Another summer only means there’s another NBA superstar with the chance to change area codes.
Regarded as the best point guard in the game today, Chris Paul’s contract with the Los Angeles Clippers is expired and he is an unrestricted free agent. New York Knicks’ fans have had dreams of bringing in CP3 and pairing him with Carmelo Anthony, but at this point it is a numbers game that doesn’t work in the Knicks’ favor at all.
The 2013-2014 NBA salary cap won’t be announced until July, but it’s expected to pretty much stay put at around $58 million. This gives Knicks’ general manager Glen Grunwald no wiggle room with Anthony, Tyson Chandler, and Amar’e Stoudemire taking up $57,169,385.
Clearly James Dolan is going have to go over the cap and pay the luxury tax which we all knew going in. Paul is going to get a max-deal and unfortunately I can’t see it coming from the Knicks.
Chandler will be making $14 million next year and Stoudemire will be making a whopping $21 million. The only possible way for the Knicks to acquire Chris Paul is by a sign-and-trade with the Clippers.
With Chandler’s forgettable postseason and at this point in Stoudemire’s career with his reoccurring knee injuries, these two are untradeable. If Paul wants out of L.A, which still isn’t definite, it’s highly unlikely that the Clippers will take on Chandler or Stoudemire and their contracts.
Not only are they bad contracts, but also the Clippers have Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan so there is absolutely no need for big men.
I think Paul has played his last game as a Clipper, but won’t play his next game as a Knick.
The Knicks are caught in a huge salary cap jam and it’s going to cause problems in improving the roster for the 2013-2014 campaign. Years ago, dreams were planted in Knicks’ fans heads when Paul gave a toast at Anthony’s wedding, preaching that one day himself, Anthony, and Stoudemire would form their own “Big 3.” Paul never really had the chance to sign with New York and it seems like the window has closed.
Baring a knucklehead move by the Clippers, which isn’t passed them, Paul will not be a New York Knick. The only possible trade I can see happening is Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton and/or Iman Shumpert for Chris Paul and possibly DeAndre Jordan. However this isn’t NBA 2K13 and you can’t force a team to make a trade.
I wish it could happen, but the Knicks probably aren’t going to able to sign the best point guard in the league, but hey you never know, crazier things have happen.
You know, like getting traded to the Lakers and having David Stern veto it over “basketball reasons.” Yeah stuff like that.