Carmelo Anthony would likely want to follow Chris Paul if traded to Knicks, report says


Carmelo Anthony’s wedding featured one of the most famous toasts in NBA history. Chris Paul, then New Orleans Hornets point guard, was in attendance and announced to the crowd a possible Big Three in New York with him, Anthony (who had just been traded to the Knicks) and Amar’e Stoudemire, who had sign. with the Knicks in 2010. Obviously, that’s not how it turned out. Chris Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers and followed with stints with the Rockets and Thunder. But now he’s back in the commercial market, and the long prophesied partnership with Carmelo seems to be within reach. It could even be in New York.

The Knicks have been linked with Paul for months, and according to the New York Post’s Marc Berman, Anthony “would probably want to follow” Paul to New York if such a trade is completed. The Knicks are now led by Leon Rose, former agent for Anthony and Paul. Reports have linked Anthony to New York independently of Paul, but after their season ended, Anthony revealed he would like to return to the Portland Trail Blazers.

“I pray it can be Portland,” Anthony told reporters after losing Game 5 of Portland’s first round series to the Lakers. “Honestly, I think I found a house in Portland. I felt comfortable with the organization, I got comfortable with the guys on the team, they got comfortable with me, and at this point in my career I think that this is the best fit for me, the best situation, especially having this experience now and sort of just getting my feet wet and just going in and being who I am and staying true to myself. I really hope it can be Portland at the end of the day where we give ourselves a chance to keep this team together, get the guys healthy and have another race. ”

If anything is likely to get him out of Portland, it would be Paul and New York. The two have been close friends for most of their careers and even on vacations together. They spent a brief spell with the Rockets, although Anthony’s struggles led to him being benched and then traded. The rebuilding Knicks wouldn’t be as demanding on Anthony’s play. Their goal at the moment is to change the image of the organization. Repairing the fences with Anthony, who left on bad terms, would be a start. Paul had a big impact on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in Oklahoma City, and could theoretically help the Knicks in the same way.

The Thunder would like Kevin Knox to return from the Knicks in any deal with Paul, but given his struggles over the past two seasons, that’s not an outrageous price tag. The bigger question is how much the Knicks want to invest in veterans as opposed to young talent. Paul has two more years on a max contract, and every possession he and Anthony use would not be available for the development of players like RJ Barrett and their No.8 pick in November. Paul and Anthony finally accomplishing the ten-year-old wedding toast would be a great story, but it wouldn’t necessarily make sense for the Knicks as they are currently built.


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