Joe & Evan: Knicks, Nets Shouldn't Sell The Farm For Anthony Davis

Joe & Evan
January 28, 2019 - 12:08 pm

By WFAN.com

The Knicks and Nets shouldn't enter the Anthony Davis sweepstakes, WFAN's Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts said Monday.

Davis, a five-time All-Star power forward, has told the Pelicans he wants to be traded to a championship-contending team and will not sign an extension with New Orleans, his agent, Rich Paul, told The Associated Press on Monday.

Davis is not set to become a free agent until 2020. Roberts said it appears the timing of Davis' demand has to do with trying to send him to the Los Angeles Lakers. Paul represents both Davis and LeBron James, who has said publicly that it would be "amazing" to team with the 25-year-old big man.

The Boston Celtics could make a strong push for Davis after July 1. They cannot trade for him before then because NBA rules wouldn't allow both Kyrie Irving's and Davis' contracts on the same team under the designated rookie exception.

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"LeBron wants Anthony Davis because the old man, LeBron James, who isn't even healthy right now, realizes that all the young talent around him ain't getting him past the Warriors," Roberts said. "He knows this. He's right. He knows this. So he wants Anthony Davis, so he said to Rich Paul, 'Get me Anthony Davis.'"

By pressuring the Pelicans to trade Davis before the Feb. 7 deadline, Davis could potentially remove the Celtics from the equation.

"I don't think the Pelicans are going to agree to it (trading Davis by Feb. 7) because the Pelicans should wait until the summer when the Celtics are involved, when they know who wins the lottery," Roberts said.

Knicks and Nets fans will inevitably wonder if Davis could land in New York. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who was the first to report that Davis wants out of New Orleans, said in a radio appearance Monday that the Knicks are expected to aggressively pursue him.

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But trading for him, which wouldn't come cheap, would be a mistake, Roberts said.

"That's not a knock on Anthony Davis," Roberts said. "It's a knock on the idea that I've got to basically take all my young assets and ship them over to New Orleans for a guy who may not even re-sign with me."

Roberts said the Knicks, especially, should have learned from the mistake they made by giving up so many assets for Carmelo Anthony in 2011.

"The Knicks are rebuilding, and I think they are doing things the right way. ... The quick fix doesn't work," he said.

Benigno said he likes Davis but is not overly high on him because Davis, who has won one playoff series in seven seasons in New Orleans, hasn't proven he can carry a franchise.

"Here's the one thing that bothers me about Anthony Davis: I always thought Anthony Davis was a lead guy," Benigno said. "Like a lead franchise guy. This is a guy that's going to immediately turn a team around and win a championship. Well, that certainly hasn't happened.

"I always kind of looked at him like that. Is he a complementary superstar? Is that what he wants to be? Because that's what he would be with LeBron."

Also, the Knicks and Nets don't exactly satisfy Davis' criterion of being consistent contenders.

"Clearly our two franchises have that," Roberts said sarcastically.

To listen to Joe and Evan's discussion on Anthony Davis, click on the audio player above.