Chris Paul Responded To New York Knicks Rumors
Chris Paul responded to rumors of the New York Knicks pursuing him this summer during a recent interview with the media on Friday.
Earlier this week, Frank Isola of Sirius XM NBA Radio suggested that New York had plans to look into acquiring the 34-year-old during the offseason.
Because of how well Paul has performed with the Oklahoma City Thunder this past season, many feel like he has breathed fresh life into his career. So far this year, Paul is averaging 17.5 points and 6.8 assists per outing. The scoring total is higher than what he was doing with the Houston Rockets one year ago.
Isola noted that Paul’s $85 million contract and age made him a tough sell for a lot of teams around the NBA, but apparently the Knicks are not one not them. New York, he says, would value his production and leadership.
All that, coupled with his former agent Leon Rose becoming the team’s head of basketball operations, seems to indicate a pathway to the Knicks for Paul.
On Friday, Paul was asked if he has ever imagined playing for the Knicks.
He kept his response short and sweet.
“I imagine playing in Boston on Sunday,” he said.
“That’s the only thing I think about. Shoot, I haven’t seen my kids since All-Star. Might not see them until April. That’s the only thing that’s on my mind.”
The Knicks, according to NBA sources, have been gathering intel on All Star Chris Paul and could make a run at him this summer. Paul, 34, carries a huge contract but he’s had a resurgent season in OKC & is proven leader. (He was also once represented by…Leon Rose.)
— Frank Isola (@TheFrankIsola) March 5, 2020
While obviously Paul cannot say anything one way or the other about the rumors, he no doubt has some interest playing in a market like New York. At the end of the day, it will probably lead to more money for him – which is all a player can really ask for as his career winds down.
Will the Knicks, with Paul, be a playoff team? Probably not. But will they still be better than what they currently are? Absolutely.