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Knicks remove Kevin Durant photo from season ticket promotion ad

12 February 2019

In the midst of strong rumours linking Durant with a move to the Knicks this summer, it may be beyond coincidental that the Knicks used the Golden State Warriors star in their promotional material.

Kevin Durant dribbles against the Knicks' Damyean Dotson in an October game.

Was it really just a coincidence that the Knicks used a photo of Kevin Durant in advertising for season-ticket renewals?

The thing is, players never want to tank, and Knicks rookie Kevin Knox is the flawless example of that.

In the image, you can see Knicks player Mitchell Robinson standing next to Durant who still has a Warriors jersey. After the Knicks' trade of Kristaps Porzingis cleared enough salary cap space to potentially sign two maximum-level free agents in July, rumors abounded that the team was already confident of landing Durant. Still, they made a curious photo choice when asking season-ticket holders to renew before a February 28 deadline.

As the organization states, it was a rotating image that appears on their website, but given the amount of attention it has received, it decided it was in the team's best interest to remove it.

Durant has won two consecutive National Basketball Association titles since joining the Warriors as a free agent before the 2016-17 season.

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Porzingis who met with the Knicks before being acquired by the Mavs on January 31, gave NY a short list of teams that he desired to be traded to, which included the Raptors.

Durant is averaging 27.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game.

Knicks remove Kevin Durant photo from season ticket promotion ad