Let me just start by saying I'm as big of a Knick fan as the next New Yorker, but we need to think realistically here. A big three of Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Chris Paul is looking very bleak.
I love the idea of having Paul manning the point in New York, but it's going to be extremely difficult to make this a reality.
First off, pulling off a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers will be extremely difficult. A deal would surely have to include one of the big contracts, and it won't be Melo's coming off the books—not after going all in for him.
The Clippers have no need for Amar'e Stoudemire and his contract, as they have a younger and gifted power forward in Blake Griffin.
That leaves Tyson Chandler, but LA has DeAndre Jordan and his more friendly $10 million contract.
Unless a third team gets involved, a trade is 99 percent unlikely.
That leads me to Paul "forcing" his way to New York by saying he will only sign the extension with New York—and that has to happen before the deadline. Thanks to the new CBA, teams over the luxury tax will not be allowed to sign-and-trade.
Will Chris Paul turn his back on his Clipper fans and teammates? Not likely—leading me to my next point.
In an article written by Alan Hahn for Newsday.com in December 2011, Hahn informed us of reports from Yahoo! Sports that Paul would like to be traded to the Knicks. "Paul's agent told his current team, the New Orleans Hornets, that the point guard does not plan to sign a contract extension with the team and would like to be traded to the Knicks."
When Chris Paul recently declined a three-year $60 million extension, did his agent say anything similar to that day in December?
No, he did not—so why did he opt to not sign an extension? Because he can make more money!
Chris Paul is an athlete, but he's a business man first. By turning down that extension, Paul can play out this season and re-sign with the Clippers, commanding a five-year $105 million contract.
Now thinking rationally, the Knicks have a perfectly legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference with the team they have constructed thus far. Dismantling them to try and pursue Paul would just put New York in a worse predicament than when Carmelo came over.
The Knicks have a great hand this upcoming season—instead of folding and shuffling the deck, it's time we go all in with what we have.
Let's Go Knicks!