Derrick Rose is the starting point guard for the New York Knicks in the 2016-2017 NBA Season. If it doesn’t work out for the Big Apple team though, there are NBA rumors that N.Y. will chase Chris Paul in free agency next summer.
Paul has two years left in his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers but he has an Early Termination Option (ETO) for the 2017-2018 season, which means he can be a free agent after the next NBA season.
Paul considering New York is not impossible as he’s close friends with Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. In recent months, there are rumors that the buddies want to play together for the same team.
Paul’s decision will most likely rely on how the Clippers perform next season. If Los Angeles struggles in the NBA Playoffs again, their starting point guard might consider a team like the Knicks, which will have salary cap space to add a star next season.
The Clippers has “Lob City” featuring Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. However, they have been disappointing in the postseason the last few years and if nothing changes in L.A. next season, management might consider breaking up the the trio and move on to rebuilding the team.
Paul in New York is also a good fit with an established veteran star in Anthony plus rising big man Kristaps Porzingis.
Rose was traded from the Chicago Bulls earlier this summer but only has one year left in his contract. Rose’s and New York’s performance this season will also decide his fate with the team and how much will he earn in his next contract. With his injury problems, Rose is pressured to return to star level or he won’t get a big contract in free agency.
Will Chris Paul eventually play with Carmelo Anthony with the New York Knicks? Or can Derrick Rose prove that he is their long-term solution at their starting guard position?
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