One year after raising his stock tremendously by leading an extremely young Oklahoma City Thunder team to within one victory of the Western Conference semis, Chris Paul has somehow outdone himself.
Over the offseason he was traded to a Phoenix Suns team that didn’t even make the playoffs last year.
How did Paul respond? By leading the franchise to its first Finals showing since 1993.
While the Finals obviously still have to be played, some are already starting to look ahead to this offseason. Paul has a player option for $44.2 million next year that he will almost certainly not pick up, in favor of a longer-term deal with a smaller annual payment.
Who might be interested in accommodating him with a deal of that sort?
According to Ian Begley of SNYtv, the New York Knicks have emerged as a very legitimate potential threat to steal Paul away from Phoenix.
“Several agents for point guards in the 2021 free agent class fear New York as a possible landing spot for Paul,” he wrote.
“Leon Rose was Paul’s agent before Rose became the Knicks president. But, again, New York would only be an option for Paul if he and Phoenix didn’t reach an agreement.”
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The Knicks went 41-31 and earned the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs this season. They already have plans to steal away one major star from the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason, but the front office is unlikely to stop there. They’re also viewed as serious contenders for Damian Lillard’s services, and are a ‘feasible’ potential landing spot for a disgruntled Luka Doncic according to ESPN.
One way or another, this is shaping up to be a very important offseason for the Knicks. What happens this summer will lay the groundwork for many years to come.
Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.