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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
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 .


Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2010 6:31 pm

Who's in the market for CP3?

Bastian, you make a very good point.  Funny thing about the toast and the trade demands is that Paul did not list Denver as one he would want to play for, playing along with his friend, Carmelo (I imagine Paul and Billups could play together).  Therefore, Paul probably knows that either, Carmelo is not signing the extension, or that Denver doesn't have the ability to lure one more "star" free agent to contend, even with their expiring contracts. 

Not to mention that Denver probably does not have the assets New Orleans is looking for, regardless if that is in Paul's thoughts.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2010 5:53 pm

Who's in the market for CP3?

did matt moore - the carolina panthers write this?

first of all, we can all stop the press because we know chris paul is coming to the big apple. he TOASTED it at carmelos wedding - what more do you need to know. forget the sources. forget chris broussard and forget stephen a smith. what ive come to learn over this summer of free agency is listen to what the players say - NOT THE IDIOTIC SPORTS REPORTERS WHO NEED TO MAKE UP NON SENSE IN ORDER TO DRAW READERS/VIEWERS.

bill simmons wrote on how he remembered back to when the three kings were playing for team usa and made a pact then to team up and dominate...well look what happened.

chris paul speaks out during a wedding toast and says him , amare and melo will be the big 3 in new york.

melo hasnt signed the extension.

paul wants out.

what more do you need to know? why should you listen to coveted sources???

AND mr moore - you talk about wilson chandler but make no mention of anthony randolph or danilo gallinari, either of who would have to be in the trade for paul.

go back to school.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2010 4:20 pm

Who's in the market for CP3?

Hornets' roster after trade:
PG: Collison/Teague
SG: Ja. Crawford/Thornton
SF: Smith/Peja/Pondexter
PF: West/Brackins
C: Okafor/Songaila

Hawks' roster after trade:
PG: CP3/Bibby
SG: Johnson/Jo. Crawford
SF: Williams/Evans/JuJu
PF: Horford/Posey
C: Shaq/Pachulia

Uhhh..totally disagree with this...Ok...if Hawks get CP3 with Jo Johnsons contract they wont be able to get another player out of Hawks would lose at least two heavy contracts and get CP3...and if they get CP3 im pretty sure they'd trade Bibby and keep their young PG Teague.

If Hawks and Hornets agree and I dont know how the money and stuff im going to leave that out and base this on quality:

Hawks to Hornets:

Mike Bibby
Marvin Williams
Joe Smith


Chris Paul
James Posey

This way i think works..yes Bibby is past his prime but as was said Collison is coming up and help from a vet pg could only help..right?!

Marvin Williams hasnt clicked in ATL..and any hype he may have had is long gone. And I heard awhile ago him and hawks kinda was wanting to part ways.

Joe Smith...well he'll likely get waived/retire..

As for the new Hawks..Joe Johnson will get help from superstar Chris Paul who is a much better playmaker than Mike Bibby also will be interesting to see Paul and Crawford on the floor on the same time.  Posey well..he'll be used as a 3 point threat along with Crawford.

Now lets take a diff direction shall we...Bobcats/Hornets trade off:

Bobcats would GET:
Chris Paul
Peja Stojakavic
Emeka Okafor

Hornets would GET:
Larry Hughes(didnt wanna trade him lol)
Boris Diaw
Stephen Graham
Erick Dampier

I think this would be a good thing for both sides...Hornets getting Dampier could mean assests in the future. Maybe Boris Diaw can re-group in a diff location and he has better defense than Peja. Stephen Graham..well idk how playtime he'd get but he hasnt done much in Char-Town lol. Larry Hughes can add some energy and knockdown a few occasional 3s.

As for the Bobcats, they become alot better. Emeka will be back to the city he never should have left in the first place. I think coach Larry Brown can bring him back to what he once was. Peja is a vet and is a better player than Matt they will have a better 3 point specialist in him i think.  As for CP3..he has an underrated Big 3 in Gerald Wallace & Stephen Jackson.  With Paul being superior over Raymond Felton..he could make Gerald Wallace look like a BEAST! Stephen Jackson can play similar to how he did in Golden State and will now be motivated to play harder since Paul will be there. I definitely think with that lineup the Bobcats will make it to the second round.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2010 3:31 pm

Who's in the market for CP3?

From a NO perspective.  First off any trade of CP3 has to include Okafor, if it doesn't then there's no way NO is doing it.  Second, NO needs a C and SF.  All this Nelson talk is worthless because one of the main reasons they would get rid of CP3 is to free up min for collison, whom we're all high on.  Third, expiring contracts aren't going to get it done.  If this summer showed anything its that cap space is pretty much worthless unless you already have a strong roster.  Which brings me to my final point, what really bothers me is that Peja's garbage contract finally comes off the books next year, so if CP3 would just wait it out and help bring a legitimate SF who actually scores 20 a game, NO would be a top 5 team with two all-stars in place.  Okafor, West, FA SF, thornton, and Paul.  That's a legitimate 5.  And while NO is a small market population-wise, for the media its not because everyone is pulling for us.  Is there any more beloved athelete than Drew Brees?

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2010 1:35 pm

Who's in the market for CP3?

I am a HUGE CHris Paul fan.  I really don't like the rest of the Hornets very much, so I am very excited that he wants to move.  But, I absolutley hate the Lakers(especially KObe BRyant)----the biggest baby and phony in the nba! So, I definetly hope he doesn't choose there!  I think the Magic would be a good choice......really ANYWHERE EXCEPT THE LAKERS!!!

Since: Dec 14, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2010 1:32 pm

Do some more research Matt.....

Mr. Moore, you might want to do a little more research before posting your article next time.  You left off one of the most prominent suitors for Chris Paul, the Dallas Mavericks.  Cuban and Co. have been perhaps the most aggressive team in pursuing a trade for Chris Paul over the last few years.  Donnie Nelson is even on record as saying Dallas would basically give the Hornets "everything and the kitchen sink" for Chris Paul.  Plus, according to Chris Broussard of, the Mavs are indeed on Paul's short list of teams he'd like to join.  The Mavs have the talent (Caron Butler, Jason Terry), the attractive expiring deals (DeShawn Stevenson, JJ Barea), the top-level youth (Roddy Beaubois, Dominique Jones), the cash, and the first-round draft picks to make such a deal happen.

The Hornets would certainly consider a package of Butler/Stevenson's contract/Beaubois/$$/2 1st Round picks for Paul.

This isn't to say that the Mavs would be the favorite to land Chris Paul.  But your article was simply about teams who would be in the running to make a realistic move for Chris Paul.  Leaving off the Dallas Mavericks is a glaring omission.  They are very much a "realistic candidate" to make a move for CP3.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2010 1:13 pm

Who's in the market for CP3?

Lakers makes no sense.

The advantage the Lakers have over everyone in the west is not Kobe Bryant.  If he was all it took the Lakers would have more championships than the two that they have.  The thing that separates them is the ability to run two talented 7 footers out there.

Offensively the Suns matched them, they couldn't handle the inside presence.  The combination of Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, and Lamar Odom has been more than anyone could handle.  The Celtics matched up well with Garnett, Perkins, & Wallace.  But it's no coincidence that Perkins goes down and Game 7 becomes an offensive rebounds feast for the Lakers.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2010 12:42 pm

Who's in the market for CP3?

Don't even think about it.
Trading a legit 5 for an undersized ball stopping PG would be plain out stupid.
Bynum for Paul in any combination would be plain out stupid.
The Lakers (Triangle/triple post) require a shooter/defender to play the 1 spot.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2010 12:31 pm

Who's in the market for CP3?

As a Knicks fan I hope its the Knicks and Im confident in Donnie Walsh that he can pull something off. The Magic probably has the best talent to offer but its not like the knicks dont either and plus that lazy bum Eddy Currys expiring contract. If he goes to Portland that team would be sick and definitely be in contention for the title. I dont think he would go to the Lakers, Bynum is a great player when he plays!!! Do you think the Hornets want to take a risk with Bynum getting injured every season.

Legit Shot: Knicks, Magic

I think he will go to the Knicks which means there is a greater chance of Melo coming here. It looks like the Heat-Knicks rivalry of the 90's might be making a return, which would be great for the city of New York and the NBA and Im sure the Commish would love that.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2010 11:59 am

Who's in the market for CP3?

I'm thinking a three way between Magic, Lakers, and Hornets: . Lakers need an upgrade at PG and always are looking to make their team dominant.  Jameer in LA would be sweet and CP3 in Orlando would be a championship.

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