NBA Trade Rumors: Why the Knicks May Be Better Off without Chris Paul

Anthony PrestanoContributor IIIDecember 7, 2011

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What all started as a toast at Carmelo Anthony's wedding last summer has turned into a monster that the media has been feasting on ever since.  When Chris Paul initially said that he had ideas of teaming up with Carmelo and Amar'e in NYC, nobody could tell if he was kidding or being serious, but nobody is joking around now.  The Knicks have been quiet throughout the past decade, but those years are over. With the acquisitions of Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, the Knicks are once again relevant and are only lacking a few pieces to the puzzle.  

This has not been the case of late as the Knicks have been rumored to be vying for Chris Paul through the trade market since the summer of 2010.  However, I am not sure if acquiring Paul is the smartest idea.  

Here's Why.

Donnie Walsh has been prepping the Knicks to go after free agents Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, and Deron Williams in the summer of 2012.  Meanwhile, the Knicks have all of this money sitting around and they want to spend it on Chris Paul?  If this was Dwight Howard, it would be a completely different story, but the Knicks main problem right now is on the defensive side of the ball.  Ronny Turiaf is probably among the worst centers in the league.  Paul would obviously help the team, but who knows if they could be successful against some of the beasts of the eastern conference like Miami.  Dallas proved it takes an all around team (or just Dirk Nowitzki) to take down the Heat.  Here are a list of players available this year in free agency, and next year.

2011 Notable Free Agents

Marc Gasol

Nene Hilario

Jamal Crawford

Tyson Chandler

Shannon Brown


2012 Notable Free Agents

Chris Paul

Deron Williams

Dwight Howard (If they can sign him in free agency, they should absolutely do so)

Gerald Wallace

Raymond Felton

Steve Nash

I believe an all around lineup consisting of Raymond Felton/ Steve Nash, Jamal Crawford/an older Landry Fields, Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Nene or Gerald Wallace may have a better chance of taking down teams than CP3, Carmelo, Amar'e and a bunch of washed up veterans with nothing left to contribute at all.  The Knicks need youth and they need size.  Felton returning to the Knicks would be great, and Wallace or Nene at center could be excellent for the defensive end too for the Knicks.

The Knicks have been saving money to go after a big star next year.  In New York, fans want everything right away.  I don't recommend the Knicks trade for Chris Paul, because then they would be really out of talent.  Acquiring a star in free agency would mean uncertainty, unless of course it's Dwight Howard.  If the Knicks could trade for a not so elite star like Monta Ellis without giving up big pieces and draft picks, then spending the rest of their money on valuable players in free agency, I certainly think that would be the best option.

Overall I believe...

Nash, Ellis, Anthony, Stoudemire, Nene > CP3, no name, Carmelo, Amar'e, no name.v