July 9, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Team USA guard Chris Paul during practice at the UNLV Mendenhall Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

New York Knicks: Are Knicks Letting Jeremy Lin Walk With Eyes on Chris Paul?

When this entire process of spending big money to contend started for the New York Knicks, the name Chris Paul was a constant target for the Knicks.

Mar 21, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin (17) during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Knicks defeated the Sixers 82-79. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Dating back to 2010 at Carmelo Anthony’s wedding the thought of CP3 in a Knicks uniform became a real one.

Then there was last offseason when it looked like the Knicks were freeing up cap space for Paul, but didn’t have the necessary trade assets to bring him to the Big Apple.

Then came the poor point guard play at the beginning of last season and the emergence of Jeremy Lin, temporarily solving the Knicks point guard dilemma.

However with the events of the past couple days and the possible exit of Lin, could owner James Dolan and general manager Glen Grunwald be sacrificing Lin with their eyes on a bigger prize?

That would be giving that duo way too much credit, but there’s a chance that having their eyes on Paul could play into their upcoming decision.

Everyone knows CP3 has a desire to play in New York.

If that is Dolan’s end game, he would have no chance to make that happen by matching Lin’s three-year, $25-plus million offer sheet. If the decision came down to the two guards, no one in their right mind is taking Lin over Paul.

Lin may have been viewed as a savior in the Big Apple, but any deal that would prevent the Knicks from taking a run at Paul when his contract expires at the end of next season just isn’t a smart one.

Lin may make the Knicks a better team next year than Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd, but Paul makes the Knicks legitimate championship contenders for a couple of seasons.

As nice of a story and as big of a fan of Lin’s that I am, I can’t find even the smallest reason to justify paying him $15 million three years from now, with such a small sample size. Paul though has been a proven commodity and the best point guard in the NBA. I’d rather take my chances on an MVP candidate.

Paul would be a much better option for this Knicks team and that’s no disrespect to Lin, but if the goal is a championship, a proven point guard that can get it done at both ends of the floor would be nice.

At the very minimum, the Knicks will be in the running for him next offseason.

Of course that is assuming the Knicks brass has their eyes on CP3.

I’m probably giving them way too much credit for thinking that far ahead. But if Paul is on the Knicks radar, he just may be worth making the unpopular decision of sacrificing Lin for.

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