Let the games begin.
On Monday, Anthony Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, contacted the powers to be with the New Orleans Pelicans and expressed that his client has no interest in signing an extension with the team and would like to be traded before he becomes a free agent during the summer of 2020.
The entire NBA knows that the Los Angeles Lakers will be a team that will make an offer for their much-coveted 2nd superstar to play alongside LeBron James, but there’s also a surprise team that wants to change the fortune of their franchise.
The New York Knicks are preparing to make offers for New Orleans Pelicans superstar forward Anthony Davis, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Lakers’ brass had a meeting Monday morning in large part to coordinate the franchise’s plans, sources said.
The Knicks have valuable trade chips in Kristaps Porzingis, rookie Kevin Knox and potentially the No. 1 overall pick in 2019.
If the Knicks are successful, it could boost their attempts to lure Kevin Durant over the summer, and they’d still be in position to snag Irving or Charlotte’s Kemba Walker.
Within a five-month period, Madison Square Garden could be home to a championship contender.
The Lakers’ package would almost have to include Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma along with other sweeteners and salary-cap fillers.
For the Lakers, it’s time to strike now. It’s becoming more and more apparent that acquiring a top-tier free agent in the summer might be too complicated.
There’s pressure to surround LeBron James with elite talent sooner rather than later. James and Davis share the same agent, making the Lakers the most convenient and logical option.
Davis, who is sidelined with a fractured left index finger, reportedly informed his teammates of his impending trade request before news got around to the Pelicans front office.
Davis has stated repeatedly that he wants to be in a winning situation, but with the Pelicans having a 22-28 record and not being able to pair the big man with top talent during his entire time there, it was time for Davis to make his move now.