1. Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis once seemed realistic for the New York Knicks to target via trade, but the Los Angeles Lakers stepped in and gave up a haul, including first-round picks that stretch into the mid-2020s.
There is only one year left on Davis’ contract, however, and with superstars frequently changing addresses, even if, like Paul George, they voluntarily stay in a destination and want out soon after. That possibility should give the Knicks an ounce of hope.
Davis is the star to chase in free agency, as the Knicks can open enough money to give him the full maximum contract. The situation can break down with LeBron James and others in Los Angeles and force a change sooner than expected.
While that is a longshot, New York is still another big market for Davis to consider, which allows him to expand his brand. They have young pieces in place that could take a step forward, as well, and if that appeals to him enough, maybe a change happens.
However, it is difficult to top playing with James, even if he nears the end of his career. Plus, the Lakers will be Davis’ team down the line, if he decides to stay.
Still, there is 2020 NBA free agency to play out, and anything can happen. The Lakers have a one-year audition for Davis, so let’s see what happens by next spring.