The New York Knicks have been left red confronted after they used an image of Kevin Durant in a marketing campaign to advertise season tickets, which needed to be taken down.
The Knicks’ curiosity within the 10-time All-Star is likely one of the NBA’s worst-kept secrets and techniques and Durant has repeatedly been linked with a transfer to New York this summer time.
The two-time NBA Finals MVP featured alongside Knicks’ rookie ahead Mitchell Robinson in a message the franchise despatched to current season ticket holders earlier this week.
In the message, which was solely seen within the subscriber portal of the Knicks’ web site, the group knowledgeable season ticket holders that the deadline to opt-in to resume their season tickets was February 28.
Numerous season ticket holders discovered the selection of an image that includes Durant barely too apparent to be coincidental and screenshotted the message. As it seems, it will seem the Knicks additionally realized the image may simply be misinterpreted and swiftly eliminated it.
“Game action photos are used all the time for marketing purposes, but given everything going on, we took precaution of taking the photo down,” the Knicks stated in a press release, in response to journalist Stefan Bondy on the New York Daily News.
“To be clear, it was one of several rotating photos on the website.”
Durant has a participant choice for this summer time and he’s anticipated to discover his choices within the free agent market. The Knicks are regarded as the frontrunners to signal the two-time NBA champion, ought to he decide to depart the Bay Area.
In New York, Durant would have the possibility of taking part in on the world’s greatest stage and he can be the cornerstone of the franchise, a luxurious he has by no means been afforded in Golden State.
In an extra indication that the Knicks shall be aggressive within the offseason, they traded Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee to the Dallas Mavericks on the finish of January.
By transferring on the three contracts, New York has ensured it should have north of $70 million in wage cap house this coming summer time, sufficient to accommodate two supermax contracts.
Durant isn’t the one famous person to develop into accessible in the summertime, with Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving all having the choice to exit their contracts, whereas Kemba Walker shall be an unrestricted free agent.
For all of the rumors surrounding his future, nonetheless, Durant made clear final week he was solely excited about taking part in basketball.
“I have got nothing to do with the Knicks, I don’t know who traded [Kristap] Porzingis, I’m trying to play basketball,” he stated as he launched into a unprecedented rant in a post-game convention on Wednesday night time.
“I come here every day and [you reporters] ask me about free agency, ask my teammates, my coaches and you rile up the fans about it. Let us play basketball. That’s all I’m saying.”
Kevin Durant, #35 of the Golden State Warriors through the NBA sport towards the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on February 8, in Phoenix, Arizona. The Warriors defeated the Suns 117-107. Christian Petersen/Getty Images