Zion Williamson has felt bookmarked for the New York Knicks since before he even put on a New Orleans Pelicans uniform.
On draft night in the summer of 2019, it just felt like people were anticipating the Knicks to receive the number one pick. It was strange. The Knicks had the lottery odds that they had. Somehow, they just felt due to land a superstar.
The ping pong balls didn’t fall in their favor. Instead, the Knicks selected Williamson’s teammate, RJ Barrett, with the third overall pick. He’s been solid. Meanwhile, Williamson has been mostly injured. It’s still hard not to feel like the Knicks would rather be rehabbing Williamson.
At the same time, some things don’t change. Williamson still feels bookmarked for the Knicks. Rumors of his discontent in New Orleans have swirled since his facial expression upon learning the Pelicans would select him.
If he ever does demand a trade from the Big Easy, expect overtures to come immediately from the front office in the Big Apple.
Here’s the best trade package the New York Knicks could offer for Zion Williamson.
New Orleans Pelicans Receive: F Obi Toppin, G Alec Burks, 2023 First-Round Pick (NYK), 2023 First-Round Pick (DAL), 2025 First-Round Pick (NYK), 2027 First-Round Pick (NYK), 2029 First-Round Pick (NYK)
New York Knicks Receive: F Zion Williamson