While it probably won’t happen this year, there have been whispers for months that the New York Knicks will do whatever it takes to get Chris Paul to Manhattan as soon as possible. Those whispers have gotten louder and louder and now we’re hearing that it will most definitely happen at some point.
Paul will be a free agent after the 2012 season, and it is widely known that he’s not happy with the New Orleans Hornets. He’s as good as gone when his contract ends.
While he’d definitely also be interested in playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, most people feel the Lakers will spend their money on Dwight Howard that summer. Of course, this is all speculation, but most people see things playing out that way.
If the Lakers are out for Paul’s services, he wants to play in New York, and Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni wants him. Badly.
As we all know, Carmelo Anthony will (in all likelihood) be a New York Knick in the near future. And, at his wedding last summer Paul made a toast about himself, Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire becoming the “big three” in New York. That still appears to be the plan.
While the Knicks may not have adequate cap room at that point to make the move, there is a chance that Anthony and Paul take small pay cuts to play in New York (endorsements will certainly make up for any cut in actual salary) and the Knicks could make some moves and shift some contracts to get Paul in the fold. It can happen with the right amount of effort. If this is really a set plan between Paul, Stoudemire and Anthony that has been worked out in advance then they’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen. Additionally, Paul and Anthony are close friends and talk often. Take that for what it’s worth.
No one can argue that those three guys are a perfect fit for Mike D’Antoni’s style of play and they would make the Knicks an insanely fun team to watch.