Knicks not out of Anthony Davis sweepstakes
With the NBA trade deadline now behind us, teams like the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers will have to wait until the offseason in order to try and make a trade for New Orleans Pelicans’ star Anthony Davis.
We know that the only way the Knicks will have a chance at landing Davis is by trading their first round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. That’s of course if they end up with the first or second overall pick. The Pelicans won’t want anything less.
Marc Berman of the New York Post is reporting that the Knicks could end up getting a deal done on draft night that would bring Davis to the Big Apple.
The Knicks have plenty of young assets the Pelicans would consider, according to a source. Along with a lottery pick in June and one of the two Dallas first-rounders, the Pelicans can choose between two of the following: Smith, Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina, Mitchell Robinson and Damyean Dotson.NY Post
Not only do the Knicks have some promising young players on their roster, but they have seven first round draft picks over the course of the next five years.
So New York could offer the Pelicans this year’s top draft pick that could land them Zion Williamson or R.J. Barrett, as well as Dennis Smith Jr. and Kevin Knox along with with a pair of first round picks. That wouldn’t be bad at all.
The one team that of course could change things is the Celtics who could give up Jayson Tatum for Davis. That would be a no-brainer for the Pels because Tatum is one of the top young players in the league. Unless they would value Zion more. But we know that Davis doesn’t want to play in Boston.
Right now, all we can do is wait and see what happens. The first thing that has to happen is the Knicks getting one of the top two picks in the draft.
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