When has the cap ever stopped a franchise type NBA player from signing with the team he wants to sign with?
Always, no cap space means no signing. As for S&T's, the new rules that kick in starting this offseason pretty much prevent tax teams from doing S&T's.
• 2011 CBA: Taxpaying teams have a smaller midlevel exception, can acquire less salary in trade, and cannot use the biannual exception. Starting in 2013-14, teams more than $4 million above the tax level cannot receive a player in a sign-and-trade transaction.
If Paul wants to sign with the Knicks this summer and the Knicks still want him, it'll get done
That's practically impossible. Even if the Knicks dump enough guys like Camby and Felton to get under the tax to do a S&T, there is no way penny pinching Sterling is taking back Amare or Chandler in a CP3 trade. He'd rather have cap space than a marginal star, he's only in it for the money, not winning or even being competitive. The only way I see the Knicks being able to get Paul is if they were willing to trade Melo for him.
This post was edited on 11/29 at 9:28 am