Chris Paul: New York Knicks Must Do Whatever It Takes To Land Him

Dexter HenryContributor IJuly 23, 2010

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CP3 in NYC has a nice ring to it.

After New Orleans Hornets' superstar Chris Paul meets with team officials on Monday to discuss his future with the team, New York Knicks' President Donnie Walsh should immediately ring Hornets' GM Dell Demps to inquire about acquiring the star point guard.

Paul clearly is not pleased with the direction the Hornets are heading in and is not convinced that they can compete for a championship. This week a list of teams that Paul would like to be traded to has surfaced, and according to reports New York is atop CP3's wish-list.

Reports also have leaked that Knicks are willing to trade anyone except Amar'e Stoudemire to acquire the All-Star point guard. Clearly, this is the attitude the Knickerbockers should have when they have the opportunity to potentially add the best point guard the franchise has seen grace the Garden floor since Walt "Clyde" Frazer.

Besides the Knicks, Paul's trade destination wish-list also included the Magic, Mavericks, and TrailBlazers.  However, New York has the best chance of acquiring the Hornets' point guard.  It is no secret that Paul wants to play with another superstar, and all of teams he would like to be traded to offer him that opportunity.

So why do the Knicks have the best chance of landing him?

The Knicks have exactly what the cost-cutting Hornets need. For starters  New York can supply the Hornets with young talent.  Even more importantly the Knicks can deliver INEXPENSIVE young talent. 

With Peja Stojakovic in the final year of his contract, New Orleans desperately needs to add another perimeter player/swingman to its young roster.  Therefore Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, and Anthony Randolph could be attractive pieces.

Besides offering inexpensive young talent to the Hornets, the Knicks also could use Eddy Curry's expiring contract here.  The Hornets, who have big salaries invested in Emeka Okafor and James Posey, are surely looking for some salary cap relief in the near future, especially with the team currently available for sale.

With the Knicks having the ability to offer both young inexpensive talent and an expiring contract, combined with the fact that Paul wants to play in NYC, it is a no-brainer that Walsh & Co. must do whatever it takes to add another superstar to their roster.