Chris Paul Requests Trade to New York Knicks

Chris Paul Requests Trade to Knicks, Are You Okay With That?

12/1/11 in NBA   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Ever since the infamous toast at Carmelo Anthony's wedding in which Chris Paul hypothesized about a potential New York Dream Team, rumors of his desire to bolt New Orleans and head to the Big Apple have been ripe. Today, Paul's desire was put into print. Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Paul has formally requested a trade to the Knicks and will not sign a contract extension with the Hornets (who, by the way, are being run by the NBA right now). 

There are two issues this raises. First is the logistics: can the Knicks and the Hornets swing a trade? Second is the moral aspect: Should a player be able to request a trade to a certain team and expect to have that request granted? And should the team acquiesce to that demand?

About the logistics. The Knicks would undoubtedly like to acquire Paul, arguably the best point guard in the NBA, to create a triumvirate with Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire that would rival the star-studded teams in Miami, Boston and Los Angeles. 

However, a trade to New York seems unlikely. The Knicks gutted the underbelly of their team last winter, sending Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov to Denver to add Anthony and a few spare parts (including Chauncey Billups). Their best tradable asset is second-year swingman Landry Fields, who had a surprisingly solid rookie season. After Fields it is a whole lot of nothing. Billups has an ugly contract (and if acquired in a trade it couldn't be amnestied). The Knicks could part with first-round pick Iman Shumpert, but he is completely unproven.

However, New Orleans will want to get something for Paul, who will be a free agent after the season and has already said he wouldn't sign an extension (and also said yesterday that he would not sign an extension with Boston if he was traded to the Celtics). So much like the Nuggets with Anthony last season, the Hornets' hands seem tied.

Now the moral question--is this okay?

Well the NBA has been moving towards mega teams for some time now (see Heat, Miami). However, the new collective bargaining agreement was supposed to maintain a competitive balance in the NBA. It is hard to keep a competitive balance if players are allowed to bully their ways onto whatever team they choose.

Should New Orleans give into the demand? Well, it is a business decision. If no other team will take on Paul, because he will refuse to sign an extension elsewhere, and the Hornets know they can't lock him up long-term, then perhaps they should take what they can get. But the Jazz were able to move Deron Williams last year even without him promising an extension to his new club, the New Jersey Nets.

Even if Paul wiggles his way to New York, the financials get tricky and will make him hard to resign. The Knicks have so much money committed to Stoudemire and Anthony that they would not be able to sign Paul to one of the richest contracts in the league--which he could demand.

I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of a situation that will play out over a long, ugly period of time.

What do you think about it? Should New Orleans deal Paul? Is Paul wrong for making a trad request? 
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12/9/11   |   BBall_Fan   |   6982 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
LOL @ Free The World/Peace On Earth. I believe Ron-Ron goes by Metta Worldpeace now. World B. Free approves.

As much as I would like to have Chris Paul here in Cali, I perfer him to stay with the Hornets until he is a free agent. My God it's only 66 game in the season and it doesn't make any sense for him to waster his money. Stay in New Orleans CP3.

12/9/11   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

heelfan811 wrote:
So true...without CP3, the Hornets will be the new Wizards of the NBA!  Unfortunately the writing is on the wall that Paul wants to go to a winning team because he wants a ring...I see the Lakers snagging him and sending Ron Artest (aka Free the World...uhhh, Peace on Earth...or whatever his name is now) and a draft pick to the Hornets. 

LOL @ Free The World/Peace On Earth. I believe Ron-Ron goes by Metta Worldpeace now. World B. Free approves.

12/6/11   |   BBall_Fan   |   6982 respect

CP3 in Los Angeles would be nice for the Lake show, showtime would really be back on track if that happens. We will see what happens. Season start on Christmas Day.  Go Lakers!

12/6/11   |   heelfan811   |   16229 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
I'm okay with him requesting it, but not okay with it happening.  As a Hornets fan, I know that this team lives and dies with CP3.  It's hard enough to fill the New Orleans Arena as it is for home games.  Louisiana is a football state, so a team has to be overwhelmingly good in order to generate a positive buzz.  No West, No CP3 means there's no way anyone is going to any games.

So true...without CP3, the Hornets will be the new Wizards of the NBA!  Unfortunately the writing is on the wall that Paul wants to go to a winning team because he wants a ring...I see the Lakers snagging him and sending Ron Artest (aka Free the World...uhhh, Peace on Earth...or whatever his name is now) and a draft pick to the Hornets. 

12/6/11   |   BBall_Fan   |   6982 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
I'm okay with him requesting it, but not okay with it happening.  As a Hornets fan, I know that this team lives and dies with CP3.  It's hard enough to fill the New Orleans Arena as it is for home games.  Louisiana is a football state, so a team has to be overwhelmingly good in order to generate a positive buzz.  No West, No CP3 means there's no way anyone is going to any games.

I agree WD12, the Hornets win stat will go down, as well as the Arena seating. CP3 make it very exciting to watch.

12/6/11   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

I'm okay with him requesting it, but not okay with it happening.  As a Hornets fan, I know that this team lives and dies with CP3.  It's hard enough to fill the New Orleans Arena as it is for home games.  Louisiana is a football state, so a team has to be overwhelmingly good in order to generate a positive buzz.  No West, No CP3 means there's no way anyone is going to any games.

12/4/11   |   williamephlin   |   50 respect

 I am okay with him requesting it, but he won't get it. To trade to New York, they would need to trade back good players, such as a bait like $17 Million dollar Chauncey Billups, like what Murphy24 said. I don't like the idea at all, New Orleans should just try to keep for as long as possible, or until his contract expires, next season. For a player like him, on a run down, lone wolf team, he needs to stay. It would be like LeBron to Cleveland, but with JJ Hickson and Mo Williams leaving too. (David West is a free agent for New Orleans now.) If he were to go to New York, there would be no one left to play for New Orleans, with David West gone.

12/3/11   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

If people are still claiming the 1985 draft lottery was a huge conspiracy to send Patrick Ewing to the Knicks, then I can't imagine how they'd react to the NBA-controlled Hornets allowing the Knicks to form a big 3 of Amare, Carmelo and CP3. People would flip out.

12/2/11   |   Murphy24   |   278 respect

New Orleans would need to accept basically a Landry Fields and Chauncey Billups package for Paul. The only chance of this happening is if the team is actually colluding to make their team terrible (remember, until a sale happens N.O. is controlled by the NBA and 31 other owners).

12/1/11   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

He can request whatever he wants, but that doesn't mean he'll get it.  I read somewhere that the Clippers are pretty interested...