Chris Paul’s agent informed New Orleans officials on Wednesday that his client will not sign a contract extension and wants to be traded to the New York Knicks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. As soon as the NBA lifts its lockout restrictions, Hornets general manager Dell Demps wants to meet with Paul and hear that directive from him.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s a when. Not an if.
Face it: Chris Paul will leave the New Orleans Hornets as a free agent in July of 2012 to most likely sign with the New York Knicks.
Everything else is a formality. Like the 2011 season. Like turning down extension offers from the New Orleans Hornets. Like informing management he’ll leave.
To be fair, this isn’t just about small markets vs. large markets. Or, playing in the bright lights of The Big Apple.
This, in fact, is fate.
A few years ago, Paul attended Carmelo Anthony’s wedding where he toasted to playing alongside ‘Melo and Amar’e Stoudemire at Madison Square Gardens for the Knicks.
Two of the pieces are in place. Stoudemire signed with the Knicks as a free agent in the summer of 2010, while Anthony was traded to the NYC last February.
For months, they’ve been waiting for Paul to form a Big Three to rival the superstar trio in Miami.
When that happens the Knicks will take another step in the Eastern Conference. There’s no if about that.
Got thoughts? Well, get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below.