According to SNY, Anthony Davis would consider re-signing with the Knicks if he felt he could be successful. As great as Davis is, however, do the Knicks really want to risk losing out on KD and Kyrie Irving, who are reported to be a package deal?
The obvious answer is no but, fortunately, there is a way New York can sign Anthony Davis and sign two max-level free agents. The Knicks would first sign their two max free agents in early July, using nearly all of their $70-plus million in cap space. They would then have to send out about $21.6 million in a trade for Davis, who is making $27 million in 2019.
Here is the full breakdown, via SNY:
There are different ways to get to $21.6 million, but the easiest way to get there is to include their 2019 first-round pick.
A package of the No. 3 pick, Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr. and Kevin Knox would work under the NBA’s trade stipulations.
If the Knicks include their 2019 first-round pick in the deal, they would have to wait 30 days until after the date that the rookie signed the contract to complete the deal, per NBA rules.
You can expect the Pelicans to ask for 21-year-old center Mitchell Robinson and additional draft picks in any Davis talks. Including this year’s pick, the Knicks have seven first-round picks in the next five years.
Anthony Davis, Kyrie, and Durant would form a deadly duo for the Knicks, and would likely make them instant title favorite. The plan is there for the Knicks, all they have to do is not mess it up. But for a team that has struggled to make wise choices, that is going to be quite the task.