Report: New York Knicks wouldn’t offer Kevin Durant max deal because of Achilles injury

The New York Knicks would not offer former Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant a max contract out of concern for his ruptured right Achilles tendon, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

“The Knicks and owner Jim Dolan were not prepared to offer Kevin Durant a full max contract due to concerns over his recovery from the Achilles injury, league sources tell me and @wojespn,” Shelburne wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

Durant announced on Sunday on Instagram that he would be signing a max contract with another team in the same media market as the Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets.

She also wrote that the Knicks are in Los Angeles meeting with free agents “such as Julius Randle.” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski announced on Sunday that Randle would be signing a 3-year, $63 million deal with the Knicks.

Many in the league speculated that Durant would join the Knicks once he became a free agent this offseason, but there was doubt cast on the possibility by the New York tabloid press after Durant injured his Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Now, Knicks fans are mad that the franchise didn’t do all they could to sign Durant and bring him to Madison Square Garden. “Imagine being picky about Kevin Durant as though the New York Knicks are in any position to be picky when it comes to improving the team smh,” one person wrote on Twitter.

Another person wrote, “Sadly, it is now the #Knicks who are the B team in New York. A dysfunctional franchise with the worst owner in sports.”

Drew Costley is an SFGATE editorial assistant. Email: drew.costley@sfgate.com | Twitter: @drewcostley

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