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CP3 knows Knicks aren't a realistic possibility?

Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:51 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 12:52 pm
Posted by Royce Young

It's good to know Chris Paul doesn't live in a dream world. Because everyone pretty much understands that there's absolutely no way he can force a trade to the Knicks, unless for some reason Hornets general manager Dell Demps is just enthralled with Iman Shumpert and Landry Fields.

According to, Paul "knows being dealt to the Knicks is not a realistic possibility."

Thursday, there was a report saying that CP3 had requested a trade to the Knicks. Already there's one report refuting that, but this one does the same.

"He has not asked for a trade to the Knicks because he knows the Knicks don't have anything to offer," a source said. "He wouldn't insult the Hornets by doing that."

But also this: "The source did not confirm or deny reports that a representative for Paul has told the Hornets their point guard wants to be traded to the Knicks, but league sources say team general manager Dell Demps will not take any action until he hears directly from Paul regarding his intentions."

This is how it works though. There's a back-and-forth, a lot of stuff being done in the dark and a lot of whispers one way and not the other. It's all a PR game. CP3 doesn't want to stay in New Orleans, especially if that roster isn't going to be built to contend. So he's trying to plan the best exit he can possible. Where it looks like he wanted to be there but just couldn't refuse the offer he got.

That starts by making sure everyone knows that he's not "requesting" a trade to New York, even if he really is.

With Paul very likely not re-signing with the Hornets, Demps would prefer to get max value out of him and that would happen by dealing him before the season. If CP3 has decided it's Knicks or bust, another team might think it could sway CP3 into re-signing there with a season in their city. As Matt Moore of points out, Orlando could be that perfect one-year destination.

Since: Nov 5, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:15 pm

CP3 knows Knicks aren't a realistic possibility?

As a Knicks Fan i would love to have CP3 come to new york, but that unlikely for 2 reasons:
1 The knicks dont have the players to trade( thank you carmelo.... I still hate that trade!)
2 if he comes to new york via freeagency he would loose about 45 million over the lenth of his next contract. lets face it these guys are in it for the money.

 I see him going to LA or Orlando
The knicks will probably get Nash( who lives in NYC) that will give them some extra money to add some players to the team.
I still dont think that enough to compete with Miami.

Since: May 14, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:38 pm

CP3 knows Knicks aren't a realistic possibility?

 You are right, he does not have a no trade clause. However the team he will be potentially traded to will undoubtably speak to him ahead of time to assure he will sign an extension with them at the end of the year. If not hes a rent a player, and how much would someone really pay for Paul as a rent a player. Look at what happened with the Nets and Deron, that would be a nightmare if a GM paid up and Paul ends up inevitably walking at the end of the year. End result, hes a Knick by latest next year,

  "Paul’s desire to join the Knicks was cemented after he spent so much time in New York over the summer with close friend Carmelo Anthony."-Yahoo Sports

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2011 9:37 am

CP3 knows Knicks aren't a realistic possibility?

Big Loose, you're the one that really needs to pay attention.  I just confirmed...CP3 does not have a no trade clause, so he has very little leverage with regard to where he's traded.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2011 9:33 am

CP3 knows Knicks aren't a realistic possibility?

Pretty sure he doesn't have a no trsade clause...players just can't say "no" when their team trades them.  Also, CP3 has a little more class than someone like LeBron...he understrands what he's doing to NO by leaving and I believe he would easily be happy to take a deal that gave NO some pieces.  And oh, by the way...he doesn't want to play in NY because those are his "boys"...CP3 has a lot of "boys" in the NBA.  In fact, LeBron is very close to him as are many other players in other markets.  He doesn't have any kind of special relationship with Stoud and Carmelo.  He wants to play there because he like the idea of creating another big 3.  It also has nothing to do with NY...he would play in Iowa if he could join a big 3 team that matches up well with MIami.  I have no skin in the game but I think your take is a little off.

Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:00 am

CP3 knows Knicks aren't a realistic possibility?

I love the idea but who would it invlove. Elaborate. 

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:38 pm

CP3 knows Knicks aren't a realistic possibility?

No way he neds up in New York, at least this year. The Knicks don't have the cap space or the pieces to trade for him. Would love to see him in Portland who does have the pieces and some expiring contracts but I'm sure CP3 wont sign with the Blazers if he wouldn't sign with the Celtics. Hard to believe a PG wouldn't want to play with Aldridge and Wallace. 

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:14 pm

CP3 knows Knicks aren't a realistic possibility?

CLIPPERS are the fit for Chris Paul

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:13 pm

CP3 knows Knicks aren't a realistic possibility?

It's how it starts....

I'd really like to play for  {fill in the blank}...even though the team that drafted me and made me richer than a drug lord, can't afford anyone BUT me, and I can't win squat by myself, and I sure as Hell not taking a cut so they can buy better players....and I don't have time to be trying make anyone better, because I want to win NOW without trying too Please trade me.....or....I'll not try very hard here, maybe be, uh...hurt...and cause , uh...trouble....and whine to the media...and lie down in the aisle at the grocery and throw a Melo fit until I get my way...

Careful what you ask for geniuses, sometimes, you get it....These guys aren't going to be happy until ALL the talent is on 6 teams, and all the other teams fold. Then they'll get what they want right ? A 6 team NBA should be able to generate enough income to pay max contracts about $3 million a year....still about $2.95 million a year more than they could make doing anything else that was legal... But hey, they''ll be playing on a better team, and they'll always make the playoffs.

I'd like to see one of these selfish, overgrown chiapets get their contract traded to a team in China for their last, disgruntled year.... Ask J.R. Smith how that turned out for him.    

Since: May 14, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:08 pm

CP3 knows Knicks aren't a realistic possibility?

Does anyone pay attention, he wants to play with his boys. He can do whatever he wants, he can just say no to a deal other than NY. Hornets are not dumb and if push comes to shove, they will take whatever the knicks give them. If not the alternative Is they get nothing, and FYI bilups is a large expiring contract perfect for this type of deal and fields is better than the player they dont get when cp3 walks at the end of the year for nothing. If you were in his shoes would you go play with Orlando or Chicago when two of your friends who also happened to be top ten players in the league are in NY?

Since: May 14, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:55 pm

CP3 knows Knicks aren't a realistic possibility?

@philabeatdown - Yes, the heats three took Sooooooo much less... Not really. Your idea makes tons of sense, come to philladelphia, the sixers will trade all their quality players for cp3. Leave mid second and third tier talent in N.O. to play with a bunch of low second and third tier talent in Philadelphia. No top ten player will be playing in Philly anytime soon unless theyre on the opposing team. Cp has been talking about playing with melo and mare ever since they were all at his wedding right after the Miami three took shape. Dream all you want, I can assure you he ends up a knick, even if it means through free agency and you can bet melo and mare will restructure their contracts to make it happened.

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