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Carmelo Anthony Doesn’t Understand Salary Cap, Suggest Chris Paul Has Future In NY

Everyone remembers Carmelo Anthony’s wedding, at which Chris Paul toasted to the idea of joining forces with Amar’e Stoudemire and ‘Melo in New York to “make their own big three.” At the time, only Amar’e was on the Knicks’ roster. But after New York completed a midseason blockbuster trade for ‘Melo, Paul was later shipped to the Clippers. Then yesterday, after USA Basketball wrapped up a practice, ‘Melo walked through the media room and suggested Paul will still be a Knick in the near future.

As a die-hard Knicks fan, I can tell you firsthand how excited Chris Paul’s toast made me, despite how ludicrous I thought the prospect of the three players joining forces were. When the Knicks pulled off the ‘Melo trade, my interest piqued. But after signing Tyson Chandler to a four year, $58 million deal, and committing cap space to the likes of Steve Novak, Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby, and most likely Jeremy Lin, I’m going to make this very clear for Carmelo Anthony.

The New York Knicks cannot sign Chris Paul.

It’s quite simple, actually. You don’t have to be a mathematician, just someone who understands which number is bigger than the other. Gasoline was poured on the fire speculating Paul may depart the Clippers when he turned down a three-year extension from the Clippers this offseason, but that was likely due to the fact the team can offer him a five-year deal that could eclipse the $100 million mark next season when Paul officially becomes a free agent. But the Knicks, who signed Stoudemire to a five-year deal worth nearly $100 million two years ago, simply would not have the money to sign Paul.

Let’s look at the facts:

This is the Knicks projected cap commitments—approximately—over the next three years. Again, it accounts for the fact that Lin and Fields have signed offer sheets with different clubs, but New York seems likely to match on Lin, and has expressed interest in matching on Fields. So, unless ‘Melo wants CP3 so badly in New York he’s willing to get traded to Los Angeles, it ain’t gonna happen.

h/t Larry Brown Sports

  • Jonathan Cantor

    Umm..Chris Paul also jokingly said yesterday that the NY beat writers would speculate this very same thing (him going to NY).

  • Emmanuel

    Couldn’t this deal still happen if the knicks trade amare or chandler before signing Chris Paul?

  • Evan Sporer

    Don’t know anyone in their right mind that would take on the Amar’e contract.

  • http://twitter.com/andonni anthony

    Would a sign and trade work for instance getting rid of Fields, Lin and Camby or Kidd to clear up some room for Paul. Even then Melo and Amare would most likely have to give some money back but is that possible?

  • ColinS

    Uhmm, Lin offer sheet is 5 mil 2012/2013, 5.2 mil 2013/14…

  • Evan Sporer

    Yes, the Lin figures are incorrect. Was looking at $10.2 mil figure in what he would make COMBINED in first two years. Also, unless a team had enough cap space to absorb some of the Knick’s larger contracts, they would have to send back equivalent cap in a sign-and-trade, not clearing any space for New York.

  • hot diggidy

    They would obviously do a trade which will involve sumones hefty contract thats here u dumb dweeb

  • Tgmetsfan69

    they would trade amare in either a trade  for paul or as a method to clear the cap space to sign paul.  The knicks have what, 2 or 3 mil in cap space, clear the 20 mil that amare is owed and that leaves you with about five mil more than paul is making this year

  • AveHI

    Well, JLin and Fields are not in the fold anymore, so look at all the money that could go to CP3, and for crying out loud, let STAT go for CP3 if thats what needs to happen, we all know that CP3 would love nothing more than to play with “his man” TC.

  • http://twitter.com/anthonytdee207 anthony G. Decesare

    At trade deadline, if felton is.playing well an offer of felton, Tyson Chandler and Oman shumpert is possible…a starting 5 of Paul, Brewer/Smith at the 2, melo, amare and camby would be.interesting….we would have the bird rights to sign Jr to a long.term deal next summer.

  • lol

    you’re stupid, he understands the new CBA, his team can make trades

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