I came across this bit in the Post.? According to Marc Berman, sources say that the Hornets are in love with free agent forward, David Lee.? As Berman points out and as we have all discussed extensively, the Knicks can trade for players without having to match salaries because they are under the salary cap.? Also as we all have discussed, point guard Chris Paul just so happens to be a player that would be of major interest to the Knicks if he was ever put on the trading block.
I have a couple of things to say here.? First of all, while the Hornets might love David Lee, I see the chances of his going there as being slim to none.? The Hornets currently have both David West and Emeka Okafor under contract for at least one more season.? I highly doubt that they would look to allocate their resources towards adding another PF making 11-12 million per season.? It just does not make sense for that team.? Of course, one of those two players can be involved in a sign & trade for Lee, but that might be getting a little too far ahead of myself.
As for Chris Paul, many of you know my take on him.? If there was a Plan B this summer to LeBron, Chris Paul would be it.? Even though this is the summer of LeBron, acquiring Chris Paul would be perhaps the best consolation prize possible.? Better than Wade.? Better than Bosh.? Etc., etc.? I think that highly of Chris Paul as a point guard and as a leader.? But as I have noted on other occassions, I have to believe that there will a long line that the Knicks would have to wait on before having a chance to even enter the Paul discussions.? There would be a huge market for Paul, and to be frank, the Knicks do not have the assets to get him.? Unless the Knicks decided to deal away Gallo and Chandler, I think that another franchise would be able to offer a better package.? The Nets, Grizzlies, Clippers, Warriors, and Wolves are five off the top of my head that could have interest and could offer better deals than the Knicks.? I would not get my hopes up for Paul.? I hope that I am wrong and as we all know, sometimes deals go down for business purposes, not necesarily basketball purposes.