Knicks’ fans shouldn’t get their hopes up about Anthony Davis
There’s no doubt that New Orleans Pelicans’ star forward Anthony Davis is one of the top players in the NBA.
With Davis’ contract set to run out in 2020, the expectation is that he will leave as a free agent and the most likely destination will be the Los Angeles Lakers.
While the Lakers are the front runners to acquire Davis, it sounds like the Knicks might have a chance at landing him.
Marc Berman of the New York Post is reporting that the Knicks are on Davis’ list of teams that he would like to play for.
Rumors persist Anthony Davis will want out of New Orleans this summer, and the Knicks are said to be on his list.New York Post
The only problem is that the Knicks will need to free up cap space. But it sounds like they have a plan in case they’re able to sign someone like Kyrie Irving next summer.
They have tentative moves in place to open up a maximum $38 million contract slot, according to sources, for Durant. (Whether that entails trading Tim Hardaway Jr.’s pact is unclear.)New York Post
Now it’s very unlikely that the Knicks will be in the position to sign a free agent like Kevin Durant next summer and then get Davis. But I’m sure they will do their best to get a difference maker or two over the next couple of years.
The one thing that could make it difficult for the Knicks to land Davis is that once he makes it clear to the Pelicans that he’s not re-signing, they will likely look to trade him in order to receive some young talent in return.
Would the Knicks pull the trigger on a trade for Davis? Maybe. It’s depends on New Orleans demands. Than again, they would be getting one of the premiere league players in the league in return.
One thing is for sure and that is that the Knicks’ front office isn’t looking at next summer as a make or break time to land a big free agent, according to Berman.
According to NBA sources, Knicks brass no longer views 2019 as a make-or-break free-agent summer. The 9-25 Knicks feel their plan can still go on even if they do not sign a big fish in July.The Post
The Knicks don’t have to sign a big-name free agent. It would be nice, but they have a nice young core group of players that need time to develop.
Once that happens, who knows how good the Knicks will be.
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