Anthony Davis has knowledgeable the New Orleans Pelicans that the Knicks are considered one of 4 groups he can be prepared to signal with for the long run if he’s dealt earlier than Thursday’s commerce deadline, in accordance to an individual with data of his intentions who was not licensed to focus on the matter publicly.
Davis, one of many league’s superstars in his seventh season in New Orleans, is the largest identify in play prematurely of the deadline. He requested to be traded Jan. 28, with the Los Angeles Lakers pushing hardest to get a deal carried out.
The Lakers, together with the Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks, are Davis’s most well-liked commerce locations as he seeks a brand new dwelling on a group that already has a longtime star or a path to buying a number of stars, in accordance to the particular person, who was not permitted to focus on the plans publicly.
The checklist of groups, although, is clearly topped by the Lakers. It was first reported Monday by The Athletic and ESPN.
It is believed that the checklist of groups was given to the Pelicans in hopes of accelerating the possibilities Davis is dealt this week. New Orleans has appreciable incentive to delay buying and selling Davis till nearer to the draft in June, when the Boston Celtics — who aren’t on the checklist however have the largest cache of commerce belongings for Davis — are eligible to commerce for him.
While Kyrie Irving is on the Celtics’ roster, Boston can not commerce for Davis since each he and Irving are below most rookie scale contract extensions. League guidelines solely permit groups to have one such participant on their rosters.
ESPN has reported that the Celtics are urging the Pelicans to maintain onto Davis till after the season to give them a chance to high the Lakers’ finest supply, which is anticipated to function the likes of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma in addition to future first-round draft picks.
Even with the Lakers seemingly established as Davis’s most probably touchdown spot, the Knicks’ presence on the checklist gives a glimmer of hope in what has been a tough season, particularly over the previous week, for Knicks followers. As The Times first reported, the Knicks traded their star forward, Kristaps Porzingis, to the Dallas Mavericks last week in a move that appears largely aimed at clearing cap space to make way for high-profile free agents this summer.
Yet with the worst record in the league (10-42), and after years of dysfunction, the Knicks cannot be certain they will pique the interest of any of the notable players expected to be free agents this summer, such as Kevin Durant, Irving and Kawhi Leonard.
Trading for Davis is realistically only possible if the Knicks win the draft lottery in May and are then willing to trade the No. 1 overall pick to New Orleans for the draft in June. But the Knicks will hope that Davis’s interest and the mere prospect of trading for him can make them a more attractive destination for the league’s top free agents.
Though he has missed New Orleans’ last seven games with a finger injury, Davis is in the midst of another outstanding season. In 41 games, he is averaging career highs in points (29.3), rebounds (13.3) and assists (4.4) per game.