Now that the NBA lockout is all but a memory (pending some legal maneuvering), the countdown to the New York Knicks forming their own “Big Three” resumes…with the much anticipated acquisition of free agent-to-be CHRIS PAUL.
Sunday’s NY Daily News has already zeroed in on the top story that will envelop the Knicks this year as the NBA prepares to open training camps Dec 9:
With the free agency period tentatively set to begin in a few weeks, the New Orleans Hornets have a decision to make—the same decision that Denver had to make regarding Carmelo Anthony a year ago: Do we trade Chris Paul now and get some value for him or risk losing him to free agency without any compensation over the summer?
Paul wants a legitimate shot at the NBA title and it’s no secret that he stands a better chance with two perennial all-stars in Melo and Amaré in New York than with one probable Hornets all-star in David West in the always ultra-competitive Western Conference.
The Knicks could be in good position salary cap wise to land Paul with only Anthony and Stoudemire’s salaries essentially on the books for 2012. And everyone remembers Paul’s pledge to join his buddies in New York (serious or otherwise) at Melo’s wedding last year. Dude is foaming at the mouth at the prospect of linking up with Melo and Amaré and challenging his NBA brethren in Miami.
Of course, Paul could remain in New Orleans and resign with the Hornets. Yeah…fat chance of that happening.