Knicks Notes: Davis, Durant, Coaching Staff, Free Agency

Anthony Davis listed the Knicks as one of his preferred locations, but they “weren’t close” to landing the Pelicans star, a source tells Marc Berman of The New York Post. The front office in New Orleans wasn’t impressed with the assets that New York could offer, and a third team would have been needed to make a deal work.

The Knicks were willing to part with the No. 3 selection in this year’s draft, plus at least one of the two first-round picks they received from the Mavericks in the Kristaps Porzingis trade, Berman adds. However, the Pelicans don’t view any of New York’s young talent as having the potential to become top-15 players, and the Knicks wouldn’t have been willing to give up as much talent as the Lakers, who parted with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-rounders.

Berman speculates that rumors about the Knicks being a possible landing spot for Davis were being leaked by the Pelicans to drive up the asking price from L.A.

There’s more today from New York:

  • Even though Kevin Durant will miss all of next season with a ruptured Achilles, he’s still the best option for the Knicks in free agency, writes Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic. Vorkunov cites a study from ESPN’s Kevin Pelton showing that players who come back from that injury have been about 6.5% less effective over the past decade. Durant at that level would still be an elite talent. “I think it’s a no-brainer,” an unidentified executive told Vorkunov. “It’d be one thing if he wasn’t skilled like he is. He’s one of the most skilled guys in the NBA.”
  • Mike Miller of the Knicks’ G League affiliate in Westchester is a candidate for a spot on David Fizdale’s staff next season, Vorkunov adds. The Knicks lost Howard Eisley, who left to join Juwan Howard at Michigan, then head video coordinator and player development coach Ross McMains left the team this week. Miller was named G League Coach of the Year in 2017/18.
  • The Knicks don’t appear to be definite front-runners for anyone on the free agent market, observes Steve Popper of Newsday. He notes that the front office has been trying to manage expectations since opening up cap room for two max offers, adding that the organization might be better off using that space to facilitate trades and acquire assets rather than making one or two splashy moves.
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18 thoughts on “Knicks Notes: Davis, Durant, Coaching Staff, Free Agency

  1. Guest617

    next year knicks and draymond green makes sense, draft bol bol it’ll be time to rock n roll

  2. king beas

    Sign Kd draft rj at 3 save the money tank next year then next offseason tamper with Giannis so he doesn’t sign an extension sign him the following offseason. Pg Cole Anthony sg Barrett sf Giannis pf Kd c Robinson. Still have smith jr and Knox off the bench

    • padam

      Agreed. Another year of taking our medicine would cement the longer term outcome.

    • Right.
      Take other crabbes, expiring albatross with picks (Rhyno, t.johnson, mozgov, biyombo, Marvin Williams, ecc)
      Let youngs plays while KD is out, next year there Will be space + a lot of assets (youngs + picks)

  3. kenleyfornia2

    Knicks are real team missing out on players the way people spin the Lakers to be.

  4. Knicks didn’t miss out on any players or anything else, yet, except an opportunity to make a stupid deal. The Lakers did OK for themselves, but the Knicks weren’t in a position to give away that kind of future draft capital for AD and they appeared to have accepted that early on. As for FA, we’ll see.

  5. Dodgethis

    Knicks don’t have a LeBron type player to pair with Davis, so it doesn’t make sense for them to trade for Davis. Davis alone can’t win and you would have to gut the whole team. That said, Lakers could of waited a year. I get anything can happen but it should be obvious to everyone LeBron and Davis have been plotting this team up for some time. 1 more year doesn’t really change much, except LeBron no spring chicken. Either way, a lot to give up for 1 year.

  6. specialfriedrice

    this article should read

    Knicks Notes: Zero chance at adding a big name free agent, gutted roster in Porzingis trade left the Knicks with no way to trade for AD…

    • Thuggababyy

      Cuz Trey Burke , Courtney Lee, THJ, Porzingis and #3 would get AD ?? Highly doubt that

  7. Luckylefty2

    I guarantee ! Mitchell Robinson will be a better player than all those young guys the pelicans acquired. The kid is capela, with ADs blocking ability and has potential to add a jumper. He will be special one day.

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