NBA trade news: Knicks shock package to challenge Lakers, Celtics for Anthony Davis


That’s the suggestion in a report from ESPN’s Ian Begley, who states the Knicks could centre a package around Williamson for Davis.

Davis will be playing for a different team next season, but where that will be remains a mystery.

The Lakers were unable to agree a deal with the Pelicans at the February trade deadline when the Boston Celtics couldn’t enter negotiations because of the ‘Rose Rule’.

That will change this summer, with a number of teams likely to try their hand at acquiring one of the best talents in the NBA.

Still, a number of reports expect the Lakers and Celtics to go head-to-head to acquire Davis via trade.

Boston’s hopes will depend on whether they can re-sign Kyrie Irving in free agency.

The Lakers meanwhile will be hoping their lottery pick lands high in the draft to make their offer a more attractive option.

But, much like the Toronto Raptors with Kawhi Leonard last summer, there could yet be more twists and turns in Davis’ future.

And Begley suggests New York, who are desperate to make a big splash this summer to bring in superstars, could potentially end up with Davis, Kevin Durant and one other max free agent.

“If Ewing and the Knicks land it — New York, Phoenix and Cleveland each have 14 percent odds — it opens up a world of possibilities,” he wrote.

“The club can keep the pick and add presumptive No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson to its roster.

“Or it could use the pick as a package in a trade for a veteran superstar like the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis.

He added: “If the Knicks land Durant and another max free agent, they will be looking to add other veterans via free agency and trades.

“Obviously, they will keep a close eye on the Anthony Davis situation. There are potential Knicks-Pelicans deals that work financially.

“If the Knicks luck out and land Williamson in the draft, a package centered around him and other first-round picks or young Knicks — such as Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson or Allonzo Trier — might be enticing to the Pelicans.

“Even if the Knicks don’t trade their first-round draft pick — and there is no consensus that the organisation would definitely trade its 2019 No. 1 pick in a package for Davis, sources said — the Knicks would need to find a way to surround any incoming stars with other veterans.”


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