Remember these heady days when the Knicks dreamed of that includes Anthony Davis alongside Kevin Durant, and perhaps Kyrie Irving too?
It appeared like simply yesterday that the Knicks have been in place to land Durant and Irving in free company, whereas additionally buying and selling “assets” for Davis. If the Knicks had landed the No. 1 choose within the NBA Draft, they might have doubtlessly packaged the choose — in any other case generally known as Zion Williamson — together with youthful gamers like Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson and future draft picks for Davis.
Then they might have made an excellent greater splash by introducing Durant and Irving at a large press convention this summer time.
Now that each one appears about as seemingly Cercei Lannister agreeing to share management of the Seven Kingdoms with the Dragon Queen.
The Pelicans dealt Davis in a blockbuster commerce to the Lakers on Saturday, as first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Zion will now play alongside Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart on a new-look Pelicans squad free of distractions fueled by Davis’ future.
The horny, game-changing choices are dwindling.
Davis is gone, gone to play with LeBron James and the Lakers as they try and win now in a Western Conference no less than quickly devoid of Durant (Achilles) and Klay Thompson (ACL).
What Durant will do is anybody’s guess, however no matter uniform he is sporting, he could sit the complete 2019-20 season as he recovers from Achilles’ surgical procedure. Amid stories that Durant and Thompson have “unfinished business” in Golden State, the Knicks could find yourself eyeing Durant wistuflly from afar.
As for Irving, with the New Jersey native switching brokers and signing with Roc Nation, all of the momentum appears to be with the rival Nets.
And would not that be one thing if the Nets come out of this summer time with the sexier group than the Knicks?
Meantime, different prime free brokers may additionally be past the Knicks’ grasp.
Kawhi Leonard is anticipated to have a gathering with the Knicks, by way of the New York Post, however the typical knowledge factors to the Los Angeles native signing with the L.A. Clippers.
The King of the North may quickly be the Prince of L.A.
Kemba Walker, a New York City product, has now been linked to the Lakers by Marc Stein of the New York Times after saying that staying in Charlotte was his “top priority.”
So who does that depart for the Knicks?
Well, they nonetheless have room for 2 max free brokers, but when they strike out on Durant, Leonard, Irving and Walker — in addition to Davis — how will that Kristaps Porzingis commerce look within the rearview mirror?
The Knicks nonetheless have the No. three choose and are anticipated to take Duke wing R.J. Barrett, who has solely met with the Knicks.
That would imply one other yr or extra of rebuilding with a Barrett/Knox/Robinson/Dennis Smith core whereas the Lakers and different groups take one other step in the direction of a championship.
Feel cursed, Knicks followers?
You’re proper to really feel that approach. It’s not the primary time.