Rumor: Thunder want first-rounder, prospect (like Knicks’ Kevin Knox) for Chris Paul
Thunder reportedly tried to give away Chris Paul last off-season, but the teams - including the Knicks - said no.
Paul had a resurgent season. He showed leadership in an imperfect situation. His contract is now a year shorter and $ 38,506,482 cheaper.
What would it take to get him now?
Marc Berman of the New York Post:
Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti will likely want a first-round pick and a young prospect still on his rookie contract, several league officials believe.
According to the source, that young player would preferably be Knox
As for the general framework, this makes sense. However, there are issues that would significantly affect the value. Which selection in the first round and how is it protected? How would the other team get Paul's salary of $ 41,358,814 for the next season? (The Knicks might open enough space for the cap to absorb Paul's salary right away, or they might prefer to discharge Julius Randle.)
And of course the exact view is a big variable.
Does Berman's source know Presti is particularly fond of Kevin Knox? Or is the source just speculating on Presti's general predilection for sporty wings? I wouldn't take it either way. But New York might be ready to part with Knox.
If this doesn't work for the Knicks, they can always move to another star.
Rumor: Thunder wants first round, prospect (like Kevin Knox of Knicks) on Chris Paul originally appeared on NBCSports.com
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