Chris Paul is off the table for the Knicks. Here is what which means for the membership…
A STRONGER PURSUIT OF WESTBROOK?
Russell Westbrook needs out of Houston. Do the Knicks wish to commerce for Westbrook? There are definitely folks within the group who really feel Westbrook may also help the Knicks in the identical means that Paul might: constructing a successful tradition, serving to the younger Knicks.
However as of late final week, some folks within the group had been cautious of together with an excessive amount of in a Westbrook (or Paul) commerce as a result of they wished to have sufficient property in place to pursue a commerce for an additional star participant.
So long as that’s the prevailing thought for New York, the membership received’t be keen to surrender a lot for Westbrook. So a Westbrook-to-New York deal would come right down to what Houston is searching for in return for a Westbrook commerce.
WHERE ELSE CAN THEY GO AT POINT GUARD?
Primarily based on present draft expectations, the Knicks ought to have the chance to draft Kira Lewis Jr. at No. 8 on Wednesday night time. If Tyrese Halliburton and Killian Hayes are nonetheless on the board as properly, New York could have the prospect to take one of many high level guards within the draft. In fact, if Obi Toppin is out there at No. 8, it’s laborious to see the Knicks taking a degree guard over the Dayton product. However New York ought to have the chance to take a degree guard within the draft on Wednesday. They’ve had contact with Hayes and Lewis Jr. and labored Lewis Jr. out in particular person.
WHAT ABOUT FRED VAN VLEET?
If the Knicks determine to pursue a guard in free company, the highest one available on the market is Fred VanVleet. With Paul in Phoenix, that eliminates one potential suitor for VanVleet. Will the Knicks pursue VanVleet? Groups surveying the VanVleet market imagine that New York would have curiosity in VanVleet however could be hesitant to overpay the guard on a four-year contract. Studying between the traces, it means these groups count on VanVleet to finish up again in Toronto.
WHAT DIRECTION IS NYK GOING IN FOR NEXT YEAR?
Some in contact with the Knicks in current days haven’t gotten a transparent indication on whether or not New York plans to take a affected person method this offseason or take a extra aggressive method by placing collectively a roster attempting to win instantly.
One factor that appears clear after the Paul commerce: New York was unwilling to surrender the sort of property wanted to outbid Phoenix (the Suns reportedly despatched Kelly Oubre, Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque, and a 2022 first-round choose to OKC for Paul.) A
s famous above, some within the group had been cautious of giving up an excessive amount of in a commerce and leaving New York with out the property required to pursue one other high participant through commerce. However Paul’s want to go to Phoenix most likely performed a serious position within the negotiations. If Paul wished to go to New York over different locations, it’s cheap to suppose that the Knicks and Thunder would have labored out a deal.
As others have famous, Devin Booker’s opinion was definitely taken under consideration on this commerce. With Paul in Phoenix, it’s laborious to see Booker demanding a commerce from the Suns at any level over the following two seasons.
ONE LAST THING:
Some with the Knicks had seen Danilo Gallinari as a possible free agent goal if the membership is trying to contend subsequent season. Groups count on Gallinari to go away OKC now that Paul has been dealt. These groups count on Gallinari to look to affix a contender. So if New York decides to take a affected person method to its rebuild, you’ll be able to possible take away Gallinari from the checklist of potential targets. It’s much less clear what the Paul commerce means for a pursuit of free agent Carmelo Anthony.