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Who's in the market for CP3?

Posted on: July 21, 2010 6:37 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 7:25 pm
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Posted by Matt Moore

With Ken Berger's report that Chris Paul is adamantly requesting a trade , we need to start exploring the possibilities. The odds are substantially low that Paul gets moved despite his feelings, simply based on the extreme difficulty in packaging the necessary assets to convince Hornets management to pull the trigger. But with a player of Paul's stature on the market (whether his team likes it or not), we need to examine the possibilities. So who's a realistic candidate to make a move for CP3?

Orlando Magic: This one's been out there for a while. The Magic have the right combination of talent, contracts, and assets to maneuver into position for Paul. They can send back a versatile shooting point guard to help with the transition of Darren Collison. They can send Vince Carter and his expiring contract, along with a significant player at shooting guard to pair with Marcus Thornton. They still have draft picks in the can, have expendable players with talent like Marcin Gortat and Brandon Bass. It puts an elite player next to Dwight Howard and matches the upgrade the Heat have made, and potentially gives them an advantage over the Celtics in terms of talent. The question would be if Paul could function inside the unique spacing the Magic employ, which primarily functions on a series of swing passes. There's no question he'd be dominant in the pick and roll with Howard.

New York Knicks:
I know. I'm nuts. Hear me out. The deal could in no-way be cemented until December 15th, but the Knicks have Raymond Felton, Kelenna Azubuike, and a handful of prospects. They lack the ability to send draft picks thanks to the desperate firesale move they pulled with the Rockets, but the right combination of players might work. Wilson Chandler next to Marcus Thornton would give the Hornets flexibility on the wing, especially if the Knicks are willing to take on Peja Stojakovic's poison pill. That may be the Knicks' biggest asset: financial flexibility to take on the rest of the Hornets' ill-advised veteran figures. The pull for Paul? If the New York toast rumors were true, this would get him with the best player he's ever played alongside in Amar'e Stoudemire (with apologies to David West), in a major market, and would likely convince Carmelo Anthony to hold off on that contract extension. It's a pretty perfect scenario, which of course means it won't happen.

Portland Trail Blazers: If the Blazers want to get back into talk of being a title contender immediately, this could be their path to salvation. They have picks to move, a ton of flexible players at multiple positions, and Paul in Portland would be ridiculous. Paul, Brandon Roy, and LaMarcus Aldridge, with those centers down low? All of a sudden the Blazers would be within range of the title. The numbers, however, might be too much, especially with the massive amount of money they just tossed at Wesley Matthews. The Blazers would have to surrender most of the depth they've worked to acquire, along with at least one of their two top centers in order to facilitate a deal. But it would also mean a tremendous coup for the new regime.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Here's a stretch. Trying to convince Paul to go to the Ruins of NBA Pompei would be a tricky feat. But if you look at the roster, it might not be impossible. The Cavs do feature a team with depth, with Antawn Jamison and J.J. Hickson still on roster. They have some flexibility in the coming years. They need a hero, and they've shown they're willing to commit to spending. With Byron Scott on roster, who Paul has gone on record in support of multiple times, the Cavs could conceivably replace LeBron James with a new savior. They'd have to give up most of their most attractive assets and nearly everything they got from Miami. But somehow, if New Orleans was at all interested, I don't think they'd mind.

Los Angeles Lakers: Tremble, and be afraid, ye mortals of Earth. This is plausible, possible, and according to KB, one of the teams on Paul's list. The Lakers can send Andrew Bynum, a young stud center, and a handful of short-term contracts for Paul. Paul gets to play alongside the best team in the NBA in the most attractive market in the NBA. He takes the reins from Kobe and helps lead that team into what, three more titles? More? It's a terrifying possibility that would give the Lakers the one-up over the Miami-three. He and Gasol could work the two-man game, and in the triangle, well, okay, that's a downside. Chris Paul in the triangle is like binding a horse's legs. They're not meant to be constrained that way. Shooting corner threes is a waste of Paul's potential, and most of the ball handling isn't done by a point in the triangle. But somehow, playing next to Kobe and Gasol, Paul may not mind.

New Orleans Hornets: No, they won't be trading Paul to themselves. But you have to think this is still the most likely scenario (yes, we said that about LeBron James, too). Paul has been a major force in the community. That's going to tug at him. The Hornets just hired two representatives from the Spurs organization, who clearly have been part of winning environments. He can make the most money there, and has teammates he's gone to battle with. Mostly, though, it's hard to see new GM Dell Demps or head coach Monty Williams being willing to put themselves in a deep dark hole to start their run with the franchise. And trading Paul means a complete rebuild. Not the situation you want to embark on before you've even put your pictures up in your office.

But with the way Paul sounds according to KB, we may see the unlikely become reality once again this year.

So what is it that the Hronets need to get back? Royce Young tells us more on that one .



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Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2010 11:38 am
 

Who's in the market for CP3?

I forgive you for not knowing that Philly does not need Jameer Nelson. If you haven't seen them lately (not many people have), they are excited about Jru Holiday, and he is being groomed to be a star. He is assuming the role from another good young point they already had in Lou Williams. And they couldn't take on a contract like Okafor's.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2010 11:24 am
 

Who's in the market for CP3?

Oh...my bad.  Well Okafor can play Center more than Brand can.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2010 11:11 am
 

Who's in the market for CP3?

One problem, your starting center for Philadelphia plays for Sacramento!



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2010 11:02 am
 

Who's in the market for CP3?

True Piston....my bad bruh, didnt notice that in the post.  I totally skipped New York because theres no way we'd give up CP3 for nothing LITERALLY.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2010 10:59 am
 

Who's in the market for CP3?

HawkFan.  CP3 is a top 3 if not the best point.  Jamal and Josh are NOT enough to get CP3 are you serious?



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2010 10:59 am
 

Who's in the market for CP3?

Thanks, man. I knew it was something like that but it was safer to ask.

Thanks again



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2010 10:58 am
 

Who's in the market for CP3?

@ True Piston Who for the Hornets was aquired by trade or FA?  those players were on their teams last year



Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2010 10:38 am
 

Who's in the market for CP3?

They can't do a deal because players aquired in a trade or free agency by a team over the cap can't be traded until three months or december 15th whichever comes later



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2010 9:18 am
 

Who's in the market for CP3?



Why any deal with the Knicks can't be done until December 15?



Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2010 8:40 am
 

Who's in the market for CP3?

It may not take a three team parlay to get Chris Paul to Orlando, where Dwight Howard and a wicked rivalry with the Heat await

So: New Orleans regrettably gives up Chris Paul but insists that Orlando takes on both Emeka Okefor and Peja Stojakovic.

In return, the Hornets get (1) Jameer Nelson to be part of a very nice three-guard rotation with Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton, (2) Marcin Gortat who will start at center and rapidly become a crowd favorite, (3) Rashard Lewis, who replaces Stojakovic and can still produce big numbers, (4) Brandon Bass, who becomes a solid lead big man off the bench plus two first round draft picks and cash to help offset Lewis' contract.

It's not perfect for New Orleans but it leaves them with a pretty credible team both offensively and defensively.... and without two really toxic contracts.

Orlando, in addition to getting the coveted CP3 gets Okefor both as a backup to Howard and a potential starting 4. Peja is still a useful (if expensive) spot-up shooter off the bench.

The 3-way deal with the Sixers suggested by vksun has some upsides, but if I were a New Orelans fan it would seem particularly galling to be stuck with Vince Carter... the man who invented the modern "Whine, whine I don't want to play here anymore" strategy.



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