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CP3 to Charlotte?

Posted on: July 19, 2010 9:57 am
Edited on: July 19, 2010 9:59 am
 
Posted by Royce Young

Former Hornets general manager Jeff Bower lost his job because his shopping of Chris Paul reportedly caused some strain with ownership. But as Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer writes , Paul is "open" to a trade and Bonnell sees Charlotte as a prime destination.

Besides citing the fact that Charlotte is near home for Paul who grew up in nearby Winston-Salem, Bonnell sees it as doable because of the Bobcats ability to offer both financial relief in Erick Dampier's unguaranteed $13 million salary, along with actual talent in Gerald Wallace, Gerald Henderson and D.J. Augustin.

If Paul sours on the Hornets and wants out, Charlotte definitely appears like it could be a prime destination. There's the Michael Jordan connection (CP3 is on the Jordan Brand and grew up in North Carolina), it's close to home and the Bobcats can reconcile the trade by giving the Hornets assets and cap relief.

New Orleans appears to be a mess right now with Bower recently being fired, team president Hugh Weber rescinding a contract to Luther Head for apparently no reason and oh yeah, the roster isn't very good either. So picturing CP3 demanding a way out isn't that hard to do. Owner George Shinn absolutely loves Paul and would probably fight to keep him, but with Shinn selling the team to Gary Chouest, things could change there. It's obviously all wild speculation at this point, but it certainly could become reality.

Hornets new head coach Monty Williams is planning to meet with Paul in the near future to discuss his status with the team. I'm thinking Williams will say something like, "Please don't ever leave me."


Comments

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2010 11:17 pm
 

CP3 to Charlotte?

If they do trade for Paul and therefore have to take Okafor and his terrible contract. It would be kind of funny that they would have traded away a player and then a year later traded for him
If Okafor is in this deal too, then i think Nazr Mohammad and maybe a future 1st round pick should also be added. I dont want to give up TOO much for Paul, but i think the deal i have in mind is good enough. Gerald Wallace is an all star forward and can play defense, DJ Augustin is a good backup for Collison, Dampier's contract will save the Hornets some money to sign other guys. If the Hornets take this trade, they could end up with a lottery pick which could get them a good player in the 2011 draft and Mohammad is a decent center and they also could use a future 1st round pick, however, i think if this deal does happen with Okafor, then Gerald Henderson (who i dont want to lose) will be gone.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2010 8:03 pm
 

CP3 to Charlotte?

You still have the overrated Tyson Chandler
shows how much you know about that Bobcats, look up where Chandler is ok.
Hate to burst Your bubble hear but that offer is not going to get it done. The 1st round draft pick isn't worth nodda as a team that went to the playoffs last season coupled with expectations of a weak draft. Also the blazers have already offered Batum, who is 6 years younger than Wallace
First off, the Bobcats are offering MORE than Wallace, if the Blazers only offered Batum, i would've turned that down too. As for the 1st round pick being nodda and a weak draft, how do you know it's weak????? i thought this last draft was weak.



Since: Feb 16, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2010 6:32 pm
 

CP3 to Charlotte?

Healthy the Hornets were  second in the West
ROFLMAO @ that statement.



Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: July 20, 2010 5:49 pm
 

CP3 to Charlotte?

No way Charlotte is the fifth seed if they get CP3, they'd have to give up too much to get him.  I can't see NO dealing him to Charlotte without getting Gerald Wallace and more back, and that puts Charlotte without enough talent to contend in the east.  Now a year or two after the deal, they might be able to bring in some other good pieces, but for now, no way.

If CP3 gets dealt, please keep him in the West.  My Bucks already have enough to contend with, all the good player are coming East.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2010 2:20 pm
 

CP3 to Charlotte?

The Hornets do have a better scoring roster, but the Bobcats have a better head coach and a better defensive minded team.  If you put someone like Chris Paul on that team they could get as high as a fifth seed in the East.  Whereas, in the West there are a lot more teams vying for that eighth spot.

Either way CP3 makes both teams that much better, but I would assume the Bobcats would be a better fit, but it wont happen anyway.  Bobcats are going to have to wait until next year to get where they need to be, but if they could pull CP3 next year would be much easier for them.



Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: July 20, 2010 2:14 pm
 

CP3 to Charlotte?

If they do trade for Paul and therefore have to take Okafor and his terrible contract. It would be kind of funny that they would have traded away a player and then a year later traded for him.



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2010 12:57 pm
 

CP3 to Charlotte?

"the Hornets have a better roster then the Bobcats."

No, you don't.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2010 12:47 pm
 

CP3 to Charlotte?

The thing is that you have a half court team, you have to have half court players. (Wallace is a half court player) Paul could fit in that but he loves to push that ball up the court and run. The Bobcats made the playoffs but it was in a lesser Eastern Conference, and now with the Eastern Conference getting better, thats no defenite. Healthy the Hornets were  second in the West. We didn't have a bench then, we have more depth now, a better SG now, a better Center now. Paul and others have to stay healthy. With Peja once his contract is up we will be able to get a SF (if this trade doesn't go through) so I think the Hornets have a better roster then the Bobcats.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2010 11:48 am
 

CP3 to Charlotte?

Not to mention the Bobcats reached the playoffs with lesser talent.  They are a good nucleus with a defensive mind set.  Chris paul will make them a very legitimate team.  it wouldn't be this year but next year they would be able to draw some more talent and with Paul they become a lot more potent on the offensive end.  his creativity especially in a half court game would increase their scoring output coupled with the defensive effort they put in would make them a high possibility for a first round upset.

The problem is what do the Hornets get back in return now?  I am not a Bobcats fan but they definitely have the underdog/Cinderella candidacy that will make them fun to continue to watch and route for.  CP3 is definitely an elite player which any team would love to build around especially a defensive minded team that runs a half court style game.



Since: Feb 16, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2010 5:31 am
 

CP3 to Charlotte?

to me the perfect trade for Paul is this. next years 1st round pick, Gerald Wallace, DJ Augustine and Erik Dampier's contract. Hate to burst Your bubble hear but that offer is not going to get it done. The 1st round draft pick isn't worth nodda as a team that went to the playoffs last season coupled with expectations of a weak draft. Also the blazers have already offered Batum, who is 6 years younger than Wallace but already putting up near comparable numbers to Wallace's when you factor in the kid only played half the season coming off an injury and only played 24 minutes a game due to Portland's DEEP bench at the 2 and the 3. to go along with Batum they also offered Baylus, Miller and Pryzbilla. Baylus is better in every aspect of the game besides behind the 3 point arc which is something that Baylus has been improving. Miller is a good Vet PG, somebody who wont fill CP3's shoes (who can?) but can still get the job done in his absence. The man had a 50 point game last season nuff said. Then you also have to remember that Miller and Pryzbilla's contracts come off the books next year giving the Hornets more salary cap then Dampier's contract. If the blazers thought a 1st round pick tossed into all that would made the difference they would have done it, i bet they would sent rudy along with it if they could get paul. Basically what I'm saying is they offered a WAY better package then what you suggested and it still wasn't enough. As to the rest of what you said. Most of it is irrelevant because you wouldn't have nearly the talent pool left after trading for paul that you are dreaming about & on a side not Stephen Jackson is a basketball black hole who Nelly couldn't even handle, just look at his shooting %'s in the playoffs LOL. He is not a top tier talent and their is no way that Paul would demand a trade that would force him to play with a guy like Jackson.


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