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Knicks’ Tom Thibodeau connection and possible Chris Paul trade gets Carmelo Anthony

Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Knicks

When Carmelo Anthony was an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2014, he was very close to signing with the Chicago Bulls, who were coached by Tom Thibodeau. However, Anthony wound up re-signing with the New York Knicks on a monster max contract.

Fast forward to today and Thibodeau is now the head coach of the Knicks, while Anthony is once again an unrestricted free agent. So, is there a chance the Knicks will sign Anthony this offseason as a free agent? It’s possible since New York President of Basketball Operations Leon Rose used to be Anthony’s agent.

Ian Begley of SNY speculates that if Rose can acquire Chris Paul from the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason, there’s a chance Anthony could return to the Knicks.

Rose, of course, used to represent Paul as well at CAA.

The Knicks haven’t made the playoffs or had a winning record since the 2012-13 season. That’s the campaign Carmelo Anthony led the NBA in scoring and was in the MVP conversation.

New York fans are praying Tom Thibodeau can save the franchise. Getting Paul and Anthony would certainly help since the roster in the Big Apple lacks talent.

With the Portland Trail Blazers this season, Anthony averaged 15.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He’s no longer a superstar in the NBA, but he showed at Walt Disney World he’s still capable of scoring 20 points on any given night.

Paul, meanwhile, had a terrific season with the Thunder. He put up 17.6 points and 6.7 assists and led OKC to the playoffs in the rugged Western Conference. While he has a ton of money owed to him moving forward, Paul would be a major upgrade for the Knicks at point guard and could mesh well with Thibodeau.