Davis had the opportunity to sign with the Lakers right now, but he has declined to do so (which financially is the smart move, he makes more money waiting). Davis can see how things play out with the Lakers this season. If things don’t work, he could be a free agent next summer.
Of course, one of the teams that has always been rumored for Davis was the New York Knicks. They were able to score him in the trade market this season, but that doesn’t mean they don’t still have their eyes on the All-Star big man.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks would still like to get their hands on Davis. His report says the feeling is mutual
Via NY Post:
The 2020 free-agent pool is short on stars, but they could be one of the favorites for big fish Anthony Davis if the Lakers implode. Rich Paul, Davis’ agent, likes the idea of his client in New York, according to a source.
League sources denied that is case to NBC Sports. Davis re-signing in Los Angeles remains the most likely outcome.
This could just be positioning by Paul to pressure the Lakers to continue to get better. Los Angeles doesn’t have a very strong roster outside of its two best players, and real title contention seems a bit lofty despite some expectations that are floating around out there.
But this is the age of player movement, and at this point Davis decamping Los Angeles after a year for New York would not surprise me in the least.