New York Knicks guard Jimmer Fredette drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers guard Brian Roberts during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks guard Jimmer Fredette drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers guard Brian Roberts during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Former Knicks guard Jimmer Fredette is back in the NBA.

Fredette signed a two-year deal with the Phoenix Suns, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

The 30-year-old Fredette last played in the NBA in the 2015-16 season, appearing in two games with the Knicks and spending most of that season with their G League affiliate in Westchester.

Since, he has spent three years with the Shanghai Sharks in China, once scoring 73 points in a double-overtime game. In 45 games this season, Fredette has averaged 36 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists.

A former first-round pick, Fredette was drafted 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2011 after averaging 28.9 points per game as a senior with BYU, but debuted with the Sacramento Kings, scoring 7.6 points per game in 61 games as a rookie.

In his five-year NBA career, Fredette has averaged 6.8 points in 235 games with four teams: the Kings, Pelicans, Bulls and Knicks.

When Fredette played with G League Westchester, he averaged 21.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 40 games.

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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) races after a basket during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports (Amber Searls)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) races after a basket during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports (Amber Searls)

The New York Knicks have the third overall pick in this year's NBA Draft, which is set to be a major piece of their rebuild plans this summer. Whether that's through drafting R.J. Barrett or trading the pick is still in the air, but the impending free agency and Anthony Davis situation are poised to have an impact on the front office's decision.

Whichever direction the Knicks go in, if there's an incoming rookie in the fold he'll have to be ready to slide into a role for what could be a Playoffs team. Here are the most NBA-ready prospects the Knicks can target in this year's Draft:

R.J. Barrett, Duke

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Jan 28, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts by pounding on his chest after making a play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Jan 28, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts by pounding on his chest after making a play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Warriors star Kevin Durant can be a free agent after the season, and the idea that he could team up with fellow free agent Kyrie Irving on the Knicks this summer has picked up steam since the Kristaps Porzingis trade cleared two max slots for New York. Here are the latest rumors...

May 25, 6:57 PM:

It can't be Durant alone.

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New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher talks to New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis during the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher talks to New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis during the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Ex-Knicks coach Derek Fisher, who had a strong relationship with Kristaps Porzingis during their time together in New York, believes Porzingis will thrive with the Dallas Mavericks. 

"I think Kristaps has been able to move on. I think he's going to be happy in Dallas. He works for a passionate owner in Mark Cuban. Rick Carlisle is an amazing basketball coach. And they have kind of a culture there that's been established for a while… so I think Kris will be fine," Fisher, the current coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, said in an interview with Sports Illustrated.

"I think the Knicks, even though the wins aren't coming, they're starting to lay the foundation and the groundwork for becoming successful again. And that's what we were trying to do during my time there. It doesn't always work out. You can second-guess it after the fact. But in some situations it's best for parties to move and separate and I think for Kristaps and for the Knicks it probably was best."  

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Dec 23, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball up the court during the third quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Dec 23, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball up the court during the third quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

LeBron James apparently likes the idea of Kyrie Irving joining him in Los Angeles. 

James liked an Instagram post from CuffsTheLegend, one of James' friends, that showed Irving in a Lakers jersey. 

Irving will test free agency this summer after the Celtics lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Milwaukee Bucks. 

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This Knicks offseason can go in many different directions.

New York has more than $70 million in cap space and motivation to land star players. There is cautious optimism about landing Kevin Durant in free agency. For argument's sake, let's say the Knicks sign Durant, another max player like Kyrie Irving, and don't trade for a star player like Anthony Davis.

In that scenario, young players like Kevin Knox and RJ Barrett -- New York's presumptive pick at No. 3 -- would be vital parts of the club's future...

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May 6, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 6, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

The NBA free agency period will begin even earlier this summer. 

The league officially announced on Friday that it has reached an agreement with the NBA Players' Association to move the free agent negotiation period up six hours to 6 p.m. ET June 30 from the previous start time of 12:01 a.m. ET July 1. 

The change also means, by league rules, that teams will be allowed to communicate with free agents or their representatives beginning at 6 p.m. ET on June 29 solely to schedule meetings at or after 6 p.m. on June 30. 

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Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker reacts in the third quarter after a 3-pointer against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)
Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker reacts in the third quarter after a 3-pointer against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)

If the Knicks had any plans to make a run at Kemba Walker this offseason, the road just got bumpier.

On Thursday afternoon, the NBA announced its All-NBA teams, and the Charlotte guard earned third-team honors, along with Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Blake Griffin and Rudy Gobert.

Walker's All-NBA nod now means that Charlotte can offer him the super max, a five-year, $221 million dollar contract. If Walker elects to leave the Hornets in free agency, the largest contract he can sign with another team is a four-year, $141 million deal.

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Apr 3, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis practices before the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Apr 3, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis practices before the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

Reports of superstar forward Kristaps Porzingis giving the Knicks an ultimatum were confirmed by team president Steve Mills on Wednesday.

Mills and GM Scott Perry were on hand for a fan forum series on Wednesday afternoon, and Mills acknowledged that Porzingis gave the Knicks an ultimatum as he announced he wanted to be traded, confirming earlier reports in the days after the trade.

"When he walked into our office -- my office and Scott was sitting there with me -- and point blank said to us, 'I don't want to be here, I'm not going to re-sign with the Knicks, and I'll give you seven days to try and trade me or I'm going back to Europe,'" Mills explained...

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NBA draft prospect Ja Morant is an elite talent in the 2019 NBA Draft. Ja spoke with SNY's Ian Begley about how he wants to impact the NBA.

With the 2019 NBA Draft less than a month away, elite prospect Ja Morant isn't looking to follow in anyone else's footsteps.

Speaking to SNY Insider Ian Begley, Morant said that there aren't any players whose game he models his own after.

"There's a lot of players I watch, mainly point guards, and obviously there are different players that they compare me too, but I just try to be Ja and there's only one Ja," Morant said. "At the end of the day, I can't be the best somebody else because I'm me, so my focus is on just being the best Ja I can be."

During his final season at Murray State, Morant averaged 24.5 points and 10 assists per game.

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Mar 4, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dribbles the ball during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)
Mar 4, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dribbles the ball during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)

The Pelicans still hope to convince Anthony Davis to stay in New Orleans. "We feel confident that we can create the right, and are creating the right, environment for Anthony," Pelicans top executive David Griffin said Tuesday.

Those hopes aside, it's fair to assume at this point that Davis remains committed to leaving the franchise.

The Knicks, of course, will be among the many teams interested in trading for the big man this summer if he wants out of the Big Easy.

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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) drives to the basket as Michigan State Spartans forward Aaron Henry (11) defends in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) drives to the basket as Michigan State Spartans forward Aaron Henry (11) defends in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

RJ Barrett has some good company vouching for his character. 

Steve Nash, the 18-year-old guard's godfather, believes that Barrett has more than just the skills to succeed with the Knicks, but also the perfect personality to thrive under the spotlight in New York. 

"I think he'll be an exciting player for Knicks fans. He's able to handle that type of stuff (of being in New York) because he's been at Duke but he's also been one of the top, if not the No. 1 kid, since he's been 13, 14 years old. So he's able to handle it," Nash told Stefan Bondy of the Daily News on Tuesday. "And then to have Zion sort of eclipse him in the draft and in the public view this season, and then to watch the way he's handled it and the way he's been - he's never pointed a finger, he never made an excuse."

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Jan 12, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jan 12, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

It seems like any significant trade talks for Anthony Davis are on hold for now.

Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin plans to visit with Davis in Los Angeles in the coming weeks to talk to him about remaining with the franchise.

Speaking on a conference call to introduce new general manager Trajan Langdon on Tuesday, Griffin reiterated that he's optimistic Davis will want to stay in New Orleans.

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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks big man Mitchell Robinson has been named to the NBA's second All Rookie team.

Robinson's 2.4 blocks per game were the most for a rookie who played at least 35 games since Tim Duncan blocked 2.5 shots per game in 1997-98. He reached that per-game block number while playing 20.6 minutes per night.

The 21-year-old set franchise rookie records for total blocks (161) and blocks per game. He blocked at least two shots in 29 straight games - longest streak for a Knicks rookie and second longest in NBA history for a rookie behind Manute Bol's 45 straight games. Robinson is the 21st Knick to be named to an All-Rookie team.

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina has reportedly switched agents amid trade rumors, according to the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy.

Ntilikina, who has been included in rumors involving a potential Anthony Davis trade to a deal for another draft pick, signed with French agent Bouna Ndiaye after parting ways with his previous agents at CAA.

Ndiaye, according to Basket USA's Jonathan Demay, represents several other NBA players, including Nicholas Batum, Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier

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May 6, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 6, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Kevin Durant is growing tired of the narrative surrounding him.

The Warriors forward has been sidelined with a calf strain but Golden State has still managed to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers without him. 

Their success has reignited the theme that Durant rode the Warriors' coattails to two NBA Finals championships, despite being the MVP in both those Finals victories

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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) drives to the basket as Michigan State Spartans forward Aaron Henry (11) defends in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) drives to the basket as Michigan State Spartans forward Aaron Henry (11) defends in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

RJ Barrett's high school coach, Kevin Boyle, knows NBA talent well. He's coached Kyrie Irving, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, D'Angelo Russell and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at the high school level.

So when Boyle talks about one of his player's NBA potential, his words hold weight; he's not some high school coach blindly pumping up his alumni.

With that in mind, here's what Boyle thinks about Barrett, who played for him at Monteverde Academy in Florida.

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Jan 12, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles the ball during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jan 12, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles the ball during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Kevin Boyle coached Kyrie Irving at Saint Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J. He hasn't talked to Irving about his pending free agency but he believes he'll sign with the Knicks this summer.

"I think there's a good chance in my opinion that Kyrie ends up there," Boyle said in an interview with SNY.tv's Ian Begley, stressing that he was speaking as a fan and not as someone who had inside information on Irving's plans. "…. In my gut, I would think that would work best for him and I would think that (the Knicks) have a really strong chance of that happening. But I have not spoken directly to him and I don't know that to be a fact."

If Irving signs with the Knicks, Boyle -- who also coached RJ Barrett -- thinks Barrett can fit in well with the All Star point guard.

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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard drives for the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon during the fourth quarter in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Fiserv Forum. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard drives for the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon during the fourth quarter in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Fiserv Forum. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

With the NBA draft lottery in the rearview mirror for Knicks fans, there's little for the anxious masses to look forward to until the draft in late June. This period is sure to be filled with trade machine playing, cap number crunching and rumor mill surfing.

In the meantime, there's plenty for New York faithful to tune into in the playoffs. Besides the terrific basketball, many key players still battling it out in the conference finals could don the blue and orange come next season. Here are the impending free agents to watch as this postseason winds down.

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UCF's Tacko Fall blocks a Zion Williamson shot in the NCAA Tournament. (Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports)
UCF's Tacko Fall blocks a Zion Williamson shot in the NCAA Tournament. (Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports)

Tacko Fall, the 7-foot-7 UCF product who was introduced to most of the nation during the Knights' game against Duke in the NCAA Tournament, had a strong showing at the NBA Combine in Chicago. And he now might be of interest to the Knicks.

Fall had been scheduled to work out with the Knicks on Monday, but that workout has been rescheduled due to a travel issue, according to SNY's Ian Begley. The New York Post first reported that Fall is on the Knicks' "radar" as a possible second-round pick in the NBA Draft. The Knicks, who hold the No. 3 overall selection, own the No. 55 pick, the sixth-to-last pick in the draft.

Fall's 7-foot-7 measurement in shoes, 8-foot-2 1/4 wingspan and 10-foot-2 1/2 standing reach all set combine records. By all accounts, Fall performed well in combine scrimmages. And Fall wasn't originally invited to the combine, only earning an invite after impressing in the G League Elite Camp.

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks will reportedly explore the idea of trading former top-10 pick Frank Ntilikina for another draft pick, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

Ntilikina, the last first-round pick under the Phil Jackson regime, has averaged just 5.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 121 games since the Knicks drafted him eighth overall two years ago.

Over the past couple of weeks, he and several other Knicks players have been included in trade rumors amid the Knicks' potential interest in Pelicans star Anthony Davis.

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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) drives to the basket as Michigan State Spartans forward Aaron Henry (11) defends in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) drives to the basket as Michigan State Spartans forward Aaron Henry (11) defends in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

One former member of the Knicks' front office and coaching staff thinks the Knicks would be making a mistake if they didn't select RJ Barrett at No. 3 in the NBA Draft -- assuming he's on the board.

"They better pick him if he's there,'' Brendan Suhr, the Knicks' director of player personnel and assistant coach from 2004-07, told the New York Post. "RJ has potential to be as good a scoring guard as we've had come into the league in the last 10 years. He's very versatile, with a mentality to score. He's dominated every level, dominated at the FIBA [International Basketball Federation] level. And he's got great size. He's a winner, comes from great basketball and athletic family. You're getting a great kid. He's the strongest candidate for that pick.''

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Oct 19, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12) looks on against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors beat the Celtics 113-101. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Oct 19, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12) looks on against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors beat the Celtics 113-101. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

If the Knicks are unable to sign Kyrie Irving and need to move to a contingency plan, perhaps they should look at restricted free agent Terry Rozier

The 25-year-old point guard, who has emerged as a key figure on the Celtics over the last two seasons, has shown he is capable of being a starting point guard in the league when filling in for an injured Irving. 

While the Knicks have not yet been heavily linked to Rozier, he was still asked about envisioning playing in New York during an apperance on "Jalen and Jacoby" earlier this week. 

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant smiles during warm ups before game five of the first round of the 2019 NBA playoffs against the LA Clippers at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant smiles during warm ups before game five of the first round of the 2019 NBA playoffs against the LA Clippers at Oracle Arena. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

Perhaps winning the third pick in the NBA Draft could actually help the Knicks' chances of signing free agent Kevin Durant

A video produced by the sports network Overtime from at least a year ago recently resurfaced via the TheKnickofTime podcast that showed the Warriors forward watching tape of top high school prospects and singing praises for guard RJ Barrett, whom the Knicks are expected to take with the third pick in the draft on June 20. 

"Kid I've been hearing a lot about," Durant said. "I haven't gotten a chance to watch him as much. I know he's a lefty out of Canada, I think. He's another one of those 6-7 wings who probably do everything, that can guard one through four that can play a long time in the NBA, especially in the NBA today."

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Since the Knicks were given the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, only Patrick Ewing and Isiah Thomas have said something about missing out on the top selection and Zion Williamson

That is until team president Steve Mills spoke up at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago on Friday. 

Though he didn't talk for long, Mills said the team is excited to use their No. 3 pick to further their rebuilding process...

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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, left, and general manager Steve Mills answer questions during a news conference at the team's training facility, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Greenburgh, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, left, and general manager Steve Mills answer questions during a news conference at the team's training facility, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Greenburgh, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

NBA Draft season is upon us, and the Knicks were awarded the No. 3 overall pick following the NBA Draft Lottery. As June 20 approaches to them being on the clock, here is the latest about the top prospects in this year's Draft class as it pertains to the Knicks...


May 17, 5:09 PM:

Knicks team president Steve Mills spoke for the first time since his team was awarded the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and he says he's excited about the opportunity despite not getting the top selection. 

"We're excited about where we are," Mills told The Post's Marc Berman. "We know we'll get a good player at 3. So it's something we're excited about and look forward to."

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Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets power forward Mason Plumlee (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 22, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets power forward Mason Plumlee (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After the Knicks failed to land the number one pick in Tuesday night's NBA Draft Lottery, the attention quickly shifted back to whether or not the team could swing a trade for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis.

According to a report from Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily news, the Pelicans "are not high on Kevin Knox," according to a source.

Earlier this week, SNY Insider Ian Begley reported that the Pelicans had been "quietly gathering some intel on Knox recently," and while information gathering isn't anything new or out of the ordinary within league circles, it could have signaled that the Pelicans would want Knox included as part of any trade package.

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Dec 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Dec 9, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Pelicans star Anthony Davis has requested a trade, informing the team he has no interest in re-signing. With news of Davis wanting out came reports that the Knicks have strong interest in trading for him. Here are the latest rumors...


May 17, 4:09 PM:

Pelicans owner Gayle Benson told Fletcher Mackel of WDSU News that the reported "To the Lakers, over my dead body" statement is "totally absurd" and "completely untrue."

Mackel also added that the Pelicans front office believes this latest allegation is "coming from the same people who said Zion may not want to come to New Orleans."

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Nov 24, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks fans cheer against the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Nov 24, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks fans cheer against the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Former Knick David Lee believes the key to success in New York is for everyone - the organization, fans and media - to take a patient approach. 

"Everybody, whether it be the fans or the media in New York, want to get everything done overnight," Lee said in an interview on Anthony Donahue's podcast, 33rd and 7th. 

"You saw it the other night (during the NBA Draft Lottery) with the Zion Williamson situation.

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Charles Oakley has NY advice 00:00:07
Knicks legend Charles Oakley says that if NBA free agents want to be happy in New York, they should talk to him first.

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter |

Former Knicks great Charles Oakley hopes free agents who are interested in joining the Knicks reach out to him for guidance.

"What do I tell free agents? They need to be talk to me, No. 1, if they want to be happy in New York," Oakley said at CC Sabathia's celebrity softball event on Thursday. "They need to talk to me."

When asked specifically about Kevin Durant, Oakley said, "If he comes to New York, I wish he'd reach out and talk to me, have a dinner or something."

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Apr 6, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Jarrett Culver (23) drives to the basket against Michigan State Spartans forward Kenny Goins (25) during the first half in the semifinals of the 2019 men's Final Four at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)
Apr 6, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Jarrett Culver (23) drives to the basket against Michigan State Spartans forward Kenny Goins (25) during the first half in the semifinals of the 2019 men's Final Four at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports (Bob Donnan)

Ian Begley, SNY.tv Twitter |

Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver met with the Knicks on Wednesday morning in Chicago, one of ten prospects to talk to New York's management/coaches at the NBA Draft Combine.

Most people who are paid to analyze the NBA Draft see Culver as outside of this year's top three prospects.

When asked about making teams in the top three who might pass on him regret the decision, Culver smiled.

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Reddish, Morant prep for draft 00:00:49
Some of the top NBA Draft prospects are in Chicago ahead of the NBA Draft. Morant and Reddish talked to the media today.

As the NBA Combine kicked off in Chicago, some of the top prospects in this year's draft class were on hand to tackle the national media for the first time. And, as one would expect, there were large crowds surrounding Ja Morant and Cam Reddish

Morant is the top point guard in the Draft, and reports have stated that the Grizzlies will take him with the No. 2 overall pick come June 20. As for Reddish, he could go anywhere from No. 3 to the Knicks to No. 6 in the Suns depending on how high he ranks on teams' draft boards. 

But both players believe they are ready to make a major impact on whatever franchise calls their name on Draft night...

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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) races after a basket during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports (Amber Searls)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) races after a basket during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports (Amber Searls)

It appears the Grizzlies want Murray State's Ja Morant at No. 2 overall in the NBA Draft, and that suits RJ Barrett just fine.

Barrett prefers to slip past Memphis and end up with either the Knicks at No. 3 or the Lakers at No. 4, according to the New York Post

On Wednesday, ESPN reported Memphis has begun informing other parties that the team is locked in on Morant with the second pick.

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Oct 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; The NBA championship trophy and rings are seen during the ring ceremony and banner raising ceremony before a game against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports  (Rick Osentoski)
Oct 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; The NBA championship trophy and rings are seen during the ring ceremony and banner raising ceremony before a game against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

The growing optimism that the Knicks will land Kevin Durant and a second max free agent this summer is being reflected in their odds to win the NBA Title next season.

In the most recent odds released by Caesars, the Knicks (+1200) are tied with the Clippers and Rockets for the third-best odds of any NBA team.

The only teams ahead of the Knicks are the Warriors (+200) and Bucks (+400).

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Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett speaks in a press conference during practice for the East Regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. (Peter Casey/USA TODAY Sports)
Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett speaks in a press conference during practice for the East Regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. (Peter Casey/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Duke forward RJ Barrett is projected to be the No. 3 pick in next month's NBA draft to the Knicks. 

Asked what he feels he needs to do to improve at the next level, he kept it simple:

"Everything," Barrett told The Athletic's Shams Charania. "No one is perfect in one area of the game, so just continue to work on everything and be a complete player."

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Mar 14, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts after a dunk in the first half against the Syracuse Orange in the ACC conference tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Mar 14, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts after a dunk in the first half against the Syracuse Orange in the ACC conference tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

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Zion Williamson was excited about the prospect of playing for the Knicks before Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery.

That, coupled with the ever-present amateur body language readers on social media, led to speculation on Wednesday that Williamson wasn't happy about the possibility of landing with the Pelicans.

The speculation was even talked about among some opposing executives on Wednesday.

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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) drives to the basket as Michigan State Spartans forward Aaron Henry (11) defends in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) drives to the basket as Michigan State Spartans forward Aaron Henry (11) defends in the championship game of the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

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Duke's RJ Barrett will reportedly be there for the Knicks at No. 3 on draft night.

ESPN reported on Wednesday that the Grizzlies, barring something unforeseen, "appear to have locked in" on selecting Murray State's Ja Morant with the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The report states that Memphis has begun informing other parties of its decision.

If Memphis takes Morant at No. 2, that would leave Barrett available for the Knicks at No. 3.

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Mar 30, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons former player Isiah Thomas during a halftime show against the Portland Trail Blazers at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Mar 30, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons former player Isiah Thomas during a halftime show against the Portland Trail Blazers at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

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Hall of Fame guard and former Knicks president Isiah Thomas believes New York has a chance to turn things around quickly this summer.

"They're positioned well for free agency because they have cap space and they can go out and pitch themselves," Thomas said at an event to announce a partnership between his Cheurlin champagne company and the NBPA. "...They're positioned to have a great summer. But it depends on luck. If they're lucky enough, it can become a great summer."

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Only Pelicans executive VP of Basketball Operations David Griffin - and maybe a select few others close to him - knows exactly what New Orleans wants in a potential Anthony Davis trade.

Griffin reiterated on Tuesday that he's committed to trying to keep Davis in New Orleans. Landing the No. 1 overall pick in June gives him another potential selling point for Davis, but the smart money says he will still want to leave New Orleans. Shams Charania of The Athletic reported as much shortly after the Lottery.

So, assuming New Orleans has to deal Davis this summer, which teams can make the best offers? And how can the Knicks push themselves to the front of that group?

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Apr 5, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks guard Damyean Dotson (21) during the game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Apr 5, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks guard Damyean Dotson (21) during the game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

Knicks SG Damyean Dotson underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, SNY's Ian Begley confirmed on Wednesday. 

Before he underwent surgery, the expectation was that Dotson would be sidelined for roughly two months due to the shoulder ailment, per sources. Dotson is not expected to miss time next year and the belief is he'll be ready for the start of training camp, as The Athletic reports.

Head coach David Fizdale is leading the Knicks' rebuilding process, and his development of his young core was seen through Dotson among others this season. He gave him 27.5 minutes per game on the hardwood compared to 10.8 in his rookie season, and it paid off.

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Knicks fans react to Lottery 00:00:59
Live through Knicks fans angst leading up to the draw and after when they found out they?d get the 3rd pick in the NBA Draft.

There was an 86 percent chance the Knicks and their fans were going to be disappointed after the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night.

And while total disaster didn't strike -- the Knicks got the No. 3 pick -- they will not be able to select Zion Williamson

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Jan 12, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jan 12, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

One of the biggest questions for the Knicks in the aftermath of Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery? How does landing the No. 3 pick -- and New Orleans landing the top pick -- impact New York's chances of trading for Anthony Davis?

From a New Orleans perspective, Pelicans lead executive David Griffin seemed hopeful that the No. 1 pick would help entice Davis to stay in the Big Easy.

"It's the same situation," Griffin said. "We want to create an environment players are attracted to. We feel very strongly Anthony in totality will be attracted to what we can build and what we can offer. It's the same for all players. We're going to stand for something. We hope that repeats itself."

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May 14, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; NBA top prospect Zion Williamson (middle left) is seen during the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery at the Hilton Chicago. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
May 14, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; NBA top prospect Zion Williamson (middle left) is seen during the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery at the Hilton Chicago. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson was on hand in Chicago for the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery. And just how he has always been since his first game at Duke, Williamson was all smiles when he joined ESPN's crew to talk about what team he might be going to once the Lottery was 

When all the cards were shown to the masses, it was the New Orleans Pelicans that came out with the No. 1 pick in a wild drawing of teams. And it appears Williamson wasn't the biggest fan of that. 

ESPN's Marc. J. Spears was first to say that the 6-foot-7 forward was "quickly whisked out of the room" following the Pelicans' winning the Lottery. A source told him that Williamson was "rooting to go to New York."

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Knicks get the 3rd pick 00:01:26
SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley explains what the #3 pick means for the Knicks, and what it means in relation to a potential Anthony Davis trade.

The results of Tuesday's NBA Lottery weren't a disaster for the Knicks, but they certainly weren't ideal. 

New York finished with the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, earning the chance to select a top college player or to try to trade the pick for an established star. 

R.J. Barrett, who could be on the board when the Knicks select on June 20, will meet with New York on Wednesday in Chicago ahead of the NBA Draft Combine, per SNY's Adam Zagoria.

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May 6, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 6, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets in game four of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Yes, the Knicks didn't land the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft. And while fans mourn their loss of Zion Williamson to the Pelicans -- the team that did land the first pick -- the gears shift to a very important free agency period for New York. 

In all reality, free agency has always been the Knicks' top priority enter this offseason. The No. 1 pick would have been amazing, but filling those two max free agent slots are more important for the team's rebuiliding process. 

And they have become even more crucial now. 

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Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson reacts against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the semifinals of the East Regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson reacts against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the semifinals of the East Regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks didn't get the No. 1 pick on Tuesday night at the NBA Draft Lottery. That isn't a disaster -- they have the No. 3 pick and can either land Ja Morant or RJ Barrett (or trade the pick as part of a package for Anthony Davis).

New York could have fallen to No. 4 or No. 5. Getting the No. 3 pick is good. But the New York back pages treated it as a tragedy.

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Knicks fans react to Lottery 00:00:59
Live through Knicks fans angst leading up to the draw and after when they found out they?d get the 3rd pick in the NBA Draft.

The Knicks' dreams of drafting Zion Williamson went out the door on Tuesday when they drew the No. 3 pick during the NBA Draft Lottery.

Of course, it was just another chapter of heartbreak for Knicks fans and another opportunity for those on social media to rib Knicks fans for getting their hopes up. 

Here are just some highlights to the reaction of the Knicks getting the third pick in the NBA Draft:

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Ja Morant talks NBA future 00:00:51
Ja Morant talks to reporters following the NBA Draft Lottery about the chip on his shoulder, and his plans to make an impact in the NBA

With the Knicks drawing the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, they will likely land either Murray State guard Ja Morant or Duke guard R.J. Barrett

Morant was in attendance at the NBA Draft Lottery and spoke with reporters on how he plans to make an impact on whichever NBA team selects him. 

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Patrick Ewing on Knicks pick 00:00:39
Knicks legend Patrick Ewing talks about representing the team at the NBA Draft Lottery, where the Knicks got the 3rd pick in the draft.

Knicks fans were let down on Tuesday night when it was revealed they will have the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. 

So that means Duke freshman phenom Zion Williamson won't be wearing blue and orange next season. But that doesn't mean all hope is lost. 

Patrick Ewing, who represented the Knicks on the dais in Chicago, thinks the fans should be happy with who team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry decide to choose come June 20. 

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Would Knicks trade #1 pick? 00:01:33
New York Knicks could possibly get the #1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. SNY's Ian Begley reports there is 'no consensus' they would trade it.

Anthony Davis would certainly consider re-signing with the Knicks if he felt he could be successful in New York, per SNY sources familiar with the matter. And here's how a Davis to New York trade could work:

Since the goal would likely be to pair Davis with two other stars, the Knicks would first sign their two max free agents in early July, using nearly all of their $70-plus million in cap space.

They would then have to send out roughly $21.6 million in salary to satisfy NBA trade rules in a swap for Davis, who is making $27 million in 2019.

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