Anthony Davis
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New York Knicks reportedly tried to sell superstar Anthony Davis on joining them next summer before the 2020-2021 season. 

Anthony Davis was most definitely the biggest trade target in the NBA this offseason. And last Saturday, the now-former New Orleans Pelican exited the market.

The Los Angeles Lakers sent Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three draft picks (including this year’s No. 4 overall) to New Orleans for Davis. Now, Davis and LeBron James will team up with an NBA title in mind.

The New York Knicks were another team that seemed in contention to trade for Davis until it was reported that they actually backed off their pursuit. The Knicks apparently don’t impress the Pelicans with any of their young players.

Now, Howard Beck of Bleacher Report has come out with a report that states the Knicks tried to sell Davis on joining them next summer. Davis will become a free agent after this upcoming season but plans to re-sign with the Lakers.

“The Knicks, recognizing the futility of a trade and fearful of getting shut out this summer, made overtures for Davis to join them as a free agent in 2020, according to a league source.”

The Knicks could still be in a position to turn the roster around this summer and add Davis next summer. Yes, he claims he’ll re-sign with the Lakers as was said before. But then again, Kyrie Irving said he was going to re-sign with Boston and look how that’s going to turn out.

The Knicks could still sign Kevin Durant this summer, however, wouldn’t see him on the floor until the 2020-2021 season as he’s dealing with a ruptured Achilles. New York could also still sign Irving too. Per a report from Brian Lewis of the New York Post, the Brooklyn Nets may opt out of their pursuit of Irving if they can’t sign Durant as well.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.