You down with O.P.P.?
Other people’s players?
Yea, you are.
So that is why—despite the Knicks turning in their best season since 1996 and grabbing their first Atlantic Division title since 1994—Knicks fans are quietly reliving their elementary school math classes. Adding two and two together, subtracting a long-term extension and calculating whether (and how) the Knicks can some way end up with Chris Paul.
The short answer is yes, it is possible, though highly improbable.
Paul would likely have to be willing to accept less than the $18.7 million max. salary he could earn under the first year of his new deal. The Knicks would have to give up several players they would probably rather keep, and the Clippers would probably have to agree to a trade that may not suit them.
Maybe all of the above.
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No, they actually can’t. Sign-and-trades are illegal for teams over the luxury tax starting this offseason.
Too confused nigga
Additionally, Smith’s previous salary would still count towards the cap until he signed a new contract, with the Knicks or someone else. So in order to sign Paul the Knicks would most likely need to void their early bird rights, reducing the amount of money they could afford to pay Smith from 5.7 (early bird rights) to 3mil (MLE)