Pelicans star Davis would consider re-signing with Knicks

Pelicans star Anthony Davis requested a trade in January and is eligible for free agency in 2020.

If the New York Knicks can somehow land Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans star big man will be open to re-signing with the Knicks at the end of the season, according to Ian Begley of SNY.tv.

As Begley pointed out, the Knicks could trade for Davis and still have enough room for two maximum-level free agents. (Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, anyone?)

“There are different ways to get to $21.6 million, but the easiest way to get there is to include their 2019 first-round pick,” Begley wrote.

He later added, “There are scenarios where the Knicks can trade Davis without giving up its 2019 first-round pick. One scenario? They could sign one max free agent and still trade for Davis without giving up the 2019 top pick. It seems like a safe bet that they’d have to give up future first-round picks to make a deal work.”

Davis requested a trade in January, and reports suggested his preferred destinations included the Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers. He is set to enter free agency at the end of next season.

Along with the Lakers and Knicks, the Boston Celtics are expected to make a major run at Davis this summer.

New Pelicans vice president of basketball operations David Griffin is expected to meet with Davis within the next several weeks. It has been reported that Davis does not intend to back off his trade request regardless.