If Anthony Davis is willing to sign a long-term deal with the New York Knicks, that is an excellent sign for the upcoming summer.
The New York Knicks are trying to paint the picture that they are an organization heading in the right direction. If the latest Anthony Davis rumors are true, it’s hard to argue against the idea that they are becoming an attractive destination.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that the Knicks are among a “handful” of teams that Davis is willing to sign an extension with.
Beyond the Lakers and Knicks, the Pelicans have been made aware of "a handful" of teams that Anthony Davis would be willing to sign long-term with upon a trade, league sources tell ESPN. Boston isn't included on that list.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2019
Prior to this report, the popular belief was that the Lakers were the only team Davis would sign an extension with. If the Knicks are indeed one of the teams on Davis’ list, that bodes well for the organization’s future.
The Kristaps Porzingis trade was centered around clearing cap space to lure two superstars to come to New York. Clearing the cap space is one thing, but convincing two stars is a different story.
Whether or not the Knicks can secure a deal for Davis is unclear at this point. But his interest in the organization is good for Knicks fans looking for positives in the wake of the Kristaps Porzingis trade.
Furthermore, the Kristaps Porzingis brought in multiple first-round picks that could potentially be used in a swap for Davis. The Pelicans are surely looking for draft capital in return for the superstar big man. The Knicks have their own pick this year—which should fall somewhere in the top-five picks—and now have a total of seven first-rounders over the next five years.
The Knicks might be hesitant to trade away those picks almost immediately after acquiring them. But Davis is a superstar talent and he might be worth it—especially if he’s willing to sign a long-term extension.