ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst named a surprise contender for an Anthony Davis trade during an appearance on Get Up! this morning.
The surprise contender: the New York Knicks.
Windhorst believes that if the Knicks are willing to offer up their unprotected 2019 first-round pick (which could be the No. 1 overall selection), New York could have what it takes to get a deal done.
"If they'd be willing to make their number one pick, unprotected this year, available... I think the Knicks are in the game," he said.
Davis' agent, Rich Paul, told ESPN this morning that his client has requested a trade out of New Orleans.
"Anthony wants to be traded to a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship," Paul told ESPN. "Anthony wanted to be honest and clear with his intentions and that's the reason for informing them of this decision now. That's in the best interests of both Anthony's and the organization's future."
The Lakers are the favorite to trade for Davis, with the Celtics unable to make a move until this summer, due to an NBA rule that prevents teams from having two players on designated rookie exception contracts (Davis and Kyrie Irving are both on them).