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Report: Phil Jackson tells Derrick Rose the Knicks will pursue Kevin Durant

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We are now just one week away from one of the most eagerly anticipated free agency periods ever as a number of players hit the open market. 

But, despite several talented players being available, it is the future of one specific superstar which has led to the anticipation of July 1. 

As almost everybody with an interest in basketball will know, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant will become a free agent for the first time in his career. 

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KD will be one of the best players to ever hit the free agency market and certainly the best since LeBron James in 2010. 

The 27-year-old will be courted by a large number of teams who are desperate to add one of the game's true superstars to their ranks.  

The Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers are the biggest teams to have been credited with an interest but the team in the NBA's biggest market has now made their intentions clear.  

It shouldn't come as a surprise but the New York Knicks have thrown their name into the mix as they seek to attract a marquee name to the Big Apple this summer.

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The franchise has failed to make the playoffs for the past three seasons but, are keen to make the necessary moves to not only bring that run to an end but challenge for a title too.

On Wednesday they completed what is likely to be the biggest trade of this offseason by acquiring All-Star point guard Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls. 

According to the New York Daily News, president Phil Jackson informed Rose that they will be strongly pursuing Durant in free agency.

The Zen Master will be hoping that the prospect of playing with the 2011 MVP, along with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, will be enough to convince the OKC small forward to bring his talents to Madison Square Garden.

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Even with Rose on the roster, though, the chances of the Knicks landing the most coveted free agent are very slim indeed.

The 2014 MVP has already stated that any decision he makes will be purely a "basketball decision" and at this stage, with the Warriors and Spurs among his many suitors, a move to NY would not seem like the best basketball decision. 

Even staying in Oklahoma City, where they reached the Western Conference Finals and came to within a win of reaching the NBA Finals, would be a more viable option for Durant. 

As he mentioned earlier in the week, the promise of a large salary and the opportunities that will open up in one of the bigger markets don't appeal to him as he's happy with his career as it is.

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“You tend to hear about the market and the opportunities you can get off the basketball court, but I’m blessed, man, to be making what I make as a basketball player,” he said.

“I’m doing this in Oklahoma City. I don’t care about the commercials, I don’t really care about this s---, I just want to hoop. But I got all this being in Oklahoma City, so all that stuff doesn’t really matter to me.”

What does matter to the seven-time All-Star is winning and he's desperate to get his hands on a championship so, unfortunately, that all but rules out New York as a realistic option. 

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