The Los Angeles Lakers won the race to sign Anthony Davis via trade from New Orleans Pelicans this summer despite interest from a number of teams. They had to give up three members of their young core and three first round draft picks to make the deal with the Pelicans.

The Lakers were desperate to bring in another superstar to partner LeBron James and the power forward’s arrival has instantly made them the second favorites to win the 2020 NBA championship behind the Los Angeles Clippers, who acquired Kawhi Leonard and Paul George during the offseason.

Frank Vogel’s first task as Lakers head coach will be to get all the stars in his team playing as a unit and their first target will be to make the playoffs. The Lakers have gone a franchise-record six consecutive seasons without making the post-season and they will be keen to end this upcoming campaign.

They also have an added pressure to do well this season as Davis has made it clear that he wants to be with a team that will help challenge for titles. The power forward and his agent Rich Paul also made it clear that Davis will enter free agency next season which allows him to join any team of his choosing.

Anthony Davis LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers guards Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans during a 112-104 Lakers win at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Dec. 21, 2018. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

The Lakers are keen to keep the power forward in the long-term but if they fail to match his expectations, there is a chance that he could walk away and join another franchise. According to New York Post’s Marc Berman, the forward could very well move to New York to join the Knicks, who are in a rebuilding process at the moment.

Berman cites a source and claims that Davis’ agent Paul, who also manages James, “likes the idea” of the forward moving to New York. If the Lakers implode this season and fail to make the post-season there is a possibility he could consider moving on, but the one drawback will be that the Knicks are unlikely to offer him a chance to have a go at a championship immediately, which is what Davis desires.

“The 2020 free-agent pool is short on stars, but they could be one of the favorites for big fish Anthony Davis if the Lakers implode. Rich Paul, Davis’ agent, likes the idea of his client in New York, according to a source,” Berman wrote for the New York Post.