NBA Rumors: Chris Paul to the Knicks Could Very Well Happen Now

Anthony PrestanoContributor IIIDecember 8, 2011

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In case you haven't heard, the trade sending Chris Paul to the Lakers is officially dead. The NBA has confirmed that owners have been complaining of an unfair deal sending a great player from a small market team to a large market team. Now this puts the Knicks back in contention for the stars, and there are various ways for him to get to the Big Apple.

Ways CP3 Can Land In New York:

1. Trade Amar'e Stoudemire and others in a three team deal to receive Paul, and a decent shooting guard. 

Why This would work:

The Knicks would not be able to get CP3 without giving up Amar'e. That was the whole point of this deal being off, because it would be Knicks fans with broken hearts if the Knicks were in the Lakers situation. Now with the acquisition of Tyson Chandler, this opens the door for trading Amar'e, which I am absolutely not in favor of in any circumstance, but it is a possibility, and Knicks ownership has screwed their fans over before, so this wouldn't be the first time.

2. Sign Chris Paul In free agency, because he won't be traded this season

Why This would work:

Teams will now begin to back off of Chris Paul. One, because they don't want their hearts broken, two, because this closes the door for other teams to acquire him. Now teams will have to give up A LOT more then they were planning on the get the all star, and with no guarantee that he will sign an extension, I don't think many teams will still be crazed over Paul.  

There are basically no teams left with enough to trade for CP3 with out it being vetoed, unless its Rondo or Westbrook which I don't see happening. Therefore, Chris Paul will likely become a free agent next year, and sign with his preferred team which has rumored to be the Knicks.