New York Knicks Back In The Championship Conversation?

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The main reason the Knicks have the fourth-best odds in the Eastern Conference is due to the free agency of Kevin Durant.

Fireworks are coming for the Golden State Warriors this summer, when Kevin Durant is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract and Klay Thompson becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Thompson re-signed with the Warriors in 2014 on a four-year, $70 million deal. They are favored to win a third in 2019, but multiple reports have indicated that Durant will leave whatever the outcome and join the New York Knicks. Thompson, through the first four games against the Rockets, is only averaging 15 points on 38 percent shooting from the field and 30 percent from 3-point range. If Durant leaves the Warriors in the offseason, the likely opens more opportunity for Thompson within the team. They are followed by the Raptors and Lakers, who are each at 20-1. You don't have to go too terribly far down to far the Knicks, which are tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for the sixth-best odds in the league.

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That team would be a fascinating collection of youth with major pedigree (Knox, Smith Jr.), a phenom (Williamson) and two big-ticket items (Durant, Irving) that have Hall-of-Fame resumes but would enter NY with major pressure on them. That's a lot of faith in a squad that has been pretty inept for the past few seasons, and those odds would make one think that the oddsmakers need serious help.

We know that talking about his impending free agency gets Durant mad, so did the taunting affect him?

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. They will have to find the right fit and Durant, Irving and Leonard are said to be their top picks. Similar to what happened with LeBron James this past summer.

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