Anthony Davis
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Although 2020 free agency is a long way off, there are already rumblings about a potential New York Knicks-Anthony Davis pairing.

It has already begun. With 2019 free agency in the rearview, rumors and rumblings about 2020 are here. Anthony Davis could be the main attraction if he decides to leave the Lakers after this season and the New York Knicks could be in play.

“The 2020 free-agent pool is short on stars, but they could be one of the favorites for big fish Anthony Davis if the Lakers implode. Rich Paul, Davis’ agent, likes the idea of his client in New York, according to a source,” wrote Marc Berman of the New York Post.

The Knicks are still in search of their next star after trading away Kristaps Porzingis, then subsequently striking out in free agency in 2019.

Obviously, it’s far too early to have any idea what Davis is going to do next summer. But if the Knicks want to have any chance at wooing a star of his caliber, they’ll need to show significant improvements this season.

Mitchell Robinson will need to own his role in the starting lineup, Kevin Knox will have to be more efficient, and RJ Barrett will need to show flashes of potential at the very least.

Furthermore, the Knicks will have to win more than 17 games to attract the attention of any legitimate stars. The Brooklyn Nets were a perfect example of how a trip to the playoffs makes a team standout in free agency.

The playoffs may be an unrealistic expectation for the Knicks next season but is a 30-win season too much to ask? That may be what it takes if the Knicks want to become a viable option for stars.

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