The New York Post's Marc Berman reported Sunday that a trade for the 10-time All-Star "became a legitimate option" for the Knicks as soon as the franchise hired Rose as president.
Beyond the connection between Rose and Paul, the 35-year-old would be a sensible target—albeit one who carries a level of risk.
Point guard is one of the biggest areas of need for the Knicks. The Dennis Smith Jr. experiment hasn't worked out, and neither Elfrid Payton nor Frank Ntilikina is good enough to be the lead playmaker on a playoff team.
Meanwhile, Paul's reputation speaks for itself. He'll also be coming off a-20 season in which he averaged 17.6 points and 6.7 assists per game and shot 36.5 percent from three-point range. He was a great leader for a Thunder team with a lot of younger players as well.
The question for the Knicks—and any team interested in Paul—is whether he can keep this up for another season or two. The future Hall of Famer was something of a distressed asset when Houston traded him, as evidenced by the fact the Rockets sent two first-rounders to Oklahoma City along with him to get Russell Westbrook.
Paul's contract will factor in to the equation as well. He's owed $41.4 million in 2020-21 and has a $44.2 million player option for 2021-22.