The New York Knicks came away from the 2010 free-agent signing period without the prize they had wanted to get — LeBron James — but with someone who was a major reason the team started to change its loser image: Amar'e Stoudemire.
The New York Post reports that the team just tried to deal him away in an attempt to snag New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul, but the Hornets rejected it straightaway.
A move to New Orleans would have meant a basketball culture shock for Stoudemire, who will soon likely welcome Tyson Chandler to the Knicks.
Stoudemire has four years and $84 million left on his contract.
Another Paul deal that didn't go through, the Post reports, is a deal with the Warriors, who wouldn't "give up Stephen Curry without Paul promising to re-sign long term."