Anthony Davis is a Laker now. But it didn't have to be that way.
Leading up to his trade from the Pelicans, it was Davis who had all the leverage. With just this season remaining on his contract, any team that Davis would not have been willing to re-sign with would have only had him for a single season.
Essentially, the Brow got to decide his final destination and made a list of teams he would consider signing with long-term. In rather surprising news, he revealed the Knicks as one of the teams on that list.
"Every team was on my list at the time, and then I kind of cut it down, and they were one of the ones that made the final cut," Davis said during an appearance on WFAN's Boomer and Gio show. "I talked to some guys over there who were still there, and I feel like playing for an organization like that, especially New York, it'd be something that I was always interested in. You see (Carmelo Anthony) was there and the history that the Knicks have and a historical franchise it is, I thought it was something I could definitely be a part of," said Davis."
Despite their dysfunction, the Knickerbockers are considered one of the most valuable franchises in the NBA. Being in New York City, and Madison Square Garden, the Knicks are still a team that players think about going to, even if their history of losing and bad decision making turns them away in the end.
In this case, it was the Knicks themselves who decided against trading for Davis. Apparently, they felt like it would have undercut their long-term plan.
We'll see how that works out for them.