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Report: Rich Paul 'Likes the Idea' of Anthony Davis to Knicks If Lakers Implode

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2019

Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball players, Anthony Davis is introduced at a news conference at the UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo, Calif., Saturday, July 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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Anthony Davis' agent, Rich Paul, is reportedly keeping the New York Knicks in mind for his client as a potential future destination.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, "The 2020 free-agent pool is short on stars, but [the Knicks] could be one of the favorites for big fish Anthony Davis if the Los Angeles Lakers implode. Rich Paul, Davis' agent, likes the idea of his client in New York, according to a source."

After the past summer, however, Knicks fans are probably disinclined to get their hopes up. 

The Knicks, flush with cap space, were expected to be major players in free agency, with plenty of talk last season that Kevin Durant would sign with the team and perhaps bring another star like Kyrie Irving with him. The possibility of a superstar pairing, combined with the chance of winning the draft lottery to select Zion Williamson, had Knicks fans full of hope.

But things didn't go their way. The New Orleans Pelicans won the lottery, and the Knicks dropped to No. 3, selecting RJ Barrett. Durant and Irving chose the Brooklyn Nets, while other potential targets like Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, Al Horford, Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton and Nikola Vucevic ended up elsewhere.

The Knicks, instead, signed a glut of big men, led by Julius Randle. It was a disappointing summer, and while New York has a promising combination of young players and solid veterans and should be improved from a season ago, the Knicks lack the star power their fanbase so desperately craved.

It's hard to imagine that will change next summer, when the crop of free agents is expected to be uninspiring. The odds of Davis leaving the Lakers after just one season seem low given how he and Paul publicly forced a move out of New Orleans.

But the possibility of leaving for a major market like New York is a nice bit of leverage for Davis and keeps the Lakers on notice—put a contender around him and LeBron James or risk losing him. It likely won't come to that—the Lakers look primed to be one of the better teams in the NBA this season—but it's a threat they will take seriously nonetheless.