Kevin Durant’s closest confidant is playing it safe.
The superstar’s manager and media business partner, Rich Kleiman, offered little hints over his client’s future Tuesday during an appearance at the Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything Festival.
“That is 100 percent undecided and I’m waiting on Kevin,” Kleiman said. “That’s the truth.”
Many in the basketball community would seem to disagree, already positing who Durant will bring with him to The Garden.
Kleiman, a noted Knicks fan and native of the city, of course has nothing to gain by declaring Durant will sign with the Knicks this summer; doing so, while Durant is still a member of the Golden State Warriors, would likely land him in trouble with the league.
“He’s not scripting his future,” Kleiman said.
Durant, expected to flee Golden State to become a free agent this summer, has been rumored Knicks-bound for over a year. The franchise with one playoff series win in the millennium could offer Durant a max contract slot, and the chance to fortify his legacy.
The narrative only grows as the Warriors continue to prove they can win without him, at least for now. Durant missed the entire Western Conference Final, and his status for the NBA Finals is up in the air as he recovers from a left calf injury, Kleiman said.
There’s speculation Kleiman, who famously once tweeted, “Imma run the Knicks one day,” would become a member of the team’s front office if Durant completes the prophecy.