NBA news: Anthony Davis focused on Knicks, Lakers as long-term destinations
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Anthony Davis focused on Knicks, Lakers as long-term destinations

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Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that Anthony Davis has narrowed down his “two desired long-term destinations” to the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks.

“Davis is now focused on the Lakers and Knicks as the two desired long-term destinations, league sources told The Athletic. Davis has not given Griffin or the Pelicans a new formal list. He will be a free agent in 2020.”

Back in February, Davis submitted a list of the teams that he’s willing to be traded to, and it consisted the Knicks, Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks.

Davis’ agent Rich Paul and Pelicans Executive Vice President David Griffin met in LA last May 29 to discuss the All-Star forward’s future with the team. However, AD made it clear that he still wants to be traded.

Both the Knicks and the Lakers can assemble a trade package that will hopefully be enough for them to acquire KD.

The Knicks have the third-overall pick in this year’s draft, and they are reportedly willing to part ways with it along with some of the young guys on the roster in exchange for Davis.

On the other hand, the Lakers have the fourth overall pick. They also have a bunch of talented young prospects that they have been willing to give away to the Pelicans ever since both sides tried to seal a deal for Davis before the trade deadline.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry reportedly loves the Lakers’ young core of Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, and he would have no problems teaming them up with potential first-overall pick Zion Williamson.

The Knicks might be at a disadvantage at first glance, but they have enough cap space to sign two players to max contracts. They could go for either Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving this summer, which could be alluring for Davis as he would be able to team up with another superstar.

It’s now a matter of wait-and-see, but it sure looks like Anthony Davis’ days as a Pelican are numbered.