The man controlling Anthony Davis’ future is giving the Knicks a chance.
While the Davis sweepstakes continue, with the Pelicans starting to listen to trade offers again, his agent, Rich Paul, said the Knicks would be nearly as attractive a landing spot for Davis as the Lakers.
“The only difference is, they don’t have as many championships as the Lakers,” Paul told Sports Illustrated in an extensive profile. “They got a tradition. It’s a big market—not that it’s only big markets. They have cap space, flexibility, they’re able to absorb more than one star. What’s wrong with that?”
The Pelicans might find fault with that. A source told The Post’s Marc Berman they would want a third team in a potential deal because they don’t find the Knicks’ young assets attractive enough for a straight-up swap.
As for Paul’s side of the issue, the Lakers have 16 titles to the Knicks’ two, but both storied franchises seem to be at the top of Davis’ list for preferred destinations. With the Lakers, Davis could immediately team up with LeBron James — also Paul’s client — while the Knicks are not guaranteed to land a star free agent to pair with him, especially after Kevin Durant’s devastating injury. Though, the Knicks still plan on pursuing Durant.
While Paul said Davis won’t sign an extension anywhere this summer, entering the final year of his contract, he made it clear that one place the All-Star is not interested in being long-term is Boston after his contract expires in 2020.
“They can trade for him, but it’ll be for one year,” Paul said. “I mean: If the Celtics traded for Anthony Davis, we would go there and we would abide by our contractual [obligations] and we would go into free agency in 2020. I’ve stated that to them. But in the event that he decides to walk away and you give away assets? Don’t blame Rich Paul.”
Whichever team trades for Davis this year will be able to offer him more money in a new contract than anyone else — not that he sounds like he’s in any rush to lock up his future.
“Where he’s going to land? I have no idea,” Paul said. “And it don’t matter. We’re going into free agency. Why does it matter to me where he goes? Earth: We’re going into free agency. He has a year, he has to play. But after that, I can’t say it no bigger: WE ARE GOING INTO FREE AGENCY. 2020: ANTHONY DAVIS WILL BE IN FREE AGENCY.”