Chris Paul, the Los Angeles Clippers point guard, will be the most sought-after superstar in next summer’s free agency class. The New York Knicks are hoping to lure Paul to the Big Apple.
The Knicks front office views Derrick Rose as a one-year rental, per sources. Unless Rose is able to regain his old MVP form, there’s very little chance that the point guard returns to New York for the 2017-18 season.
According to Frank Isola of the NY Daily News, the Knicks will have the cap flexibility next season to lure LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Paul to join buddy Carmelo Anthony in New York. Earlier this year, James told Bleacher Report that he’d take a pay cut to be able to play with his real life best friends.
Chris Paul can join buddy Carmelo Anthony
“New York makes sense if LeBron and Wade were willing to take pay cuts. Plus, Paul is under contract. In other words, it’s a long-shot,” wrote Isola, who explored a set of possible trades and roster shuffling to present a hypothetical scenario in which Paul can land in New York.
Isola noted that Miami and Los Angeles are the two other cities that would prove attractive enough for the Banana Boat buddies to take their collective talents to. With Golden State Warriors adding Kevin Durant and turning into a near-invincible force, it’s possible that James & Co. join hands to give the Bay Area team stiff competition.
Last week, Clippers coach Doc Rivers told The Vertical podcast that Paul has expressed his desire to remain in Los Angeles for the rest of his career. However, several insiders predict that the Clippers’ championship window is nearly closed with both Paul and Blake Griffin approaching free agency.
“I think we’re in a good place. I know both of them (Griffin and Paul) have said they want to play here. They want to play for us forever,” Rivers said while discussing the team’s make-or-break summer in 2017.
Will Chris Paul bolt from Los Angeles to New York next season? If the new Knicks can somehow secure a top-5 seed in the coming season, it’s a definite possibility.