A coast-to-coast arms race for AD is brewing.
The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks are preparing to make offers for Anthony Davis, per @ChrisBHaynes— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) January 28, 2019
The LA front office met Monday to discuss the franchise's future plans regarding Davis after news broke he's not planning to sign an extension with the Pelicans.
With their original target of landing a top-tier free agent this coming summer looking more and more complicated, it may be time for New Orleans to strike a deal now while they're in the driver's seat. Especially with Boston being hurt by the "Rose Rule."
Anthony Davis requesting a trade, as @wojespn has reported, gives teams other than Boston a chance to get involved before the trade deadline while Boston can’t because it already traded for Kyrie Irving while on a Rose rule deal. Celtics arguably can offer the best deal for him.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 28, 2019
LA has been rumored to have a trade package involving Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Ivica Zubac and a first-round pick. Brandon Ingram is also in the mix in place of Kuzma, which would be beneficial for the Lakers.
The Knicks also have valuable trade chips, including Kristaps Porzingis, rookie Kevin Knox and a lottery pick in next year's draft.
If New York can land Davis, it could go a long way in luring Golden State Warriors free agent to-be Kevin Durant to join them, while still having a chance to sign Kyrie Irving or Kemba Walker. The Big Apple has been itching for a true title contender since the days of Patrick Ewing.