May 17, 2012; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) is defended by San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw (behind) during the first half in game two of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the AT

Chris Paul Does CP3 still have a future in New York?

On a hot July day in 2012, with the New York Knicks not having the financial ability to add any big-name free agents, somehow they find a way to become a headliner.

New York Daily News‘ Knicks beat writer Frank Isola says (via Twitter) that many league executives believe that Paul is still hoping to find his way to the big apple next season.

 

Chris Paul’s love affair for the Knicks has been no secret. At fellow superstar Carmelo Anthony’s wedding last July, CP3 gave a speech indicating he would like to team up with Carmelo and Amar’e Stoudemire to form the New York version to compete with Miami’s “Big 3.”

May 20, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) reacts during game four of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at the Staples Center. The Spurs defeated the Clippers 102-99 to win the series 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

The same day that young superstar and Clipper teammate of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin accepts his five-year extension worth $95 million deal; the leader of “Lob City” declined his three-year deal worth $60 million. Paul will make $17.7 million this upcoming season.

Of course the back and white reasoning for him declining the extension is so that he can get his coveted max deal next summer, but basketball players don’t always make decisions for obvious reasons.

Chris Paul has played with Carmelo Anthony on USA teams and numerous All-Star games. The Knicks have been looking for a point guard for years now, and before Jeremy Lin fell into their lap, it was a glaring need. Knicks fans have been hearing CP3’s name for years now have been praying for him to run basketball at the Garden.

Next year the Knicks have the option to terminate Anthony or Stoudemire’s contract. With Carmelo being a bonafide scorer and STAT struggling with this health and play on the court, the obvious choice would be parting with Stoudemire.

A union of Chris Paul and Iman Shumpert in the same backcourt would be one of or if not the best defensive backcourt in the league. With Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler behind them, the Knicks would drastically change their no defense brand of basketball around. Carmelo wouldn’t get much defensive criticism since it wouldn’t be such a burden on him. He would be asked to do what he loves to do: score, score, and score. He wouldn’t have to pass and defend like LeBron James does, making him focus on just putting the ball the hoop.

When there is smoke, there is fire, if Chris Paul declined his extension just because he wants his max-deal that would be fine. But his connections with the Knicks have been rumored for years now and speculation will always be there until he signs long term with Los Angeles.

For a free agency period that looks like the Knicks will not be much a part of, they sure know how to keep their names in the headlines.

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