When the NBA trading deadline came and went in February, the Lakers seemed to have missed the opportunity to shop for Anthony Davis. The Celtics would outbid them by including Jayson Tatum, and Knicks would dangle the overall pick No. 1 on draft evening – at least that was what many believed then. Four months later, the Lakers seem to be the favorites to land the 26-year-old All-Star.
Despite the fact that Danny Ainge may have promised the pelicans earlier in the season, Celtics is unlikely to include Jayson Tatum in a deal package for Davis because of Kyrie Irving's uncertain future with the team. Meanwhile, Knicks has been struggling to stay competitive against the Lakers, who have attracted a multi-team deal, according to Ian Begley of SNY TV:
On Tuesday, ESPN reported that the Lakers are "clubhouse leader" for a potential Davis -trade. A league source said Tuesday that Los Angeles had made progress towards completing a multilateral agreement.
Knicks had a recent dialogue with at least one team in an effort to put together a multi-team deal for Davis, per source, but it seems they have been reluctant to offer what Pelicanan's chief executive for basketball operations David Griffin wants in a Davis store.
It's not so shocking, because this is not the first thing we've heard of lack of enthusiasm about Knicks '"assets":
But back to Begley's report on the Lakers' "progress" towards an agreement, while the third The team is a mystery, the Lakers have been talking to the Chicago Bulls and the Phoenix Suns over the Lonzo Ball in the past. Given that both teams have top 1
Knicks have young players they can offer Pelicans on top of their treasure chest pull out, but they are, in my opinion, reluctant to include too much:
On the Davis front, some Knicks decision makers have been convinced not to give up one mass of significant assets – young players or drafts – in a Davis trade, per SNY source. Some in the organization are cautious about giving up on many young assets or picking for Davis, referring to how things played out for New York in the wake of Carmelo Anthony's trade, by sources.
The Lakers would work in the same way, especially since it seems they are bidding against themselves right now, but since Knick's assets are not as valuable as LA, they would need to include more. For a team that is still a few years away from threatening even with Davis, it may be too big of a New York gig.
While a dark horse team could float late in the race, it is becoming more likely that Davis is a Laker on draft night. subscribe to Silver Screen and Roll the podcast feed on iTunes Spotify Stitcher or Google Podcasts . You can follow Christian on Twitter at @RadRivas .