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Report: Chris Paul knows he’s not getting traded to Knicks

Dec 2, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

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Chris Paul may have asked to be traded to the New York Knicks. Or he may not have.

But either way he knows he’s not getting there by a trade.

That is the spin coming out of the report this week that Paul demanded a trade to play with Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire in New York. Take these quotes from a story by Ric Bucher at ESPN.

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

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.

So to sum up: An associate of Paul or his agent, with or without the player’s blessing, got word to the Hornets that Paul wanted to be traded to the Knicks. Paul has denied saying it (which is why you have associates do it) and at the very least understands that trade is not coming together. Not without a far more complex multi-team deal where other teams get assets to the Hornets.

So now what?

Demps watched Denver last year wait other teams out until they got the best offer they could get (thank you James Dolan) and pulled the trigger. That may happen here. A team sits back and tries to woo Paul and if he expresses interest then the two sides start talking trade seriously.

Also, don’t be shocked if when he is traded it is not a sign-and-trade. He can make more money going the free agent route like Deron Williams is doing.

  1. sonofsambowie - Dec 2, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    This comedy of errors continues…

  2. mgscott - Dec 2, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Yet another selfish NBA player. This is why people really don’t care if they play or not.

  3. darealrandolph - Dec 2, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    MY prediction
    New York Knick get chris paul if NO wanna get the best offer its from the knicks because if i were the hornets i would lets cp3 go to knicks ,suck for the year ,be a lottery team with cap space then draft well that the only way hornets can rebuild cuz no star player will play their. they need to rebiuld through the draft and hope they get a superstar
    knicks can help them build their for the future faster if they send cp3 us

    Lets go Knicks

    • darealrandolph - Dec 2, 2011 at 6:07 PM

      wilson chandler wants to play with the knicks
      1.Kwame brown
      2.Amare Stoudemire
      3.Carmelo Anthony
      4.Wilson Chandler
      5.Chris Paul
      soon be champs
      GO NEW YORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KNICKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • beagle11 - Dec 3, 2011 at 12:22 AM

        Hey John Wooden, its 1 through 5 starting with the point guard and ending with the center, not the other way around

    • theoleboy - Dec 2, 2011 at 8:05 PM

      I’m sorry but you really think the best thing for New Orleans is to trade Chris Paul for essentially nothing to the Knicks so the Hornets can suck so bad that they get a lottery pick? Do you honestly think any General Manager thinks that way?

      I understand you are a Knicks fan, but this is insane/incredibly insane.

      ‘Knicks can help them build their for the future faster if they send cp3 us’ – This line made my night. Thank you for that!

  4. darealrandolph - Dec 2, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Dwight Howard want to play with Deron Williams and Josh Smith in New York/Brooklyn

  5. darealrandolph - Dec 2, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    BROOKLYN NETS: Billy King nets takes a chance knowing that d12 or dwill might wont sign with them after the season but try to convince them Brooklyn is the place to be
    1.Dwight Howard (might leave or stay)
    2.acquire nene through free agent then gets traded for Josh Smith (hawks need a center and move Horford to PF)
    3. Hedo Turkgolu
    4.Anthony Marrow
    5. Deron Williams (might leave or stay)

  6. darealrandolph - Dec 2, 2011 at 6:34 PM

  7. kevinchrist23 - Dec 2, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    He should stay with the hornets

  8. pmtrain - Dec 2, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    @darealrandolph –

    I am going to assume for your behalf, and that of all educated English speakers everywhere, that you are an immigrant and English is not your first language….*wink…*ahem!!!

    That being said, your premise is laughable and factually inaccurate. Not only do the Knicks not have anything in the form of tradeable assets that NO would want (Billups is a joke), but even the ones they do will not equal Paul’s salary to make the $$ work. The NBA cap is a fickle beast. When a team is over the cap (NYK) they cannot sign people beyond certain ways (i.e. Mid Level Exception, Bi Annual Exception, etc.) and when they acquire players from teams under the cap (NO) the $ has to match up along with the amount of players being exchanged in order to fit under the max # of players per roster (15).

    Neither of those things can be accomplished by NYK and that is why this trade will not happen. CP3 is not going to NY unless a magical 3rd team steps in, and that won’t happen because there is nothing for them to gain.

  9. bostonianpride - Dec 3, 2011 at 2:24 AM

    Randolph that has to be the worst argument for a team to trade a player I have ever heard. If you really think that trading Paul to the Knicks and sucking for a year to get a lottery pick is the best plan then you are truly delusional. First off there is no guarantee that the Hornets will even get the #1 pick because of the lottery. Secondly how in anyway would dealing Paul to the Knicks help the Hornets? Cap space and a lottery pick? Come on let’s be serious! The Knicks have absolutely NO pieces to put together a deal for Paul since they traded everything for Melo last year. There is NO way the Hornets are going to give up arguably the best PG in the game for nothing.

  10. diablito0402 - Dec 3, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    Knicks fans are so optimistic ill give you guys that, your franchise is a crap hole and laughing stock of the nba for decades, even lechoke, not the smartest dude in the world knew that and turned the knicks down..

  11. rgonzales1287 - Dec 3, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    I hate how people get on the NBA news, knowing they don’t like the sport, have to put there sorry input. If you don’t like the sport get outta, go write sone crap on the NFL page, you don’t see people going to there page and doing that. Let us basketball fans enjoy our sport that is back

  12. darealrandolph - Dec 3, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    I found our center we need to sign Ryan Hollins, he 7″0feet, athletic young(27) and would be great in mike system. get him for cheap and move amare to pf plus we styll can get cp3
    check out his highlight.

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