Not sure why Anthony Davis would want to play for the Knicks
News broke on Monday morning that New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davi shas informed the team that he would like to be traded to a championship contender.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news.
A couple of hours later Woj went on ESPN and said that the New York Knicks will be aggressive in hopes of trading for Davis.
Mike Vorkunov of The Athleticmade a great point and that is, why would Davis want to play for the Knicks when his agent made it clear that he wants to be a part of a contender?
The Knicks could use some of their younger players like Kevin Knox and Frank Ntilikina in order to unload guys like Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. This should give them the cap space needed to re-sign Davis and sign Kevin Durant this summer.
The fact of the matter is that trading for Davis would likely draw another big-time free agent to the Knicks and if they have both Davis and Durant, they would instantly become contenders out of the east.
Of course if the Knicks are truly interested in trading for Davis, they will have to offer up Kristaps Porzingis, which is perfectly fine given the fact that Davis would be an upgrade over KP and Porzingis is recovering from a torn ACL.
When it comes to the Pelicans, they will likely deal Davis to whichever teams makes the best offer. Of course the team that he’s been linked to the most is the Los Angeles Lakers, who will have to at least part with the likes of Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma if they want a shot at AD.
It’s going to be interesting to see how things turn out going forward, but right now, I wouldn’t expect the Knicks to land Davis. If they do get him, they would risk hm leaving as a free agent in 2020.
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