The New York Knicks reportedly weren’t even close to a done deal for Anthony Davis before he was traded to the Lakers.
The Anthony Davis trade saga is officially over now that the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers came to an agreement Saturday. The Lakers sent Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and multiple first-round picks to the Pelicans for the superstar.
The New York Knicks were in talks with the Pelicans regarding a trade for Davis, but, reportedly, weren’t even close to a done deal. Apparently, the Pelicans didn’t like any of the Knicks’ young players.
Marc Berman of the New York Post writes, “The Knicks were willing to include the No. 3 pick and at least one of Dallas’ two first-round picks in a Davis deal. New Orleans had a choice among a group of young players in Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina.
“The Post reported the Pelicans didn’t view any of their young players as having a potential top-15 future. Meanwhile, SNY reported the Knicks were reluctant to give up too many assets in a Davis deal, and clearly the Knicks would not have given up a collection of six players and picks.”
The Knicks just can’t seem to win so far this offseason.
Along with not getting Davis, the Knicks aren’t getting much closer to getting free agent targets Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
Despite the chance to still sign Irving, the star point guard seems to have his sights set on the Brooklyn Nets. The NBA Free Agency period doesn’t start until June 30 though, so there’s still time for things to change.
As far as Durant, well, that’s another story. Durant ruptured his Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The injury will most definitely have him out for all of next season. Would you really give a player a huge deal if you couldn’t have him play for an entire season? It’s Durant, so it could happen, but fans can only wait and see for now.