The little-known rule that could derail Chris Paul to Knicks hype train
The New York Knicks have been identified as a possible destination for Chris Paul if he decided to leave the Phoenix Suns in the offseason. As it turns out, however, there’s this little-known rule in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that might just take the Knicks out of the race to sign CP3.
Marc Berman of the New York Post recently spoke with former Brooklyn Nets executive Bobby Marks, who himself is quite adept with the CBA as well as the league’s cap space policies. According to Marks, there’s an obscure bylaw in the CBA that will allow the Suns to offer Paul a four-year deal while the Knicks will only be able to put a three-season deal on the table.
Despite already being 36, Paul is still likely to earn a long-term deal simply because of his tremendous level of play this season. According to Marks, he believes that if Paul opts out of his $44 million player option for next season, the Suns will be willing to offer him a three-year deal in the range of $100 million. Should the Knicks match this offer, this is likely when Phoenix will use the bylaw to their advantage by adding a fourth year in the contract.
What is clear is that the Suns have no intention of letting Paul walk away. He’s already shown them that he’s worth every penny of his current deal so Phoenix should be more than willing to break the bank for the point god.