Anthony Davis is still hoping to find a new NBA home this summer.
Ever since Davis demanded a trade from the Pelicans, he’s been relentless on his desire to be on a new team ASAP. Initially, it looked like the Lakers were in the best spot to land him, but they were unable to make a deal before the trade deadline this past season.
Davis is now focused on the Lakers and Knicks as the two desired long-term destinations, league sources told The Athletic.
That hasn’t prevented teams like the Celtics and Clippers from making a run at getting Davis, but with his desire to sign a long-term extension with the Lakers or Knicks, it’s getting hard to see him not eventually landing with one of those teams. Davis is scheduled to become a free agent in 2020.
My guess is Davis will eventually be a Laker, though it may not happen until he his free agency next summer. Someone like the Celtics may trade for him in hopes of winning the NBA Finals next season, but he seems pretty set on landing in Los Angeles or the Big Apple.
The Knicks may have the ammo to trade for Davis, but they’d just about have to gut their roster in addition to trading away the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, which is all but assured to be RJ Barrett.
As long as the Lakers have LeBron James, they make the most sense for Davis in terms of finding a new home that allows him to make a serious push for an NBA title.