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Chris Paul can convey winning mentality to the Knicks

The Knicks’ interest in Chris Paul continues. According to SNY’s Ian Begley, the New York Knicks believe point guard could have a great effect in New York:

“I think there are still people with the Knicks who feel that bringing Chris Paul on this roster right now would restart the franchise’s efforts to build a winning culture, to give these young players winning habits,” Begley said, also noting that New York team president Leon Rose is Paul’s former agent.

The Knicks hired Rose on March 2, which sparked the first rumors that the team could turn to Paul on the trade:

“Last spring, Agent Leon Rose was intrigued by the idea that the Rockets were offering his client Chris Paul to the Knicks, according to a league source,” Marc Berman of the New York Post also reported on March 5.

Paul was traded by the Houston Rockets to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Russell Westbrook last June.

Westbrook’s departure was preceded by Paul George’s trade with the Los Angeles Clippers. However, Paul has been excellent in his first season with Oklahoma City. The 34-year-old’s presence also brought out the best from 21-year-old guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and 26-year-old guard Dennis Schroder.