Ric Bucher: Knicks Assistant Royal Ivey Could Lure Kevin Durant to New York

Ric Bucher thinks Knicks assistant coach Royal Ivey could be an important kicker to where Kevin Durant plays next year.

Ric Bucher: “Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have met a couple times since KD's calf strain and most recently after the surgery in New York. My understanding is that they’ve been talking about potentially playing together for years since playing on the national team together. Everything I’m hearing now is who is going to win the battle. KD prefers the Knicks, Kyrie prefers the Nets and if they are going to play together, it comes down to which place it's going to be. I’m going to go New York for KD because it’s really hard to believe that KD is going to ultimately pull the trigger and play for Brooklyn. He has so many ties to the Knicks organization. He’s the godfather of Royal Ivey’s daughter, a Texas alum, and a former teammate at OKC. Those guys are really good friends and he’s still an assistant coach with the Knicks. There is even a report that DeAndre Jordan, who played for the Knicks last year and is close with KD, could add fodder."

Listen to NBA insider Ric Bucher join The Herd to talk with Colin Cowherd about the developing reports around superstar free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

Bucher believes the Golden State Warriors are OUT for the two-time NBA Finals MVP and it simply comes down to a two-horse race between the Knicks and Nets for the formerly tabbed World’s Best Player.

Bucher says an underrated layer that not many people are talking about is KD’s relationship with Knicks assistant Royal Ivey, a fellow Texas Longhorn alum, that played with Durant on the Oklahoma City, and who’s daughter is also godfathered by KD.

Check out the audio below as Bucher explains why he thinks all signs point to Durant in a Knicks uniform next season.

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