Sources: Knicks Paul’s First Choice
But while (Carmelo) Anthony’s foundation is behind the event, it is (Chris) Paul who likely will be the face of it, what with New York’s basketball faithful and, although they can never admit it publicly, New York’s basketball brass eager to see him in a Knicks uniform.
And unlike the situation with (LeBron) James, whom the city begged and pleaded to sign with the Knicks in 2010, visions of Paul in blue and orange are steeped in reality, not mere fantasy. Paul’s first choice by far is to team up with the Knicks’ Anthony and Amare Stoudemire to form yet another Eastern Conference big three, according to sources close to the situation.
The Knicks should have enough room beneath the salary cap next summer to offer Paul, who can become a free agent after this season, a contract starting around $13.5 million, just less than the maximum. And while New Orleans could offer him more money, Paul, like his buddies James and Wade did in 2010, will gladly take a little less to join the team of his choice.