With the wage limit reduced considerably due to pandemic revenue losses, Paul’s wages will not adjust unless the Knicks give up on wages. The Knicks would love to pay the final year of Smith’s contract for $ 5.7 million. They may have to add both Kevin Knox ($ 4.6 million), on which we reported that Rose has not yet been sold, nor that of Ntilikina ($ 6.2 million).
Paul turned 35 on May 6 and will make $ 45 million next season. There has been talk of an amnesty clause instituted because of the pandemic. Perhaps the Knicks could see if OKC amnesty Chris Paul, who would become a free agent and loves Rose, his former agent.