Before Chris Paul was traded to the Clippers, there was a lot of talk about him going to New York to create a new big three along with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. As we know, things rarely ever turn out the way people expect them to. Paul is a free agent after next season, and while he has been reportedly recruiting players to come to the Clippers he says he intends to weigh his options in free agency when the year ends. Is there still a possibility of CP3 winding up in New York? We know he loves playing with Blake Griffin and the Clippers have a young core that is only going to improve, but it sounds like Anthony is still holding out hope.
Melo & Chris Paul walked through media room here in Vegas & Melo said, referring to CP3, “You’ll see him in NY in a couple years.”(smiling).
— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) July 11, 2012
With the way their cap situation looks, it’s unlikely the Knicks would be able to bring a big three together. If Paul signs with the Knicks it would mean they are trading either ‘Melo or Amar’e. CP3 turned down the Clippers’ recent offer of three years and $60 million, but that’s probably because they can offer him a five-year deal when he becomes a free agent next year. My gut tells me he’ll stay in L.A., which would be the smart thing to do given the current state of the Knicks and Clippers. However, we have learned on multiple occasions in the past that things aren’t always that simple. After all, they did already make the toast.