The option Kevin Durant sees as ‘the last resort’


The Knicks will still get their chance at an injured Kevin Durant.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Wednesday morning that Durant is opposed to opting in to the final year of his Warriors contract as he rehabs and recovers for what is believed to be a ruptured Achilles.

“Opting in is last report, $31.5 million for next season, that’s only if you couldn’t find any other team to commit to you on a contract,” Wojnarowski said on “Get Up.”

That is not expected to be the case. Despite Durant’s catastrophic injury, and that he is 30-years-old, it is widely believed there are teams still interested in giving him a max deal. While no specific team has been cited, the Knicks were among the most serious suitors for Durant before he collapsed to the court during Monday night’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

“That’s only if there’s nothing else out there after canvassing the league,” Wojnarowski said. “I would be shocked if Warriors weren’t interested in something long-term.”