According to Caesars, the Los Angeles Lakers are enormous favorites at -500 to land Anthony Davis through trade with the New Orleans Pelicans. The Knicks have the second-highest odds at +375.
While the Lakers have considerable trade assets, it’s not the main reason why they are such heavy favorites.
The odds released by Caesars is the latest example of how one game could change the immediate landscape of the NBA. With Kevin Durant having possibly ruptured his right Achilles tendon, the Knicks’ approach to the off-season has quickly become complicated.
The Knicks’ free agency plan was always rumored to revolve around signing Kevin Durant, along with another complimentary star who could help the Knicks compete for a championship as soon as next season. With Durant’s potentially career-altering injury hanging over the league, the Knicks are now contemplating if a Davis trade is in the best interest of the organization.
According to Ian Begley of SNY, the Knicks are not comfortable giving up significant assets in a trade for Davis, citing the Carmelo Anthony trade — a trade in which they gave up promising young players and found themselves hamstrung by Melo’s salary — as an example why doing so could be problematic.
In other words, the Knicks feel like they have a culmination of assets that could net them a player of Davis’ stature. They’re just not sure if it’s a move they should make.