Report: Knicks Want To Trade For Anthony Davis If They Win Draft Lottery

May 14, 2019 - 4:49 pm
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By WFAN.com

The Knicks tanked for the entirety of the 2018/19 NBA season with the hope that they would be rewarded in the draft lottery with the first overall pick in the draft.

Zion Williamson is the consensus top pick in the draft, but the Knicks could opt to trade the pick if they do win the right to choose first. According to a bombshell report from Stadium’s Shams Charania, New York will “focus” on trying to use to the No. 1 pick to trade for Anthony Davis.

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Davis demanded a trade from the Pelicans before the trade deadline back in February. He reportedly wanted a trade to the Lakers, but New Orleans stayed strong and didn’t trade its star player during the season. The belief has always been that offers more intriguing than the Lakers’ would be available this summer.

Davis ended up sitting out quite a few games down the stretch. He still has another year left on his contract with the Pelicans, but it seems highly likely that he will be traded before next season.

The resurgence of this drama with Davis comes at a time when speculation about Kevin Durant going to the Knicks in free agency is at its peak. Golden State is still in the playoffs, but much of the discussion around the league is still about what Durant will decide to do with his future. If the Knicks can trade for Davis, they would look even more appealing to KD.

This all goes against Knicks fan’s expectations over the course of the season. The possible reward at the end of their struggle was assumed to be Williamson, but this could be an equally tantalizing prospect.

Then again, New York might lose Tuesday night’s draft lottery and be forced to go back to the drawing board.