CON: Price to acquire him
Taking on a contract worth close to $90 million over the next two seasons in the shadow of a global pandemic that has shuttered arenas across the country should come with a sweetener.
Chris Paul proved he still has gas left in his tank, but the 35-year-old All-Star is clearly on the back-end of his career. It would seem most prudent for the Knicks to explore a trade for him by asking for draft picks in compensation for absorbing his contract.
That said, Thunder beat writer Joe Mussatto wrote last week that the Thunder aren’t likely to attach draft picks to shed Paul’s salary, hoping his recent performance will increase demand for his services.
Who knows what the actual market will look like for the future Hall-of-Famer, but if the Knicks end up acquiring Paul by sending out draft picks and/or young players without receiving an adequate discount for his contract, it would be a net loss.
The Knicks aren’t one player away from competing for a championship. They wouldn’t be acquiring Paul to partner him with a star player who is already on their roster. A move for the Point God would help them move the needle in the positive direction in the near-term, but it can’t come at too much of a cost to the overall rebuild.
The Knicks have several young players and future draft picks to either develop or use as chips in a trade for a young star player. They can’t afford to spend too much of that capital in acquiring Paul.