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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: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2010 2:28 am
 

CP3 to Charlotte?

If Chris Paul is traded for Gerald Wallace then the Bobcats basically become an older version of the Hornets. But instead of a solid low post threat in David West you have a ball hog perimeter talent in Stephen Jackson. You still have the overrated Tyson Chandler and many crappy role players to have fun with. The Bobcats should hold on to Gerald Wallace and the Hornets should hold on to Chris Paul. Neither team would gain from this trade.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2010 1:29 am
 

CP3 to Charlotte?

Charlotte is a playoff team.  But Im biased.  Season Ticket holder.  Section 109



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2010 12:21 am
 

CP3 to Charlotte?

I know they have Stephen Jackson... but come on... really? the guy  can score but shows little defensive help.  Without Wallace they are a much lesser team even with Paul then the Hornets without Paul. The Hornets starting 5 without Paul and Wallace. Collison Thornton Wallace West Okafor.  Not the best starting 5 but a solid starting 5.  We had Paul Thornton Peja (0 defense not much offense except jumpers) PF West C Okafor.  The Bobcats would take a major hit with losing Wallace, sure Diaw could move to SF or PF, but he doesn't have the rebounding ability that Wallace has. And as I said with Pejas and Dampiers contract coming off the books, they could sign for depth, and for more players. The Bobcats on the other hand would be forced to have a max contract in Paul and how much else could they spend?



Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2010 12:15 am
 

CP3 to Charlotte?

In the next few days Chris Paul will announce his inexplicable desire to "take his talents to south beach". Then in a couple years he's gonna bring along his buddy Dwight Howard.


Now THAT would be seriously f***ed up! Laughing



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2010 11:45 pm
 

CP3 to Charlotte?

Otherwise it makes NO sense for Paul to demand a trade to the Bobcats. Their entire Talent pool, which is mainly just Gerald Wallace, would have to go along with Dampiers contract en-order for the trade to happen
to me the perfect trade for Paul is this. next years 1st round pick, Gerald Wallace, DJ Augustine and Erik Dampier's contract.
If "Charlotte" loses Wallace, they lose their best player as of now. They get back arguably a top 5 player, but who do they help him with? Diaw?
This comment, shows how much you know about the Bobcats. Stephen Jackson (who would remain a Bobcat) would still be here. If they do the deal that i think the Bobcats should do then we would still have Gerald Henderson (a good young player). We traded for Tyrus Thomas who actually played very well with the Bobcats. Shaun Livingston is his backup and i didnt even mention Boris Diaw. While i agree, the teams are similar (when it comes to talent) the ONE thing that Charlotte has going for them that New Orleans doesnt, is location. Chris Paul still has a place in North Carolina. if he came here, he would be the hometown hero. Fans in NC are big on the ACC basketball players, especially ones from the Carolinas.



Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2010 11:18 pm
 

CP3 to Charlotte?

Everybody wants to bag on MJ's ability to build a team because he had one bad draft pick in Kwame Brown.  Anyone wanna look at what he's done in Charlotte since he's been involved?  Ummm, yeah, that's right, Charlotte finally made the playoffs for the first time last season thanks to him buying into Brown's system, and getting him the players Brown wants/needs.  If it costs the Bobcats Wallace to get him, fine, you trade one All-Star for another.  However, most of you probably haven't seen the new rules changes with touch fouls, but that essentially makes the PG position the most important in the NBA.  At least the Bobcats still have Jackson (who incidentally led the team in points), but who exactly will the Hornets have besides Wallace?  Okafor?  Couldn't do it when they were on the same team in Charlotte.  Stojakovic?  C'mon....past his prime.  Collison?  He's the best hope for a future they have.  If the Bobcats get Paul for Wallace, Dampier and draft picks, the Bobcats can still afford to sign another quality SF.  But if Paul can make Tyson Chandler look good, how good do you think he's going to make Tyrus Thomas look?!?  When Paul makes his offseason home in NC, why wouldn't he come to NC permanently?  Everybody hates on all NC sports, whether it be the Bobcats, Panthers, Hurricanes or any of the major colleges because they are small market in comparison to NY, FL or CA teams.  Why don't you just pull for that monstrosity down in Miami where LeBron proves that, once again, he is NOT Michael Jordan and the only thing he MIGHT do is win as many titles.....MAYBE.  He can't do it without the help of 2 other All-Stars.  I, for one, will continue to pull for the small market teams because if they ever do win, it's actually earned.....not expected.



Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2010 8:36 pm
 

CP3 to Charlotte?

chris paul has expressed that he wants him and melo to team up with amare next year. amare melo and paul would be just as domninant as the miami threet. except miaimi doesnt have the pure point gaurd like paul. plus people under eatimate how dominant a scorer melo is and with the quick style offense that d'antoni runs it would be ideal for them plus their supporting cast is way better than charlottes and younger. watch what I tell you.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2010 5:44 pm
 

CP3 to Charlotte?

1. Charlotte made the playoffs, New Orleans did not.
2. Charlotte has good management, New Orleans does not.
3. Charlotte can attract another star player, New orleans can not.
4. Charlotte has a proven coach, New Orleans does not.

If "Charlotte" loses Wallace, they lose their best player as of now. They get back arguably a top 5 player, but who do they help him with? Diaw? Who is solid, but nothing better then the Hornets have. As crazy as this sound, the Hornets could be a better team without Paul. They will get a great SF defenisvely, who can finish, and rebound.  Thornton starting a full year who can score is good, and Pejas and Dampiers contracts coming off the books would be major. Augustin would be a good backup as well. I think the Hornets could be major buyers in the market next year and year after.  We'll see and time will tell. Hopefully the Hornets do whats best for the team.




Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2010 4:47 pm
 

CP3 to Charlotte?

what about the new york knickerbockers???



Since: Jul 16, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2010 4:11 pm
 

CP3 to Charlotte?

1. Charlotte made the playoffs, New Orleans did not.
2. Charlotte has good management, New Orleans does not.
3. Charlotte can attract another star player, New orleans can not.
4. Charlotte has a proven coach, New Orleans does not.


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