Report: Chris Paul Requests Trade To Knicks

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Finally, basketball facilities are open. NBA players are back.

Say it with us: YES!

But the big news focused on Chris Paul, who insisted this week that his heart was “in New Orleans.”

On Wednesday, Yahoo! Sports reported that Paul’s agent, Leon Rose, informed the Hornets that he wanted a trade to the Knicks.

Paul and Carmelo Anthony are friends who spent time together this summer and it’s long been speculated they wanted to play together, but Anthony denied trying to recruit his Olympic teammate.

“As far as me recruiting Chris Paul, no, not at all,” he said at the Knicks’ training facility. “We’re very close friends. I’m pretty sure you guys saw him in New York a lot due to the player meetings and stuff like that, but we’ve never had any conversation about him coming to New York. That’s something that I would leave up to him, him and his family. I’m staying away from that.”

The Anthony trade saga lasted from the summer of 2010 until Denver finally dealt him to the Knicks in February, and he said he doesn’t think the NBA needs a repeat of it now. Yet, he also realizes that “regardless of what I’m saying right here today, that will be the biggest topic, the biggest discussion, at the beginning of the season, the beginning of training camp.”

“I’ve talked to him about that,” said Anthony. “I’m pretty sure there’s a certain part of him that doesn’t want to deal with that.”

Paul will do his best to ignore it.

“I don’t think about it, to tell you the truth,” he said. “I’m just ready to get out here and compete and hoop. This is what I do.”

It might not be that easy. Just ask Melo.

“That’s going to be a sensitive situation,” Anthony said. “I don’t want to see him go through that because I know, personally, how that feels.”

Do you think the Knicks will land Paul this season? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • Frank LaGaipa

    If I was GM of the Knicks i’d Offer N.O. Billups,Fields,Douglas and Walker for Paul and Ewing Jr. Maybe with Billups expiring contract and the stacked list of 2012 free agent point guards N.O. might bite.
    If that works out sign a cheap SG maybe Chris Douglas-Roberts.
    And who knows maybe we even get Wilson Chandler back in February
    I would also try and sign Greg Oden as well. Id rather see him fail in N.Y. than succeed in Miami.

  • mike dayem

    if ny knicks don’t make trade before dec9 what season going look like for ny knicks ready don’t want see lebron james and miami heat in final i what see ny knicks in final

  • mike dayem

    look ny knicks it going come true for fan but GM for ny knicks need call anything team who have fist round picks for ny knicks beause once we get fist round pick we could trade for dwight howard and cris paul i would like see them on ny knicks .they need make three way trade pick up dwight howard and chris paul .i love see dream team ny knicks start line up with dwight howard and chris paul and anthony together it would be a dream for me and ny knicks fan see that ps you bulid a team around dwight howard and chris paul and carlmeo anthony not AMRE

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