Yes, the rumors are here. Chris Paul is on the trading block, demanding a trade from New Orleans. We're one of his top teams on his wishlist. And we're hesitant to trade for him?!
Now first of all, I'd like to point out that I'm just as excited about our new Knicks team as anybody here. We've just finished cleaning up Isiah's mess (well, there's still Curry) and finally have a team that can make some noise this season. A 6th seed isn't unrealistic, and with the amount of potential we have, it's starting to seem like a likely result.
But Chris Paul would catapult this team into a championship contending roster. He's arguably the best player in the NBA, and have a look at what LeBron did for Cleveland. His supporting cast there was much worse than what we would offer Chris Paul, even after trading away some players. I know we'll be a team that's fun to watch w/o Paul, with D'Antoni finally being able to implement his style after acquiring players like Felton, Amar'e or Randolph. But is it really better to have lower expectations and become pleasantly surprised than strive for something better? I'd rather expect a championship for 5 years and win one than expect nothing but a playoff birth and be happy with a few 1st round upsets. We still have that loser type of mentality that we have had to get used to for the past decade, and we need to get rid of it if we are to acquire Paul.
Waiting for Carmelo is another reason why some people don't want Paul. "What if we have to take on Okafor or Posey's deal?" Well, I'd take Paul now rather than wait for the possibility of having Carmelo 10 times out of 10. All signs were pointing for LeBron to come here too, remember? It doesn't matter if Carmelo would come here. Carmelo is something that might happen in one year. Paul, if all Donnie has to do is pull the trigger, would be something concrete, and arguably a better player than Carmelo-better than waiting on somebody that might come here. Okafor is overpaid, but he's still an alright player. It'd be nice to have a back-up for STAT, which would make him healthier and better in the long-run. Remember, not all bad contracts are Eddy Curry's or Arenas's.
"But we won't have a BIG 3!!!!" Who cares if Miami has one? Who cares if Boston does. The Celtics have won one title with their big 3, and Miami hasn't played a single game yet. If we do pick up Paul, we'd have a damn amazing Big 2 with STAT and CP3, surrounded by much better role players than Miami can offer. And I'd rather have a team like the Lakers, which is what we'd be looking at, than Miami or Boston. An exciting supporting cast with Gallo/Randolph, Azu/Turiaf ( I doubt we'd trade both), TD and Felton to compliment Stoudemire and Paul. We'd be the Suns of the East.
Now, do we want the drama that would surround Paul if he doesn't sign a contract extension with us and hit FA? No, of course not. We'd basically be going through what Cleveland went through, albeit on a smaller scale. But if he comes to NY, it'll probably be to stay. If he plans on switching teams in 2012 anyway, why demand a trade now? No, I think this move would be to a place where he stays for a long time.
Is his knee a risk? Yes, of course it is. But he's not getting rushed back onto the court, he's taken time to recover, and from what I can tell, he has an amazing work ethic. He'll make sure that he's ready for 2010. His knee might also make this deal a smart move, because his value now, post-injury, would be a better bargain than his value at the trade deadline or next offseason. Does trading away Randolph or Gallo (which is what we're going to have to do, unless Donnie is a bigger genius than he's shown to be) suck? Yes, of course it does. But it's the price we have to pay to get him. And, in basketball, the team that trades 5 pennies for a nickel is usually the happier of the 2 teams.
Finally, I'll leave you guys with some CP3 highlights. He's amazing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCQH8GMaZNQ<----Oh my God
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g78y1hyFmTk<---He's a good actor too!