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CP3 knows Knicks aren't a realistic possibility?

Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:51 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 12:52 pm
Posted by Royce Young

It's good to know Chris Paul doesn't live in a dream world. Because everyone pretty much understands that there's absolutely no way he can force a trade to the Knicks, unless for some reason Hornets general manager Dell Demps is just enthralled with Iman Shumpert and Landry Fields.

According to, Paul "knows being dealt to the Knicks is not a realistic possibility."

Thursday, there was a report saying that CP3 had requested a trade to the Knicks. Already there's one report refuting that, but this one does the same.

"He has not asked for a trade to the Knicks because he knows the Knicks don't have anything to offer," a source said. "He wouldn't insult the Hornets by doing that."

But also this: "The source did not confirm or deny reports that a representative for Paul has told the Hornets their point guard wants to be traded to the Knicks, but league sources say team general manager Dell Demps will not take any action until he hears directly from Paul regarding his intentions."

This is how it works though. There's a back-and-forth, a lot of stuff being done in the dark and a lot of whispers one way and not the other. It's all a PR game. CP3 doesn't want to stay in New Orleans, especially if that roster isn't going to be built to contend. So he's trying to plan the best exit he can possible. Where it looks like he wanted to be there but just couldn't refuse the offer he got.

That starts by making sure everyone knows that he's not "requesting" a trade to New York, even if he really is.

With Paul very likely not re-signing with the Hornets, Demps would prefer to get max value out of him and that would happen by dealing him before the season. If CP3 has decided it's Knicks or bust, another team might think it could sway CP3 into re-signing there with a season in their city. As Matt Moore of points out, Orlando could be that perfect one-year destination.

Since: Jul 31, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:46 pm

CP3 knows Knicks aren't a realistic possibility?

Basketball in NYC is a bigger thing than anywhere else. For as much that the Franchise hasn't won Championships, it's probably the oldest building that Basketball Professionally, Collegiately, and High School still plays in. The fans are very knowledgeable of the sport as well, that is why Jordan himself even called it the best arena to play basketball in. The fans appreciate basketball period. The Knicks sold out the arena when they were the laughing stock of the NBA, Lebron James had no interest in going to the Knicks because the Fans would jump on him if he failed to put it all on the line, and as we saw in the finals last year, if it was New York, he would be crying. Yet, since he went to Miami he knew that not all blame would go to him, since there are D Wade and C Bosh to put blame on also, yet they played their all in the finals, and a Knick fan would respect that. Knick fans respect ballers and true give it their players. I guess you and Lebron must have the same type of panic then.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:39 pm

CP3 knows Knicks aren't a realistic possibility?

I wish someone would clarify if Paul really wants be in New York, or if he really wants to be on the Knicks. Honestly, a burning desire to be on the Knicks makes no sense. For all their pompous delusions about being the world's "mecca" of basketball, what have the Knicks ever done? Is there a more overrated franchise in any sport? The Houston Rockets have more rings than the Knicks. So does Detroit. Portland and Milawaukee have as many (one) as the absurdly trumpeted New York Knickerbockers. I just don't get it. One person that seemingly agrees with me is LeBron James, as he had zero interest in going to the big Apple. Someone explain.

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