Mike Francesa has a bold idea for the Knicks.
The WFAN host proposed on his radio show Thursday evening that if the Knicks win the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft lottery on Tuesday, they should trade that pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for LeBron James instead of drafting 19-year-old Duke star Zion Williamson.
“The question is: Do you want LeBron James or not? I understand what teams you have but do you want LeBron James or not?” he asks a caller who was not on board with the idea.
Francesa stressed to another unsure caller that the addition of James would unquestionably send the Knicks to the NBA Finals next year.
“Oh, you’re going to the Finals next year,” he said. “If I can promise you a trip to the Finals next year, I don’t know if you’ll win or not but … you’re in the Finals next year. Is that good enough or do you think Zion is going to take you to the Finals?”
Here’s a couple minutes of the discussion I mentioned earlier. Mike Francesa thinks it would be wise for the #Knicks to trade the #1 pick in the draft (if they have it) for LeBron James. Evidently, this move would guarantee a trip to the NBA Finals for the Knicks next season. pic.twitter.com/nANQ1BAEA0
– Ƒunhouse (@BackAftaThis) May 10, 2019
James, who will turn 35 next season, could not even reach the playoffs with the Lakers this year, finishing the season a disappointing 11 games behind the eighth-place Los Angeles Clippers and is sitting out the postseason for the first time in his career since the 2004-05 season.
Of course, James missed 18 games due to a groin injury and the Knicks would still have the cap space to sign another max contract if they were to hypothetically trade for James.
The idea of the Lakers trading James has generated some buzz in recent days as more front office dysfunction continues in Los Angeles following the unexpected resignation of team president Magic Johnson and firing of head coach Luke Walton.
The Lakers were unable to come to terms with Ty Lue as their new head coach on Thursday and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith reported that there are some imploring team owner Jeanie Buss to trade James.
If the Lakers were to move in that direction, the Knicks would have to ask themselves if they would rather have a soon-to-be 35-year-old James and possibly add another star, or would they rather have two younger star players, such as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, in addition to Williamson for the foreseeable future?