Now that we know that the New York Knicks won’t be getting Zion Williamson, the focus shifts back to Anthony Davis.
For the Knicks brass, the must revisit the question of whether they have enough to outbid the Celtics for Davis’ services.
ESPN’s Bobby Marks said it would cost the Knicks RJ Barrett (3rd pick overall), Kevin Knox, Dennis Smith Jr., Frank Ntilikina, Damyean Dotson and a 2021 unprotected first-rounder from Dallas. Is that enough to beat out a Celtics deal that could possibly include both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown?
As pointed out by MASS Live, the Celtics could offer Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, and Robert Williams for Davis
On paper, that seems like a lot, like “Carmelo Anthony trade” a lot. The difference is the Knicks have cap flexibility this time around. As pointed out by Marks, the Knicks could end up with Davis, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving. Then the question would shift to “can the Knicks put enough around the trio”? That’s a better problem to have than the “don’t have enough talent” problem they currently have.
If the Knicks do not land Davis, Irving, or Durant than where does New York go? Is drafting RJ Barrett, signing Kemba Walker and another free agent, enough to justify the Kristaps Porzingis trade?
For now, New York is dreaming about the threesome of Davis, Irving, and Durant dawning Knicks’ jerseys on opening night. But as the once proud organization has found out, dreams don’t always come true.