The Oklahoma City Thunder could be headed for a rebuild after Chris Paul led them nearly to winning a playoff series. Could this present an opportunity for the New York Knicks?
After having a season good enough to land a spot on the All-NBA Second-Team, it’s expected that Paul will receive no shortage of trade interest from around the league. The Knicks could be one of the teams that look to get a deal done with the Thunder.
According to Jonathan Macri of Knicks Film School, New York is ‘readying initial offers’ to potentially acquire Paul from the Thunder. Two of the players that have been involved in internal discussions include Julius Randle and Kevin Knox.
It would make the most sense for the Thunder to receive a trade package that emphasizes draft compensation from the Knicks. The young players New York has on its roster are quite underwhelming and trading for them wouldn’t be worth it in a deal that involves Paul.
There will be competition for the Knicks in their efforts of trading for Paul. Perhaps what’s most fascinating of all is that one year ago, many considered his contract an albatross. Now, his trade value has been rehabilitated and he appears to have plenty of good basketball left to play.
It remains unclear where Chris Paul will be playing in the NBA by the time next season tips off. Regardless, it seems increasingly unlikely it will be with the Thunder. Will a contender make an aggressive push for the future Hall of Fame point guard? Or will a young team seeking a star and mentorship?
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