With 2019 NBA Draft approaching and New Orleans Pelicans owning No. 1, the future of frustrated superstar Anthony Davis has been questioned, with the New York Knicks again emerging as a potential landing site for that will-star.
The 2019 draft lottery was perhaps one of the more stressful nights of recent memory for fans of the New York Knicks who had turned off watching their holding tank for the worst record in the league in the 2018-19 season knowing it was the first step on the road to Zion. But when the envelopes were opened on draft night and New Orleans Pelicans got away with No. 1
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Anthony Davis made ready for Pelican's ownership earlier this year that he did not intend to resign with the team when his contract was completed at the end of the 2019-20 season. This led to speculation as to where Davis would end up if they were traded, with the Los Angeles Lakers and Knicks as potential frontrunners to push the player.
As mentioned, Knicks' "aggressive" followed a deal for Davis, shopping Kristaps Porzingis and the potential draft rights for the Knicks lottery prior to the trade deadline of 2018-19.
Davis was not moved by deadline, but according to New York Post s Brian Lewis, despite winning the 2019 draft lottery, "the idea of playing with another generation talent in presumably # 1 assembled elections Zion Williamson has not seemed to softer Davis attitude. In recent weeks, fans and media personalities have speculated on Knicks, Lakers, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets as potential landmarks for Davis this offseason.
The openness of Knicks trading for Davis is this offseason obvious: Davis is a generation talent who has established himse If I am one of the best players in the NBA and a multi-year MVP candidate, ahead of his 27th birthday . The idea of Knicks, who makes Davis with another superstar such as Kyrie Irving or Kevin Durant, is thinking and will almost immediately establish Knicks as a playoff team and possible championship competitor in the coming years.
But downsides of a trade for Anthony Davis would be far greater than just No. 3 and some promising young players.
As FanSided's Preston Ellis theorized, a realistic trading package that Knicks could put together for Davis would most likely include the following:
In this trade package, the most frightening aspect is how much Knicks would give up for very little back guaranteed.
Anthony Davis' current contract ends after the 2019-2020 season, with a player capable of $ 28.75 for the 2020-2021 season. Knicks would give up at least 2 current pieces of their young core, a lottery ticket and future first-round picks, and who knows how many members of their current roster to one player in return, which can only be guaranteed for the team next season.
If this starts to feel honestly known, it should: Knicks did almost the same thing 8 years ago. During the 2010-2011 season, Knicks made a blockbuster trade for Carmelo Anthony, who sent several young players, veterans and drafts out of New York to one of the NBA's best players. Like Davis, Melo had expressed frustration towards the Denver Nuggets and was smoked to want a trade off the franchise, to write down a reported 3-year / $ 65 million contract expansion offer in favor of becoming a free agent in the 2011 offseason.
While this deal immediately made Knicks a contender in the Eastern Conference and would lead to some of the most competitive Knicks teams in the latest memory, it can be argued that it also impedes the franchise's future ability to build a Team around Melo.
The loss of future drafts and funds that could have been used to build more competitive teams was a blow in itself, but the fact that it was done in an agreement for a a player who could have been acquired in a free agency seems to make the Melo trade almost meaningless.
With the prospect of a similar deal threatening on the horizon in front of 20 19 NBA Draft, it would best serve Knicks as a franchise to learn from their story not to be doomed to repeat it.