The New York Knicks are, by all accounts, the worst team in the NBA. As they find themselves drowning in yet another wasted season, we can’t help but look back and wonder what opportunities they missed.
Namely this past summer, when they not only failed to sign a number of lucrative free agents but also failed to make a trade for Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis, who they likely could have acquired for the right collection of assets.
On ESPN, Brian Windhorst went into more detail on the failed Davis trade in particular, and why the Knicks elected not to get serious about adding him.
Despite the NBA’s worst record at 17-65, the Knicks got the No. 3 pick in the draft lottery rather than the payoff they were hoping for — No. 1 pick Zion Williamson, a great prospect to keep or a potential key asset to trade for New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis.
Unlike other major stars recently, Davis had expressed interest in playing for the Knicks. But Mills and Perry told people they were turned off by the Pelicans’ high asking price of multiple first-round picks plus multiple young players, even though the Knicks had that type of package thanks to their Porzingis trade. They said it would have undercut their long-range plan of building through the draft and developing picks into stars.
Essentially, New York wants to play the long game. They weren’t willing to give up young players and future picks in a trade, even if it meant getting a guy like AD in return.
Obviously, opinions on that “plan” are mixed and it seems not everyone has convinced its the right move. The chance to trade for a player like Davis rarely comes around, and having him on the roster would have drastically changed things for them.
But, we’ll see how thinsg turn out in a few years, and if their “plan” pays off.