Free Agency 2011: If Chris Paul Can't Go to New York, Get Thomas and Hill

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Free Agency 2011: If Chris Paul Can't Go to New York, Get Thomas and Hill
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I'm a Knicks fan (from Indiana nonetheless, if that makes any sense at all). It stems from my time of being 12 years old, when my days of loving to watch Michael Jordan ended.

I was drawn to an eighth-seeded Knicks team in the last lockout-shortened season of 1998-1999. I believe my Knicks went 27-23, a .540 winning percentage which, in this era's Eastern Conference, is probably good for sixth seed in most years. 

Since that time, I have watched as the Knicks lost time and time again in the playoffs. Whether it was to the Pacers, Raptors and missed the playoffs.

Then along came Marbury and Keith Van Horn. With that, came an eighth seed again, but a loss to the Nets. Along came Larry Brown, and his feuding with Marbury.

I don't even need to mention Isaiah Thomas in all of this, he constantly created a fiasco. Finally, the Knicks completely got rid of him and in came Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni. 

With them was a faster offense, and eventually, a very exciting one. It was during all of this I began to have a fond appreciation for David Lee, who I regret had to be a casualty of the LeBron sweepstakes (although we came away with the third best from that free agent class in Amare Stoudemire. And now, we all know where we're at).

Chris Paul? I do not believe at all we see him until next summer, if at all. 

With the new collective bargaining agreement, he'll have to take a big pay cut. I do not know how willing he is to do this, nor do I know if Amare and Carmelo can even restructure their contracts.

Anyway, since I do not really believe New York will see Chris Paul except in a Hornet uniform, here is my "Christmas wish list" of free agents New York should pursue. These will be ones that will still allow the possibility of Paul joining the team around the trade deadline or next summer.

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