Knicks remove photo with Kevin Durant from season ticket pitch

Rex Christensen
February 12, 2019

The Knicks are expected to make Kevin Durant their top free agent target this summer.

After shocking the National Basketball Association world and trading away star player Kristaps Porzingis, the New York Knicks are trying once again to put all of their eggs in one basket and hope to sign a max player or two to turn the franchise around.

The photo was part of a pitch to season-ticket holders to renew their packages for the 2019-20 season.

But that has come to an end, as the team announced it has removed the photo with Durant's likeness and released the following statement about their decision.

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Using an opposing player in a sales photo is not strictly against National Basketball Association rules, according to reporting from the New York Post, but Durant's contract situation has brought about concern.

Also, counting recent trades the Knicks have made, they could have about $75 million in salary cap space toward pursuing a high-priced player, according to reporting from ESPN. "To be clear, it was one of several rotating photos on the website".

As the Daily News pointed out, the National Basketball Association fined the Atlanta Hawks in 2013 after a letter that mentioned a pair of impending free agents, Dwight Howard and Chris Paul, was sent to prospective ticket buyers. The Knicks, though, have been closely linked to Durant, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, in free agency.

Through his three career National Basketball Association seasons, Porzingis, the fourth overall pick of the 2015 draft, has averaged 17.8 points per game to go along with 7.1 rebounds.

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