The New York Knicks have been seen as favorites to land famous person free brokers Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving within the offseason, however on the primary day of free company, they have been dealt a severe blow.

Durant and Irving each determined to signal with the Knicks’ cross-borough rivals, the Brooklyn Nets. The 2 gamers’ resolution to go to Brooklyn as a substitute of Manhattan left the group “shocked and “depressed,” The Athletic reported Saturday, citing an unidentified supply.

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New York may have paired Durant and Irving with rookie R.J. Barrett and second-year ahead Kevin Knox and what may have been an intimidating crew within the Japanese Convention.

However the Knicks’ model simply doesn’t look like what it as soon as was. Durant stated as a lot throughout a radio interview earlier this month.

“I believe a variety of followers have a look at the Knicks as a model and count on these youthful gamers of their lifetime do not keep in mind the Knicks being good,” Durant instructed Scorching 97 FM. “I’ve seen the Knicks within the Finals, however youngsters developing after me did not see that. In order that entire model of the Knicks just isn’t as cool as, for instance, the Golden State Warriors, and even the Lakers or the Nets now.”

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He added: “You recognize what I am saying; the cool factor now just isn’t the Knicks.”

Durant stated he didn’t even think about the Knicks.

The Nets can be with out Durant for the primary season of his contract as he recovers from an Achilles harm. The Irving-led squad will begin their season Wednesday at dwelling in opposition to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Knicks will start their season on the street Wednesday in opposition to the San Antonio Spurs.

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The 2 New York Metropolis groups can have their first assembly on Friday.