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Pop Quiz: What's the value of Chris Paul?

Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:25 pm
 
Fall is here, hear the yell, back to school, ring the bell ... Wait, we're almost to winter. What happened? Who cares, there's a season! The NBA season is right around the corner, and NBA training camp starts in just a couple weeks. To get you ready for the season, we've put together some pop quizzes. Pencils ready? We start our Pop Quizzes with this question... 

What's the value of Chris Paul?

By Matt Moore 
Over the next... however long it takes for the question of Chris Paul and where he plays next season to ge answered, there's going to be a common reaction to people regarding trade proposals. It goes something like this.

"What? They can't trade Chris Paul for (X player, X player, Y pick)! That's not nearly as good as Chris Paul!"

And all of these measures miss the point.

Should the New Orleans Hornets decide that the battle is lost and it's time to start over by trading Chris Paul, there is nothing they can get back that will be of equal value to him. There is nothing they can get in return that will eventually be better than him. There will be no offer that will result in analysts, fans, and bloggers, including those that work here saying the Hornets won the deal. It is impossible. You never win trading a star. You never come close to winning by trading Chris Paul.

Which is why so many will advocate against trading Paul. But the only reason to make such a deal is if the game is already over. At that point you can't be looking to compete, to make the playoffs, to keep your season ticket holders happy or to keep them at all. You are looking to restart. It's a reset button on the franchise, and it could cost the city of New Orleans its team. But if that's the decision you reach, that means you've explored every option, considered every trade, made every attempt at acquiring a free agent, done all you can. It's over, Paul will be headed to a bigger market, and you simply have to evaluate what you can get.

There's a misconception that in a trade, you have to get back equal value to justify it. But that's a little bit absurd. Stick Chris Paul with a series of offensive weapons and you're going to have one of the best scoring machines in the league thanks to his vision, skill, and ability. Stick him on the Milwaukee Bucks and you have a great defensive team that's better on offense but still not good because it doesn't matter if Paul is dishing to people who still can't hit the shot. More importantly, getting back Derrick Rose doesn't help your franchise much (and no, Bulls fans, no one is saying the Bulls would trade the MVP, just roll with me here) if you have no one to help him out. The lesson is that bringing back talent does not equal talent lost. There's a plan to a franchise, or at least there should be, and a decision like this means you start completely over. That's how the NBA works.

That's the hard part, really. It's not figuring out what assets, because you only have so many partners, because no one will trade for a player who doesn't want to play for them. From there it's just details. The odds are very high that most of the players the Hornets would trade Paul for will be gone within three years. It's also highly likely that both the GM and coach who help orchestrate the trade will also be gone. That's how the NBA works.

So if you want to capitalize on this as an opportunity, as damaging as the effects are, you don't try and determine what Chris Paul means to your franchise, because it can't be calculated. You don't try and measure his impact on the team, because you can't. You don't try and formulate how to return even 50 percent of what he provides the Hornets, because there is no such math. You simply try and put yourself in the best position to draft the next Hall of Famer that comes your way, to be able to add talented players around him immediately, and to hope the next time that player doesn't feel like those streets will make him feel brand new or that the big lights will inspire him.

What's the value you look for in trading Chris Paul?

The quickest way to forget you lost him.
Comments

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Pop Quiz: What's the value of Chris Paul?

I have to disagree ..... 

The Jazz traded williams, and are looking good for the trading.

   



Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Pop Quiz: What's the value of Chris Paul?

China is good place for the entire league..anybody paying $100 for ticket and $8 for a beer has no right whine about
taxes,benefits or disability checks.Yell




Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Pop Quiz: What's the value of Chris Paul?

I like the thought of Paul for Westbrook and Harden, but as the article states, neither of the two traded to New Orleans would stay there any longer than they had to. Neither would any star who wants to win. It makes more sense to move the franchise to another city, find a real owner, and start fresh. Then you might get players who want to stay and build the franchise.



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:33 am
 

Pop Quiz: What's the value of Chris Paul?

" The NBA use to be a big man's game. But it's evolving. Now it's almost impossible to win a Championship without a great point-gaurd"

O really , what is the last team to win a title that did not have a quality big man on their team. going back to 2000 since were talking about the evolution of the NBA from big to small, can you think of one? 2000 - 2009 was all Spurs(Duncan 6' 11", DRob 7'1") Lakers(Shaq 7'1", Bynum 7'),Heat (Shaq 7'1"),Celtics(Garnet 6'11"), Detroit (Rasheed 6'11") Dallas (chandler 7'1").

Everyone always says this , but the truth is it will never happen. Quality big> Super quality small everytime.



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:33 am
 

Pop Quiz: What's the value of Chris Paul?

The value of Chris Paul is truly great. The NBA use to be a big man's game. But it's evolving. Now it's almost impossible to win a Championship without a great point-gaurd. He literally is the QB on the court. Also the point-gaurd use to be all about passing the ball. Not any longer. All of the really good ones are also scoring machines.
So the Question remains." What's the value of Chris Paul"? Whatever the compensation, getting a good point-gaurd and another scorer would be absolute musts. And a couple of first round draft choices. This probably would be more than a potential trade partner would give. But whatever you get in return, it has to be something you can sell to the fans. If not, an awful lot of seats will be mpty.



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:19 pm
 

Pop Quiz: What's the value of Chris Paul?

The Knicks are snakebitten anyway when was the last title 1973 so if Paul would be theres wouldn't make no difference Lebron is better than Mello and Bosh is better than Amere.They couldn win one with Ewing so no matter what the Knicks always suck.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Pop Quiz: What's the value of Chris Paul?

lets keep the talk rated g my 10 year old love to read all of your guys insiat



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:26 pm
 

Pop Quiz: What's the value of Chris Paul?

haha just like LeBron winning 7 in Miami, he's 0-1 .. Knicks suck, they dont play defense, Amare' ? maybe, Melo will never learn. Being a Celtics fan we better not trade Rondo for CP3. He is the heart and sole of our team and we need big men, not PG



Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:28 pm
 

Pop Quiz: What's the value of Chris Paul?

go cry bro...chris pauls not staying cause hes coming to the BIG APPLE TO PLAY WITH THE KNICKS BABY!a new big 3 is gonna form and chris paul will win at leasy 2 championships with the knicks.



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Pop Quiz: What's the value of Chris Paul?

You douchebags at CBS Sports.com don't know what you talking about you guys just like ESPN a bunch of big market capitlist nazis.You want the hornets to fail and the Saints too.if you can take your head out of your hide you can see New Orleans Hornets fans are doing everything to support our team so know whats going on downhere before you post a story about status of the Hornets in New Orleans.


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