As the Pelicans search for an Anthony Davis suitor, the superstar has amended his preferred teams to the Lakers and New York Knicks.
There is no doubt that the New York Knicks and Anthony Davis will be linked for the next few weeks. Davis recently affirmed his trade request and the New Orleans Pelicans are now focusing on finding the right deal.
The chatter about the Knicks’ interest in Davis will grow now that the superstar has narrowed his preferred list of teams to the Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The Lakers and the Pelicans tried to reach a deal before the trade deadline in February, but the trade blew up in epic fashion. Of course, many believed that Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, pushed for the trade just so he could link Davis up with his most famous client, LeBron James. Exactly what happened behind the scenes is still somewhat murky, but it’s clear that Davis still has interest in the Lakers.
While the Knicks and Lakers are the two teams that will feel most confident in signing Davis long-term, other teams could still feel compelled to enter the fray.
The Toronto Raptors made the risky move of trading for Kawhi Leonard this past offseason and now they are on the cusp of winning their first championship in franchise history. Furthermore, the Oklahoma City Thunder took a similar risk in trading for Paul George two summers ago. They were able to re-sign the All-Star to a long-term deal despite not having assurances that he would before the trade.
The Davis saga is far from over, but the Knicks already have a leg up on the competition.