Knicks free agency rumors: New York betting favorite to sign Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving

The Knicks have a chance to end up with a pair of stars this summer.

New York is the betting favorite to sign both Kevin Durant (-175) and Kyrie Irving (+105), according to odds released by Odds Shark on Monday.

Durant has widely been linked to the Knicks and one rumor surfaced earlier this month that said he already had a “handshake deal” in place with the team.  But, Durant’s manager, Rich Kleiman, said last week at the “Wall Street Journal Future of Everything Festival” that wasn’t the case.

“That is 100% undecided,” Kleiman said. “I’m waiting on Kevin. That’s the truth. I think there’s a feeling that this thing is like war games and everybody is playing chess years out. But, when somebody gets to the level of basketball that he’s at, you can’t juggle focus like that. There’s so many things he’s juggling.”

The Warriors are +210 to retain Durant while the Clippers follow at +500. Durant’s friend and former teammate, Kendrick Perkins, said in a recent interview with FS1 he “wouldn’t be surprised” if the star signed with Los Angeles.

Durant has been out since straining his calf in Golden State’s Game 5 win over the Rockets in the second round of the playoffs. The Warriors went on to close out Houston in six games before sweeping the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals. They’ll face the Raptors in the NBA Finals, with Game 1 set for Thursday. Durant will not play in that matchup.

Irving, meanwhile, averaged 23.8 points and 6.9 assists for Boston this season. The Celtics finished 2018-19 with a 49-33 record and advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals, where they fell to the Bucks in five games.

Irving, 27, has become “more open” to joining the Lakers, according to an earlier report from ESPN. Irving and Lakers star LeBron James won a championship together while they were teammates with the Cavaliers from 2014-17.

Irving reportedly wanted a bigger role and asked Cleveland to trade him before he was eventually sent to the Celtics. Irving, however, said he apologized to James during a phone call in late January.

The Lakers are +300 to land Irving, according to Odds Shark. Irving is also expected to consider the Nets (+260) and he could return to the Celtics (+300), as well.