Chris Paul Talk

Paul Requests a Trade to the Knicks

According to Yahoo Sports:

Chris Paul’s(notes) agent informed New Orleans officials on Wednesday that his client will not sign a contract extension and wants to be traded to the New York Knicks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

As soon as the NBA lifts its lockout restrictions, Hornets general manager Dell Demps wants to meet with Paul and hear that directive from him.

Nevertheless, the prospects of the Hornets executing a trade with the Knicks appear to be relatively dim. The Knicks simply don’t have the trade assets that come close to meeting New Orleans’ criteria for a deal. Demps has been listening to overtures from teams around the league, and has been actively working under the assumption that Paul would reject a contract extension.

Simply put, this could get ugly. He wants to be in NY, the Knicks want him, but the Knicks have no pieces to trade. Unlike the Anthony deal, in which guitar Jim overrode Donnie and gave up 5 starters and 4 draft picks, the Knicks have nothing on the roster that New Orleans (or any other team in the league) would want in return for a superstar like Paul. If this trade is going to happen, I think it will happen at the 11th hour. I do not expect a deal to get done before the season starts. If the Knicks were smart they would contact Paul behind the back of New Orleans and tell him to play hard ball. If the Knicks want to make this a great trade, they need to give up as little as possible. Paul and the Knicks have all the leverage here. New Orleans has very little leverage. New Orleans could have some great offers out there for Paul but no other team will agree to a deal unless Paul signs an extension. If he really wants to be a Knick, he needs to keep his mouth shut (unlike Melo who publicly said he wanted a max deal) and hold his ground about becoming a Knick. The only way this trade happens is if New Orleans gets desperate to make a deal and they accept a lesser trade from the Knicks.

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Broussard on Paul: “This is Not About Money”

ESPN’s Chris Broussard gave an interview on ESPN New York’s Rucco and Lundberg today and he discussed the possibility of Chris Paul coming to New York. In the interview he said he believes that Paul would come to New York for less money which is music to a lot of Knick fans ears. He also said he thinks the Hornets would trade him to New York if there was something to trade for (thanks Melo) and he gave his opinion on a potential Amar’e-Dwight Howard trade.

Here is the interview

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Celtics Also In the Hunt for Chris Paul

According to multiple sources, the Celtics have offered Rajon Rondo in a trade for Hornets guard Chris Paul.

The Celtics have been discussing trading Rajon Rondo for Chris Paul, according to sources. But the Hornets don’t appear interested in a two-team deal.

Danny Ainge has been searching for a third team that would give the Hornets young pieces that would help Dell Demps in his rebuilding plan.

It is also unclear whether Paul would agree to an extension, something Ainge would need to execute a trade.

Via ImaGM

Paul has the power in this deal because, like Carmelo Anthony last season, he will be a free agent at the end of the season and any team trading for Paul will want him to sign an extension prior to the trade. However, Moke Hamilton had an interesting tweet on the subject:

 

It has been widely accepted in Knick nation that Paul will be playing alongside Melo and STAT but I warn Knick fans to beware of other teams. Paul is a superstar and other teams have more cap space and trade assets. He wants to play in New York yes but it makes more financial sense for him to maybe play elsewhere. It will be interesting to see what happens but right now there is absolutely no guarantee that Paul will be a Knick in 2012.

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