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New York Knicks Offseason Potpourri: RJ Barrett, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant

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New York Knicks Offseason Potpourri: RJ Barrett, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant

2019-06-11 18:32:241 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Duke Blue Devils star RJ Barrett takes shot against Pitt. (Image Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

On Monday, former Duke Blue Devils star RJ Barrett worked out for the New York Knicks and said they would be the only team he’s meeting with as the NBA Draft approaches.

"I won't be meeting with any other teams," Barrett said on Monday after meeting with the Knicks. "This is the place I want to be, so I hope they draft me."

The Canadian is considered by most to be the third-best prospect in this draft class behind his teammate Zion Williamson who is the consensus No. 1 pick and Murray State’s Ja Morant who is projected to be selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the No. 2 pick.

That leaves the New York Knicks, the current owners of the third overall pick, as the likely landing spot for Barrett.

Overshadowed by Williamson, Barrett had a pretty special freshman season in his own right, as he averaged 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game while setting the ACC freshman scoring record.

Davis Eyes Knicks

According to a report from The Athletic, New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis has narrowed his list of desired destinations to the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks.

Set to be a free agent in 2020, Davis has let it be known that he no longer wants to be a Pelican. While he can’t technically control where he goes, if Davis is traded somewhere other than New York or LA, the team trading for him would be taking the risk they will lose AD after the season.

It’s possibly that Toronto’s run to the NBA Finals behind Kawhi Leonard could inspire a team like the Boston Celtics to take that leap.

If the Knicks are able to swing a trade for Davis, they will have to include the aforementioned No. 3 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, along with several of their young players.

Knicks Lose Game 5

Impending free agent Kevin Durant suffered what is believed to be an Achilles injury on Monday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. While the immediate impact is on the Golden State Warriors and the Finals series, this will likely impact the Knicks as well.

“Knicks Lose Game 5” was on the cover of the New York Daily News, while the New York Post went with “Kevin & Hell” on their back page, adding “Knicks’ plans in big trouble after KD injury.”

Prior to last night, everyone believed that Durant would be coming to Madison Square Garden, as a free agency this summer. Now, with Durant’s status in doubt, it could put a seismic shift in New York’s offseason plans.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.

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