The New York Knicks should not party like it’s 2012

Bob Konarski
New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony
Feb 12, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) yells to the crowd after hitting a three-point basket during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The new team president of the New York Knicks, Leon Rose, is trying to bring back old 2012 rumors and make it a reality.  Rose is, allegedly, connected to Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul becoming Knicks.

The Knicks are “gathering intel” on Paul for the possibility of, finally, bringing him to New York.  First off, what does that even mean?  What intel do they need to gather?  Paul has been in the league for awhile and consistently a top tier guard.  They should have everything they need.

Paul gets big money with 2 years left on his current deal.   He’ll earn $41.3 million next season then $44.2 million in 2021-22, player option.  Paul is having a great year averaging 17.5 points on 48.8% shooting, 6.7 assists and 4.9 boards.  He also has the Thunder as the 6th seed in the West.

Rose wants to pair Paul with Anthony, which was a Knicks fans dream in 2012.  Bringing back Anthony on a veteran minimum contract would be fine.  He would be looked to teach the younger players, but that isn’t Anthony.  That isn’t his style and it would be 2015 all over again.

But, to get Paul, the team would most likely have to give up first round picks and young players.  Not ideal, considering the Knicks finally have first round picks, 7 in the next 4 years.  Plus Paul’s contract is a lot of money for an aging star.  Let’s not go down that road again adding older players.

Paul would be able to teach the younger players also and would have a different effect as compared to Anthony.  But, the New York Knicks don’t need to fill the roster with former clients of Rose.  That’s not how to build a winning team, especially a team that’s currently rebuilding.