Report: Pelicans not high on Knicks forward Kevin Knox

Dan Feldman
NBC Sports

The Knicks clearly want to trade for Anthony Davis.

They won’t have the No. 1 pick to send New Orleans. But they still have Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Dennis Smith Jr., Frank Ntilikina, Allonzo Trier, the No. 3 pick, all their own future first-round picks and an extra first-rounder or two from the Mavericks.

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But…

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

the Pelicans are not high on Kevin Knox, according to a source

Me neither. Knox posted a box plus-minus of -6.0 this season. Only Michael Michael Olowokandi (-6.2 in 1999-00) has ever posted a worse box plus-minus while playing 2,000 minutes. Knox is just 19, and he has some raw skills. But he’s so far from understanding how to positively affect NBA games.

Even without including Knox, New York can still make the Pelicans a suitable offer for Davis. Mitchell Robinson is an intriguing prospect, and the Knicks have plenty of first-rounders.

But New York’s path to acquiring Davis is definitely narrower if New Orleans doesn’t value Knox.

Considering the Pelicans reportedly won’t trade Davis to the Lakers, this is even more reason to believe Davis winds up in Boston. But that’s predicated on the Celtics actually offering their better assets.

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