When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one player to dissolve the professional bands which have connected him with others, wild speculation ensues. Almost immediately after the NBA Lockout was settled, Chris Paul's agent informed the Hornet's management that he "wants to be traded to the New York Knicks" and would not be signing a contract extension. There is certainly a precedent for this type of conduct; for better or worse, players holding their teams hostage during a contract year has become the norm (a norm preserved in the form of extend-and-trades as part of the new CBA).
However, while Chris Paul has expressed a serious interest in the Knicks, the Hornets have good reason to not be seriously interested in making a deal with them. The Knickerbockers unloaded essentially all of their tradeable assets (assuming Amar'e and Melo are untouchable) in their dealings with the Denver Nuggets, leaving them very little with which to entice New Orleans. However, if the Knicks get creative there's still a chance that this deal can happen - here are the three most creative trade options which end in Chris Paul in the orange and blue.
1) Knicks Get: Chris Paul Greece Gets: Bailout Hornets Get: Greece
Although the Knicks lack trade assets, the one thing Jim Dolan can always count on is money. Everybody wins in this deal: the Knicks get Paul, Greece gets solvency, and the Hornets get the rights to all players and olives coming out of Greece in the next 10 years.
2) Knicks Get: Chris Paul Hornets Get: Rights to Isiah Thomas, Marv Albert
The Knicks' current players may not be attractive trade bait, but the Garden's famous player and play-by-play man represent a tantalizing deal for the Hornets. If anything, the Knicks are overpaying with this one.
3) Knicks Get: Chris Paul Hornets Get: Spike Lee, Landry Fields, 2030-2035 first round picks
The 2030-2035 first round picks are the only first rounders the Knicks haven't already traded away. Spike Lee is essentially Chris Paul with more Knicks gear and two fewer knees, and after Landry Fields retires he can put his Standford degree to good use in the front office. There's no downside to this deal.
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