Chris Paul is reportedly unhappy with the Houston Rockets, and depending upon who you believe, he either has or hasn’t requested to be traded by the franchise. His contract, however, is going to make it quite hard for the team’s management to find a partner.
One team that many have joked should trade for Paul is the New York Knicks – mostly because they’ve made a number of bad moves over the past two decades. But one writer – Bradford William Davis of the Daily News – thinks they should actually do it.
Paul has three years left on his deal – with the third year being a player option. Over that span, he’s due to make over $124 million. He’s also 33 years old.
Davis’ reasoning? With Paul on the roster, they’d be better – and they’d be able to develop their young talent with a player of his caliber around. Here’s what he had to say:
Beggars can’t be choosers when it comes to recruiting NBA superstars. Paul is one of the best options they have — real options, not a fever dream or an NBA 2K sim gone wild. He would further the goals worth shooting for at this point: improving their play in 2020 and developing young talent.
Davis assumed that Kevin Durant – even if he came to the Knicks – would be sitting out a season to recover from his torn Achilles.
If the Knicks are simply trying to get better, trading for Paul does make some sense. He’ll be a solid player for another year or two, and he might be enough to help you make the playoffs.
But if the goal is to build a championship roster, he’d be too much of a money-suck. They’d be paying him over $44 million in 2021-2022 when he’s 36 years old.
It remains to be seen if the Rockets will actually be able to deal Paul. There can’t be many suitors.