Knicks Courting Chris Paul Despite NBA Lockout?
There have been numerous reports this summer that the New York Knicks are interested in bringing in another superstar to join Amar’e Stoudemire and the more recently acquired Carmelo Anthony. That superstar is rumored to be Chris Paul, who the Knicks have had their eye on for quite some time.
Paul, who has one more season on his contract as a member of the New Orleans Hornets, is one of several high profile free agents that will be available in the summer of 2012. After landing Stoudemire in the 2010 free agency class and trading for Anthony halfway through last season, the Knicks could add Paul and create a super-team of their own.
Last season the Knicks reached the playoffs for the first time in 10 years, but were instantly bounced by the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics. This has led to some concern that the Knicks might not have enough talent on their roster currently to make a deep run in the playoffs. Adding Chris Paul, who carried the Hornets to the Western Conference playoffs nearly by himself, would be a great boost for New York.
There have been reports that the Knicks, including former head coach and current consultant Isiah Thomas, have been courting Paul in an attempt to bring him to New York next summer. There have been rumors that Paul has been working out with Thomas and possibly even Stoudemire, as speculation runs rampant that Paul is looking for a chance to win a championship in the near future.
Obviously much of this depends on the stipulations of the new collective bargaining agreement that is yet to be put in place. If the league implements a hard salary cap it may be tricky for the Knicks to bring in another player that will demand the amount of money that Paul is sure to want without losing one of their other high profile stars.