Chris Paul Reacts To Knicks Rumors

‘They're Trying To Take Some Of That Attention Away From That Spike Lee Stuff'

Brandon Contes
March 06, 2020 - 7:14 pm

With former player agent Leon Rose now serving as president of the New York Knicks, the organization has been linked to some of his previous clients including the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chris Paul.

Walking up a Madison Square Garden tunnel ahead of the Thunder’s Friday night matchup against the Knicks, Paul was heard candidly commenting on recent rumors about him heading to New York next season.

“They're trying to take some of that attention away from that Spike Lee stuff,” Paul said referring to the Knicks recent feud with their longtime celebrity fan. Reports of the Knicks possible interest in Paul first came from SiriusXM's Frank Isola who is unlikely to do the team any favors by squashing a negative story.

At 34-years old, Paul is in the middle of a resurgent season, still playing like one of the league’s best point guards and likely leading the Thunder to the playoffs. Averaging 17.5 points, 6.7 assists and 1.5 steals on the year, the future Hall-of-Famer has already played more games this season than he had since 2015-16.

His proven leadership would certainly benefit the Knicks young roster, so would his skill, but as an aging veteran, Paul is under contract until 2022 at an exorbitant cost. The point guard is set to earn $41 million next season and $45 million in 2021-22, which is a player option year.

According to The Ringer, the Houston Rockets attempted to trade Paul to New York last offseason, but the Knicks declined. Instead, Paul was moved to Oklahoma City in exchange for Russell Westbrook.