Carmelo Anthony’s wedding featured one of the most famous toasts in NBA history. The then New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul was in attendance and told the crowd of a possible Big Three in New York with him, Anthony (who had just been traded to the Knicks) and Amar’e Stoudemire, who had signed with the Knicks in 2010. Of course it didn’t happen that way. Chris Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers and continued with stints with the Rockets and Thunder. But now it’s back on the commercial market and the long-prophesied partnership with Carmelo seems to be within reach. It might as well be in New York.
The Knicks have been linked to Paul for months and, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Anthony “probably would like to follow” Paul to New York if that exchange is completed. The Knicks are now run by Leon Rose, former agent of both Anthony and Paul. Reports have linked Anthony to New York independently of Paul, but after the end of their season, Anthony revealed that he would love to return to the Portland Trail Blazers.
“I pray it could be Portland,” Anthony told reporters after losing Portland’s first-round series game 5 to the Lakers. “Honestly, I think I found a home in Portland. I felt comfortable with the organization, I felt comfortable with the guys on the team, they were comfortable with me, and at this point in my career i think it suits me best, best situation, especially having this experience now and i am just getting my feet wet and just going in and being who i am and staying true to myself. i really hope it can be Portland at the end of the day. day in which we give ourselves the opportunity to keep this team together, put the boys in health and make another attempt “.
If anything risks taking him away from Portland, though, it would be Paul and New York. The two have been close friends for most of their careers and even for the holidays together. They spent a short time together with the Rockets, although Anthony’s struggles led to him being benched and then traded. Rebuilding the Knicks wouldn’t have been that demanding of Anthony’s game. Their goal right now is to change the image of the organization. Repairing the barriers with Anthony, who left on bad terms, would have been a start. Paul made a big impact on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in Oklahoma City and could theoretically help the Knicks in the same way.