Anthony Davis forced his way to the Los Angeles Lakers, so expecting him to take his talents elsewhere is optimistic. However, crazier things have happened, as we have seen in current times. The New York Knicks, who have brought in Leon Rose to lead their franchise could change the course of history with a big free-agent signing.
The narrative over the past few seasons has been negative for the Knicks. Free agents aren’t keen on signing with them, based on the poor performance and seemingly bad luck that comes with wearing the orange and blue. Anthony has formed a fantastic duo with LeBron James, and at 28 years old, he could stay there for quite some time.
Can the New York Knicks do the impossible?
Persuading Davis to leave LA and come to New York will be a monumental task, but Rose has the connections to get under his skin and potentially sway his mind.
The Knicks landing a player of his magnitude would be franchise shifting. Currently, they are relying on a majority of youth to carry them out of the dark ages. Players like RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson have been asked to produce when no others would. Trading Marcus Morris was a last-ditch effort to acquire some sort of draft capital heading into 2021. However, the team still has Julius Randle, who has left his mark more-so in the refusal to pass the ball category than anything else.
Anthony, was only averaged less than 20 points once in his career, during his rookie season in 2012, would bring astounding offensive production to Madison Square Garden. This season with LA, he posted 26.7 points per game, 2.4 blocks, 1.5 steals, 3.1 assists, and a .511 field goal percentage.
That kind of production is hard to come by, and Rose would do anything to lure Davis to the Mecca of basketball. It is important to note that Rose is a former CAA super-agent in the NBA, with connections across the league. If there’s anyone that can convince a mega-star to become the face of one of the biggest franchises in all of sports, it is Rose. A master negotiator and understanding of talent, he’s worked closely with some of the best athletes in the game.
However, his job title has changed and his responsibilities are vastly different. But one thing remains the same, convincing players to sign contracts and promising them nothing but the best is a feverish trend that carries over from his agent days.