The New York Knicks turned down a potential trade for Anthony Davis last summer as the deal would go against the team's long-term rebuilding plan, reported Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Windhorst added that Davis expressed interest in playing for the Knicks before his eventual trade to the Lakers.

Steve Mills and Scott Perry were reportedly turned off by the Pelicans' asking price for Davis, even though they had the assets the Pelicans were looking for due to their Kristaps Porzingis trade.

Mills and Perry said that trading for Davis "would have undercut their long-range plan of building through the draft and developing picks into stars," according to Windhorst.