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Knicks trade target: Chris Paul

Once Leon Rose took over as team president, it was easy to link his “favorite client” from his time at CAA to the Knicks. Perhaps the most polarizing option for Rose to put his mark on the roster would be to swing a deal for the 35-year-old point guard, Chris Paul, who is set to make $41.4 million next season and $44.2 million the season after that.

For many fans, trading for an expensive player past their prime is typical Knicks. It would be a sign that despite a change in leadership and a revamped front office, the poor judgment in roster building remains.

However, for others, Paul represents an opportunity. While his contract explodes to astronomical heights over the next two years, it is only for two years. The Knicks have a young roster with RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, and their 2020 lottery pick offering their strongest case for a traditional rebuild. Rose, with cap specialist Brock Aller, doesn’t have to worry about paying any of those young pieces until Paul’s contract would expire anyway.

Could the ten-time All-Star bridge the gap from the time the Knicks spend developing their young players until they are ready to compete in the Eastern Conference by offering veteran leadership and a well-respected spokesperson to showcase Madison Square Garden as an attractive destination again?