The NBA Draft Lottery took place on Tuesday night, and as you probably know, the New Orleans Pelicans were awarded the No. 1 overall pick. It’s assumed they’ll take former Duke star Zion Williamson.
While Williamson is projected to be a stud, the news does not seem to have swayed current Pelicans star Anthony Davis, who reportedly still wants to be traded. Davis still has one year left on his deal with the team.
There’s one trade possibility that a number of analysts are talking about, and it involves the New York Knicks.
The trade? Anthony Davis heads to New York for the No. 3 pick (presumably R.J. Barrett), Kevin Knox and some combination of future draft picks. It’d be a lot for the Knicks to give up, but they’d be getting a top 10 player in his prime.
The Pelicans, if they really feel they can’t convince Davis to stick around, would at least get some players with huge potential. They’d also be pairing Williamson and Barrett again.
Seems pretty plausible that the #Knicks strongly pursue a trade for Anthony Davis now, which will likely include the #3 overall pick, putting Duke teammates R.J. Barrett & Zion Williamson back together for their next phase.
— Spotrac (@spotrac) May 15, 2019
If Anthony Davis trade request stands, wonder if the Pelicans would have interest in re-pairing Barrett with Zion. Knicks could offer Barrett + multiple first-rounders + more young talent.
— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) May 15, 2019
Here's something else to consider…
If the Knicks are still open to trading for Anthony Davis, the Pelicans could trade AD to New York for the No. 3 pick.
That way the Pels could select Duke's RJ Barrett, the swingman they've been searching for. What a night.
— Andrew Doak (@AndrewDoak_WWL) May 15, 2019
It’s assumed that in this scenario, Ja Morant winds up being the No. 2 pick.
New Orleans has options now, but it’s still in the team’s best interest to try to find a way to keep Davis. The combination of the two stars could be lethal.
As for the Knicks – if they could somehow trade for Davis, sign Kevin Durant and sign Kyrie Irving, they’d go from the worst team in the NBA to one of the best.