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  • We wanted to pick your front office brain, though, to evaluate a few potential trade destinations for Chris Paul.

  • We all believe he is going to be on the move prior to next season, so we're going to give you a few potential deals, courtesy of our friend Tim Bontemps.

  • Tim cooked all these up on the trade machine on.

  • We want to ask you about the potential fit for CP at the end.

  • I mean is going to rank all the teams for us as well.

  • So first up the New York Knicks, I mean, your childhood team.

  • You worked for this team fizz you coach for this team.

  • And here is what it would look like with Chris Paul.

  • Playing for this team are Tim Bontemps provided this potential trade because the Knicks have so much cap space available, they could send Dennis Smith Jr to the thunder and just absorb Paul's contract.

  • That's that's simple.

  • So, I mean, what do you think about his potential fit with the Knicks?

  • Awful fit.

  • Awful fit on so many levels.

  • Number one, the Knicks whole thing.

  • Uh, in the summer of 2019 waas, we missed out, but guess what?

  • 2021 big free agents on the way.

  • Let's keep that flexibility.

  • So every deal they signed was like a two year deal or a one year deal by doing this deal, they were basically saying, You know what?

  • Never mind on 2021.

  • I mean, it is a new front office, though.

  • I mean, I get it.

  • But I think the plan, even though we may not agree what they did in the short term in the long term, the idea of kicking the ball ahead to 2021 That's something that we can get on board with.

  • And when you talk about Chris Paul at his age and that salary of the last a couple of years of his deal, it just doesn't fit up with the timeline the Knicks on.

  • And then, from Chris Paul's perspective, what am I gonna do?

  • I'm going to a team and help them be in 18 and get swept in the first round.

  • That's not what he's looking for.

  • This this point in his career.

  • Well, you know what I mean is absolutely right.

  • I wouldn't wish mix on my man Chris Paul, not at this stage of his career.

  • I mean, come on, man.

  • I mean, you're talking about a vet who's obviously gonna be a Hall of Famer.

  • A team that's on the rebuild guy looking, you know, secure his legacy, even mawr, by winning a championship.

  • Terrible fits.

  • Just like I mean said, Well, I think I think ultimately, you know, you can't try to go big game hunting all the time.

  • You may plan for 2021 I think.

  • You know, I got this money and we're gonna go, But that doesn't mean you're gonna get the guys I went through.

  • It s so I think the Knicks have to be open to a lot of different things.

  • Would he be a great fit for them?

  • Absolutely.

  • I think he would fit those kids Mental Robinson going to the rim.

  • They get a, you know, some more spacing and some shooting.

  • Absolutely.

  • He would fit the big stage.

  • He doesn't get sick, but for him and where he's at in his career, I'm just not sure that that's a good fit for him and what he's trying to do, which is when big having been through it, having been trying to get big free agents to come and have them not land, Do you think is that the Knicks should change their mindset a little bit and operate almost more?

  • I don't see a small market team, but a team that isn't expecting to get a lot of free agents.

  • So they do have to acquire big name players through trades like this.

  • Well, I do that.

  • I just think you gotta be, you know, meticulous about building your team and not think that you're just gonna land this big shark all the time.

  • And so if you can acquire winning pieces along the way that fit into your mentality, you're trying to build into your team the type of guys you're trying to build bring into your culture, you snatch him up when you can.

  • And if a big fishes out there, yeah, you take him.

  • But that shouldn't knock you off of what you're trying to do.

  • Or if you see opportunities to improve your team along the wait till 2021 you should take those opportunities.

  • Well, I mean, certainly we saw what Chris Paul could do with young players.

  • Hey, mentor, those guys in Oklahoma City, I mean one thing.

  • One thing.

  • Not the New York players.

  • Yeah, exactly.

  • You gotta have a plan.

  • You gotta have a Actually, I think that I disagree with him because I think his position well, his position fits the young players that they have.

  • Mitchell Robinson needs a Chris Paul R J.

  • Barrett needs a Chris Paul.

  • Kevin Knox needs a Chris Paul.

  • And so, you know, because of the position placement.

  • That's why I say he could end up, especially in the east, In the bottom of that east, You don't know what's gonna happen.

  • He could squeak a man.

  • Probably if they add a couple little things here and there.

  • But for him, I just don't think it's the right move for what?

  • He's trying to get out of his career.

  • All right, well, this group could definitely have this conversation for the entire rest of the show.

  • We're not gonna do that.

  • I'm gonna move on the next trade destination possibility.

  • The Milwaukee Bucks To help you imagine that at home.

  • Here's what it would look like.

  • That Chris looks looks snappy there.

  • Tim Bontemps again with the potential trade.

  • Chris Paul for Eric Bledsoe.

  • Your your son Ilyasova, whose contract has to be guaranteed rope.

  • Ivan Lopez, whose option would have to be picked up, and D.

  • J.

  • Wilson to make the salaries match.

  • So I mean, what do you think about C P threes?

  • Potential fit with the Bucks?

  • I think it was a much better fit.

  • You know, they have a need for someone who can create offense, not only for himself, but for others.

  • I think Yannis and the playoffs, we've seen the offense get stagnant, and it's harder for him to get the buckets that he's accustomed to getting.

  • I think Chris Paul help with that.

  • I think him being a strong voice and a leader on the court is important for them as well.

  • Look for every single one of these scenarios, we're gonna have a conversation about his age in his contract, right?

  • But if you're Milwaukee, here's the deal.

  • You want to demonstrate, to be honest and in the Campo that we do whatever it takes to get a championship.

  • And so that even means inheriting a contract that really doesn't look great from our books perspective, but it helps our chances to get you over the hump and much like I think about Oklahoma City a few years ago, trading for Paul, George and Carmelo Anthony, even though those guys weren't the best fit.

  • What it did was it demonstrated to Russell Westbrook.

  • Oh, we're all in here in O.

  • K.

  • C.

  • I'll sign that extension and really mission accomplished from that standpoint.

  • Yeah.

  • What do you think of the E?

  • I think it's a great fit.

  • I mean, he fee checks.

  • Three boxes for Milwaukee.

  • Playmaking.

  • What they which they desperately needed because Yanis did most of the playmaking for the other guys.

  • Leadership?

  • Uh, and then you've got a closer.

  • People forget.

  • Chris Paul was one of the best fourth quarter players, and it's the best player in the league last year and in his career.

  • And that's something we didn't see from this ball club in Milwaukee.

  • So he checks those three boxes for me, and he pushed them back and champ Serious championship contention.

  • Not that they weren't last year, but, you know, a lot of people had them getting upset when which they did.

  • But you put Chris Paul in that team e like them coming out, and I thought it really hurt them not to have Malcolm Brogdon.

  • I really thought you saw in the playoffs where that playmaking was missing.

  • And so, obviously, Chris Paul is one of the best to ever do it at that position, and he is a win now guard.

  • You're talking about silence being in the wind now situation.

  • That's a win now decision.

  • If you bring him in.

  • And the fact that you don't have to lose Middleton in all of that means that that's a great move for them and for Chris Paul wanting toe win right now.

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We wanted to pick your front office brain, though, to evaluate a few potential trade destinations for Chris Paul.

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