Well, the Knicks sort of jumped the gun on the Kevin Durant front recently when they included him in the promotional imagery for their 2019-2020 season ticket campaign. That was most likely done on goal.
The photo was part of a pitch to season-ticket holders to renew their packages for the 2019-20 season. The image had been taken down by Sunday morning.More news: Captain Marvel "Connection" Spot
"Game action photos are used all the time for marketing purposes, but given everything going on, we took precaution of taking the photo down", reads the team's official statement, via Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News.
It does not technically break any league rules to feature an opposing player in a season-ticket pitch, but the Durant case is unique and will likely be scrutinized by those watching his highly anticipated free agency. He signed a two year, $61.5 million deal with the Warriors last season that comes with a player option, which many expect he will opt-out of and become a free agent again this summer.More news: Iran: Rouhani defies U.S. on 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution
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. NY has lost 16 straight games, just four shy of a dubious franchise record, and holds the NBA's worst record.
But that has come to an end, as the team announced it has removed the photo with Durant's likeness and released the following statement about their decision.More news: Hugh Jackman is now one award away from becoming an EGOT