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Pushing Chris Paul: Why the New Jersey Nets Must Push To Get This PG

CHARLOTTE - APRIL 24:  New Orleans Hornets guard and former Wake Forest star Chris Paul talks on the court after Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Orlando Magic and the Charlotte Bobcats during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 24, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  The Magic beat the Bobcats 90-86.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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Quentin HaynesContributor IJune 22, 2010

The Nets went 12-70 last season.

Nets fans became excited with the thought of adding Kentucky superstar John Wall to New Jersey until they received the No. 3 overall pick.

Right now the Nets have many expendable pieces. With the rumors of New Orleans courting calls for Chris Paul, the Nets have to put it all on the table.

If I were New Jersey, I would offer: the third pick, Devin Harris, Courtney Lee, and a future first-round pick for Paul.

Why? Because Paul is a superstar. Even in his 45 games last season, Paul averaged 18.7 points and 10.7 assists.

Some fans would ask, "How will New Jersey get a banger inside now?"

Well, between the 27th and 31st pick, the Nets could add a solid guard behind Paul like Nevada's Armon Johnson and a strong post player like England's Ryan Richards.

The No. 3 pick is a huge risk. Derrick Favors is a potential superstar in this draft—I understand that. If you get the chance to draft a young franchise player, you almost have to make that move.

Another reason New Jersey should pull the trigger? They need some relevance.

Since missing out on the No. 1 pick, the Nets went from a front-runner for superstar free agents like LeBron James and Chris Bosh to a team that might be able to sign David Lee.

Adding Paul to the Nets could help them add someone like Joe Johnson or Amar'e Stoudemire. The most intriguing potential addition is Stoudemire because he has dominated when playing next to a pass-first point guard.

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