The best floor general in the NBA, Chris Paul, would be a pleasant and dynamic fit with the 2017-18 New York Knicks.
With Derrick Rose as an unrestricted free agent this summer and really no other viable point guard options on the roster, Chris Paul should be the signal caller the Knicks should reach out to and call.
I don’t expect the Knicks to bring back the injury-plagued, 28-year-old Rose and give him the massive payday he’s seeking. There’s a strong possibility that Phil Jackson and the organization take a point guard in the upcoming Draft, which is loaded with talented point guards as well.
However, if they want a quick fix or a chance to turn around the disaster that the franchise has developed over the last few years, then snagging Chris Paul would be a good place to start.
The Los Angeles Clippers point guard has a chance to opt out of his current contract or sign a possible five-year, $205 million deal to stay in Clipperland.
Paul is probably looking to head to a title contender if he decides to leave L.A. (I’m thinking the Spurs are his likely destination if he chooses to leave) but the Knicks should go all in on Paul.
Going after the nine-time All-Star would surely give Phil Jackson a reason to keep one of Paul’s best friend’s in Carmelo Anthony. Paul could rejuvenate Anthony as he moves towards the later stages of his career and he could team up with a future All-Star in Kristaps Porzingis.
Obviously, the four-time All-NBA First Team performer would have to take some semblance of a pay cut to make his way to another team this offseason — compared to the max contract he’s in line to get from the Clippers — but it would be worth it.
Paul would have a chance to form another version of a Big Three with himself, Carmelo and Porzingis running things in the Big Apple.
Plus, the simple fact of heading to the Eastern Conference — or should I say the Leastern Conference — would make plenty of sense for Paul given it would better increase his chances of finally advancing to the NBA Finals, much less the conference finals for him.
With the playoff-caliber teams in the East dealing with different situations like uncertainty with the roster (Chicago, Indiana), topped-out (Toronto, Atlanta), too young (Milwaukee) and on-the-rise but not sure when they will make that next big step (Washington, Boston), the main opposition for the new-look Knicks (if things go right) would be Paul and Carmelo’s close friend and ruler of the Eastern Conference the last seven years in LeBron James.
Financially, I’m sure it would be a challenge for the Knicks to fit Paul under the salary cap and Phil Jackson’s blatant comments about running his buddy Carmelo out of town this season probably has not sat well with him, yet the Knicks need a splash. Snatching Chris Paul away from the West Coast could be it.
I’m of the belief that CP3 needs a change of scenery. Why not to New York?