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Report: Phil Jackson told Derrick Rose the Knicks will pursue Kevin Durant

May 30, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts during the second quarter in game seven of the Western conference finals of the NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

May 30, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts during the second quarter in game seven of the Western conference finals of the NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The blockbuster trade for Derrick Rose might be only the beginning of the New York Knicks' summer shopping spree, at least if team president Phil Jackson has his way.

Jackson reportedly told Rose that the Knicks will also pursue Kevin Durant, who is the most prized free agent on the market now that LeBron James has said he plans to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

From the New York Daily News:

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According to a source, Jackson told Rose of his plan to pursue Durant starting on July 1st. That in of itself may be the worst-kept secret in the NBA, along with the notion that Golden State, San Antonio, Miami and both Los Angeles clubs are also planning to recruit Durant. The difference now, however, is that the Knicks are not only selling Durant on Madison Square Garden and Madison Avenue, but also a roster that features a triangle we can all understand; Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Rose, who turns 28 in October.

It remains to be seen whether the Knicks -- or any other team -- will be able to pry Durant away from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the franchise with which he has spent his entire nine-season NBA career. And if Durant does sign elsewhere, it's possible he'd choose a title-ready team like the Golden State Warriors over the Knicks, who have endured three consecutive losing seasons.