Knicks Remove Kevin Durant Photo From Season-Ticket Advertising

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And, if Kevin Durant is available, the Knicks would gladly welcome him into Madison Square Garden with open arms.

In what initially appeared to be a coincidence, the Knicks recently used a photo of Durant alongside rookie center Mitchell Robinson in a promotional photo for the team's 2019-20 season ticket packages. That was most likely done on goal. Still, they made a curious photo choice when asking season-ticket holders to renew before a February 28 deadline. A few factors have given its use extra scrutiny.

Upon realizing Durant was in the photo, the team took it down as a precaution, they said in a statement - even though it was one of many used on its website. As the image spread online, it was probably easy for some observers to suspect the Knicks were sending a less-than-subtle signal about why it might be well worth it to renew season tickets.

They have in turn created enough cap space for two max salary slots and the rumours immediately linked them with Durant.

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The Knicks said in a statement to the New York Daily News the image was one of "several rotating photos on the website". The players were Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.

As the Daily News pointed out, the National Basketball Association fined the Atlanta Hawks in 2013 after a letter that mentioned a pair of impending free agents, Dwight Howard and Chris Paul, was sent to prospective ticket buyers. He was the NBA Finals MVP as the Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers last June.

Through his three career National Basketball Association seasons, Porzingis, the fourth overall pick of the 2015 draft, has averaged 17.8 points per game to go along with 7.1 rebounds.

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