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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Report: Some with Knicks hesitant about trading for Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

The New York Knicks are expected to be among a handful of teams that aggressively pursue Anthony Davis leading up to the NBA Draft later this month, but there are apparently some within the organization who wonder if making a deal of that magnitude is a good idea.

SNY’s Ian Begley reports that there are people in the Knicks’ front office who are “adamant about not giving up a ton of assets — young players or draft picks — in a Davis trade.” Those who are hesitant fear that the Knicks might gut their roster the way they did when they acquired Carmelo Anthony several years ago, and that ended up being a disaster.

It may not matter, because a separate report from Marc Berman of the New York Post claims the Pelicans are not that interested in New York’s young players. The Knicks can offer the No. 3 overall pick in the upcoming draft, but they may have to get a third team involved in order for New Orleans to get the players it wants.

Unlike when they traded for Carmelo, the goal this time around for the Knicks would be for Davis to only be the first major domino to fall for them this summer. They have the cap space needed to sign two max players are said to be undeterred by Kevin Durant’s injury. They have also been repeatedly linked to Kyrie Irving, but Irving may have other plans.

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