Kevin Durant Kyrie Irving
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NBA mega free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will sign with the New York Knicks, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith proclaims.

Robby Sabo

The entire basketball-loving city of New York is sitting on a 95 percent shot of pure ecstasy.

According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, it’s a 95 percent chance that both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving sign with the New York Knicks this summer.

Durant, 30, is the NBA’s undoubted second-best player behind LeBron James, though the rankings are in question with the latter’s increasing age. In 78 games with the Golden State Warriors this past season, Durant averaged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists per contest. His filthy .521 clip from the floor remains one of the most underrated numbers in the game.

Irving, 27, is battling intensive rumors in Boston. After forcing his way out of Cleveland and then announcing his long-term love for Bean Town (prior to the season), most pundits believe he’s on the way out.

The potential forward-point guard tag-team is a match made in Manhattan heaven.

Of course, this is Stephen A. Smith. The sheer number of minutes he speaks per day is intrusive. Never could the man find his way to a “more right than incorrect” scorecard due to the sports media landscape today.

Remember, though: it was Smith who nailed LeBron to Miami during Summer 2010.

Smith, long before anybody else, nailed James “taking his talents to South Beach” when everybody else continued the agonizing speculation.

With the Dubs on to the Western Conference Finals without Durant—who’s still sidelined with a calf strain—the handwriting appears fit for a big-time basketball shakeup this summer.

Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]