New York Knicks

The New York Knicks were always outside candidates for Kevin Durant, but now they may not even be able to land a meeting with the former MVP.

The summer of Kevin Durant has begun. The New York Knicks have always been long shot candidates to sign the superstar forward, and their chances took another hit.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Durant’s representatives are working to set up free agency meetings with six different teams. The Knicks are not on that list.

Knicks President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson thought that acquiring established point guard Derrick Rose would help lure Durant to New York.

Maybe not. Durant will be hearing pitches from guys like Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry.

Per Woj, the Thunder are the favorites to re-sign him on a one-plus-one-year deal that will allow Durant to return to free agency with Westbrook in the summer of 2017.

Durant will reportedly hold the meetings in New York City, giving the Knicks a good chance to talk him into sitting down with Jackson and his team.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.