Free-agent forward Kevin Durant will reportedly meet with several teams, including the Knicks.
Updates from June 27
4:36 pm: Durant said "We'll see," when asked about the Knicks at a Team USA event on Monday.
3:05 pm: Carmelo says he is not pressuring Durant but "We're friends, we hang out" according to Adam Zagoria.
2:23 pm: The effort to recruit Kevin Durant to New York has begun, Carmelo Anthony told ESPN . "We've been together. We've been talking" the Knicks forward said.
10:48 am: Durant will meet with the Thunder, Spurs, Warriors, Celtics, Heat and Clippers, according to ESPN and The Vertical.
9:23 am: Durant and the Knicks will meet, MSG's Alan Hahn said on Twitter, though he is not sure of a specific date.
Initial Reports and Reaction
Durant has informed the Knicks he will meet with them, Tommy Dee tweeted June 25.
The Knicks, Dee added, are confident they will be in Durant's top three teams this summer.
According to a Frank Isola report for the Daily News on June 23, Phil Jackson told Derrick Rose that the Knicks plan to pursue Durant.
The Thunder and Warriors are widely considered the favorites to land Durant, according to multiple reports. However, Jackson believes the trade for Rose may have put the Knicks in the conversation, says Isola.
Jackson believes -- now that they have Rose -- the Knicks can now make a strong pitch to lure Durant to New York.
Durant was third in the NBA with 28.2 points per game this season while also averaging 8.2 rebounds and five assists per game. He shot 50.5 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from the three-point line.
He is a seven-time All-Star, five-time All-NBA First Team, four-time NBA scoring champion and was the 2014 NBA MVP.