Anthony Davis On WFAN: Knicks Were Indeed On My Trade List


Anthony Davis confirmed that the Knicks were on his short list of preferred destinations when he was seeking a trade out of New Orleans earlier this year. 

Of course, the six-time All-Star big man was later dealt to the Lakers, who own the NBA's best record at 24-4.

But talking to WFAN's "Boomer and Gio" show on Wednesday, Davis said he sincerely considered the Knicks.

"Every team was on my list at the time, and then I kind of cut it down, and they were one of the ones that made the final cut," Davis said.

What attracted him to the Knicks? 

"I talked to some guys over there who were still there, and I feel like playing for an organization like that, especially New York, it'd be something that I was always interested in," he said. "You see 'Melo was there and the history that the Knicks have and a historical franchise it is, I thought it was something I could definitely be a part of."

Lakers forward Anthony Davis is guarded by the Miami Heat on Dec. 13, 2019, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Images

Davis' interest might be of little consolation to long-suffering Knicks fans, but it's also an indication that a superstar free agent might someday sign with the team. Davis could be a free agent in the summer of 2020 if he opts out of the final year of his contract.

Last season, Davis demanded a trade from the Pelicans. He said he wasn't surprised by the backlash he received. 

"I really didn't care, to be honest," he said. "Everybody's entitled to their opinion, but I feel like I did what's best for me. I feel like I handled it the right way and went about it the right way. And a lot of people obviously were upset just because they're fans of the game and they're fans of that team, and anytime anyone says they don't want to be there, obviously it's going to cause some animosity between the two. And I expected it. I still went out there and tried to, the games that I did play, go out there and leave it on the line, and when I didn't, tried to support my teammates and help them any way possible."

To listen to the interview, click on the audio player above.