Rarely discussed “over 38 rule” makes it unlikely Knicks land Chris Paul

As president of the National Basketball Players Association, Chris Paul assisted press the rarely-discussed “over 36 rule” to end up being the “over 38 rule” in the brand-new CBA — in essence, it implies a group without Bird rights cannot use a four-year agreement to gamers who will turn 38 throughout that agreement. (The factor is to avoid owners from cheating the system and paying a veteran money by having an agreement that keeps the checks following he retires.) CP3 gained from that guideline modification when he signed a four-year max extension in 2018 that would have taken him previous his 36th birthday.

Now it is a guideline that most likely keeps Paul with the Suns and makes it less likely the Knicks — who have interest in Paul — or other groups can draw him away.

Paul is anticipated to decrease his $44.2 million gamer alternative for next season to protect more surefire cash and years. Marc Berman of the New york city Post channels ESPN’s Bobby Marks’ description of why it’s tough for the Knicks to swoop in (aside from the reality Paul has actually made the Finals with the Suns).

According to previous Internet executive and ESPN cap master Bobby Marks, the Suns can use Paul a four-year offer while the Knicks can’t pass by 3 years since of an unknown “over-38’’ bylaw in the collective bargaining agreement.

Marks predicts the Suns will net Paul with a three-year, $100 million contract if the veteran decides to opt out of the $44 million final season of his current deal.

If Leon Rose’s Knicks attempt to match the offer, the Suns can add a fourth year.

And would. Suns’ owner Robert Sarver is not about to break up a team that just reached the franchise’s first Finals since 1993.

If he declines his option, Paul is a free agent and could choose to play anywhere, but does anyone think he wants to right now? He chose and pushed for Phoenix when Oklahoma City wanted to trade him, and now he has reached the Finals with a young and still improving squad. Paul is staying, the only questions are years and money, and that is not going to be hard to work out at this point.

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Report: Rarely discussed “over 38 rule” makes it not likely Knicks land Chris Paul initially appeared on NBCSports.com

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