Amar’e Stoudemire passed on the info that at Carmelo Anthony’s wedding this past weekend, Chris Paul made a toast that he and ‘Melo would team-up with Amar’e on the Knicks to form their own Big Three. The NY Post humorously reports:
Attendee Spike Lee nearly passed out at the suggestion.
Could it actually happen? Well… the Post article says how Melo can join as a free agent next summer for a max with the additional cap space we’ll get from Eddy Curry and Kelenna Azubuike’s expiring contracts (plus the little bit of space we’ll have leftover from this year). However, the Post then states we could trade for either CP3 or Tony Parker with a deal centered around Ray Felton, which seems unlikely. If either of those teams were to trade those guys, it’d be partly because they’re happy with their current replacements (Darren Collison and George Hill respectively), so they wouldn’t be interested in Felton.
The Hornets meanwhile would likely only be interested in sending off Paul if they can also get rid of one of their big contracts, so they’d not only want part of the Knicks’ package to include Eddy Curry’s salary, but they’d also send back one or more of their other contracts of Emeka Okafor, Peja Stojakovic and James Posey. Should the Knicks do such a trade this season, they wouldn’t have the cap space to then sign Melo as a free agent next summer.
It’s also possible, as the article states, that the Knicks add Melo next summer, then wait until the following summer for CP3 to become a free agent himself. Ostensibly we could have the space to outright sign CP3, but it ‘d involve letting a bunch of the rest of our younger players walk. First, it turns out that Ray Felton’s only got a two-year deal, so his salary will disappear from our books just in time. Wilson Chandler will be a restricted free agent next summer and we could either let him go or only sign him to a one-year deal to keep our options open (like we did with David Lee and Nate Robinson last summer). Bill Walker’s contract ends the summer of 2012, so we could choose to not re-sign him too. Lastly, we could not offer qualifying offers to Danilo Gallinari and Anthony Randolph that summer of 2012, but do we really wanna let all those guys just leave based on a hunch? It’s one thing to sacrifice older players like Jamal Crawford, Zach Randolph, Jared Jeffries and Eddy Curry who you know aren’t getting better and already have big contracts, but to give away kiddies without any concrete deals in place is risky.
But it’s fun to dream.
One other fun tidbit apparently happened at Melo’s wedding (which was in Manhattan). Chris Sheridan writes:
During Anthony’s reception, when the microphone was handed to LeBron James, there was a cacophony of hisses, whistles, mutterings and even a few boos before James was able to get any words out of his mouth.