake Griffin’s injury. However, even if the All-Star power forward was healthy, no one still expected the Pistons to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals 2019. After suffering another huge disappointment, Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report believes that the Pistons may go on some “soul-searching” and explore the possibility of trading Griffin and his lucrative contract in the 2019 NBA offseason.

With their limited salary cap space and lack of interesting trade assets, the Pistons don’t have enough flexibility to have a major upgrade on their roster next summer. Buckley thinks that the Pistons’ current situation may force them to consider everything, including undergoing a rebuilding process which could start by trading Blake Griffin. Once Griffin becomes officially available on the trade market, one of the NBA teams who could express strong interest in adding him to their roster is the Miami Heat.

The next couple months around the NBA will be filled with teams attempting to dethrone Kevin Durant and the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.

After that, it’s going to be all about free agency. Durant joins a stacked group of impending free agents that includes teammate Klay Thompson as well as All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard, among others.

It’s been widely speculated that Durant might leave Golden State for the bright lights of NYC— passing up on the opportunity to play in San Francisco’s brand new Chase Center in the process.

While Durant has not wanted to talk about his FA, he has seemingly dropped a few hints.

Here’s the latest example of that.

The reigning NBA Finals MVP was just featured on a video presented by his Thirty Five Ventures showing the forward driving around some of the iconic sights in San Francisco.

It’s his comments about the community that are rather interesting.

“I WAS WATCHING THIS JANIS JOPLIN DOCUMENTARY LAST YEAR, AND IT WAS TELLING ME HOW ROCK AND ROLL AND JUST THE HIPPIE MOVEMENT KIND OF STARTED HERE, RIGHT IN SAN FRANCISCO,” DURANT SAID IN THE VIDEO. “AND I WAS JUST LIKE, MAN. TO KNOW THAT MUCH CULTURE AND HISTORY IS IN THE SAME CITY THAT I’M ACTUALLY PLAYING AND LIVING IN, THAT MADE ME FEEL REAL PROUD TO BE A PART OF THIS COMMUNITY.”

Does that sound like a man that’s ready to leave a community he has embraced for nearly the past three years? We’re not too sure. Though, it’s cryptic messages like these that can play into a thought process. It’s also possible to read too much into this.

The funny thing here is that Durant and his Warriors don’t play in San Francisco quite yet. They are relocating from Oakland next season.

Only time will tell on this front. For now, Durant’s focus is on bringing a third consecutive NBA championship to the Bay Area. Whatever happens after that is anyone’s guess.

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Bryce Harper continues to engender a strong response among his colleagues.

Harper was voted the most overrated MLB player in a new poll released this week. The poll was put together by The Athletic, whose writers asked players to vote on 20 items, including naming the most overrated player in the game. They say about a third of the players in the league participated in the poll.

Harper was named most overrated by a wide margin, receiving 62 percent of the vote. Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman was second at only 4.1 percent, while Giancarlo Stanton, Jason Heyward, Kevin Kiermaier, Manny Machado, Noah Syndergaard and Gary Sanchez also received multiple votes.

No other topic where players were asked to name something had such an overwhelming favorite.

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The White Sox made a notable outfield cut Saturday, sending Nicky Delmonico to Triple-A Charlotte not long after Eloy Jimenez signed his new six-year deal.

Rick Hahn wouldn’t 100-percent confirm during the press conference whether or not Jimenez would be on the team’s Opening Day roster, but the new deal eliminates the service-time conversation surrounding Jimenez and allows him to make his major league debut when the regular season starts next week in Kansas City.

If Jimenez is going to end up on the Opening Day roster, the White Sox will need to make room for him. That could mean cutting another outfielder in addition to Delmonico, but not necessarily. More on that in a bit.

Delmonico might have had a tough time making the Opening Day roster even if Jimenez would’ve started the season in the minor leagues. The White Sox outfield is a crowded one after the offseason addition of veteran Jon Jay. The presence of Adam Engel, Daniel Palka and the versatile Leury Garcia made it difficult to envision a place for Delmonico, who had a disappointing, injury-filled season in 2018 after showing promise at the end of the 2017 campaign.

It seems as if, eventually, the White Sox could have to move another one of those aforementioned outfielders to make room for Jimenez, who figures to be the team’s everyday left fielder in 2019. But that decision could be delayed until mid April thanks to a bunch of built-in off days at the start of the regular-season schedule.