As free agency draws ever closer, the future of the biggest player on the market continues to dominate the headlines on a daily basis.
Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant is one of the best players to ever hit the open market, so it comes as no surprise that the intrigue around his upcoming decision is gathering momentum.
According to reports, once the doors to free agency open on July 1, the 2014 MVP already has multiple meetings scheduled with some of the best teams in the league.
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KD is expected to take in meetings with the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, as well as the Thunder.
Earlier in the week it was reported by the New York Post that the New York Knicks were considered as outsiders in their hopes of adding their name to the party. But, that may soon be about to change thanks to some persuasive words from their main man Carmelo Anthony.
Melo and Durant were both named to the 12-man roster to represent Team USA at this summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the Knicks small forward has already confirmed that he has wasted no time in recruiting the OKC star in the hope that he makes the move to the Big Apple.
Per Ian Begley of ESPN, those words may already have had some effect on the seven-time All-Star who had some interesting words to say about the Knicks, especially after they acquired point guard Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls.
"Obviously they have a good team now with D-Rose and Melo and Porzingis," Durant told reporters on Monday. "So I will talk to my team and we will figure things out."
This isn't a clear indication that he'll guarantee the Knicks a sit-down meeting, but the signs are more encouraging than they were several days ago.
The 27-year-old's Roc Nation agency, which is based in Manhattan, is believed to be setting up meetings on his behalf in New York and the city's biggest franchise would certainly see it as a missed opportunity if they didn't at least get a chance to pitch to KD while he's in town.
The fact that he's decided to conduct his free agency talks in NY may also be a positive sign for the Knicks as previous reports stated that they were due to take place in L.A.
However, with the calibre of teams that are currently in the mix, New York will find it difficult to compete with them from a basketball standpoint as Durant has said he will ultimately make a "basketball decision".
They would have to sell him on the potential of a team with himself, Carmelo, Rose and Kristaps Porzingis. But at this stage, the four-time scoring champion is not keen on potential, he wants to win.