This likely isn’t the welcome new Knicks Taj Gibson and Julius Randle had in mind.
“While we understand that some Knicks fans could be disappointed with tonight’s news, we continue to be upbeat and confident in our plans to rebuild the Knicks to compete for championships in the future, through the draft, targeted free agents and continuing to build around our core of young players,” team president Steve Mills said in a statement to address the news that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are signing with the Nets.
Many fans showed their anger on social media after learning their franchise struck out on two of the most coveted free-agents.
While another in Kawhi Leonard has yet to make up his mind, the Knicks seem like a longshot to sign him. For months, the Knicks were considered in the running to land both Irving and Durant, who is expected to miss all of next season after tearing his Achilles during the NBA Finals.
The Knicks did end up agreeing to terms with Gibson and Randle.