You’d think after Hurricane Katrina and the BP Fiasco, God would stop hating on New Orleans.
Think again, Nostradamus.
Reports from Yahoo! Sports today revealed that the Hornets are listening to offers for Chris Paul, one of the top three point guards in the NBA. Most people would call him an untouchable, but with the circumstances in The Big Easy, it could happen.
As owner Chris Shinn tries to sell the team, he wants to drop salary faster than the Florida Marlins after a World Series. And with the impressive play of Darren Collison, Hornets’ head honchos see Paul as somewhat expendable.
Calling a player that averages a double-double for his career “expendable” is like calling Floyd Mayweather an idiot to his face.
Nevertheless, the possibility of CP3 moving is out there. And in the wild atmosphere of the 2010 offseason, he could provide another chapter to the possibly monumental summer.
The Trade: Paul, Morris Peterson, and Marcus Thornton for Greg Oden, Andre Miller, and Martell Webster and a minimum contract player.
So the Oden experiment in Portland comes to an early end.
However if you told Blazers fans their backcourt could be Roy and Paul, they would make this trade so fast Oden’s knee might collapse.
But this deal isn’t terrible for either team. The Hornets get the big man in the last year of his deal, so they can lose him if he can’t fight through injuries. But if he can put together a good year, they have a center to build around in the future.
That’s the biggest if since “Lindsay Lohan can get her career back if she avoids alcohol.”
Or coke. Or crack. The list goes on.
Miller provides Collison with a veteran tutor to help him become a NBA starter and elite player. And Webster is a young sharpshooter and athlete that can stretch the floor on a team that struggled from distance.
On the other side, the Blazers' Batman gets his Robin. That’s one of the scariest backcourts since Gail Goodrich and Jerry West. And Thornton and Peterson are free agents in 2011, so they will have cap space then.
Who knows, they could add Carmelo.
I just made Portland giggle like a schoolgirl.
The Trade: Paul and Emeka Okafor for Erick Dampier and Caron Butler
Mark Cuban loves making huge deals that completely change the shape of his team.
He also has a quick trigger finger than John Wayne.
The Mavs send Butler, who was acquired midseason in 2010, and long time offensively inept Dampier and Dallas throws a parade. With Paul dishing to Nowitzki, they make actually threaten the Lakers for top spot in the West.
Oh, never mind. The Spurs still beat them like Chris Brown.
But don’t forget about Okafor. He isn’t the world’s greatest big, but having him, Haywood, and Nowitzki rotating in the 4 and 5 slots, they will have an extremely long frontcourt.
The Lakers proved having three quality bigs is a winning formula, so why not emulate it?
The Hornets get their huge salary dump. Butler and Dampier are heading into the last year of their deals, so they could look to grab a free agent to put with David West and Collison since they will have $20 million in cap space.
Or they could do what the Pistons did and overspend on mediocrity.
How'd that work out, Dumars? Enron is run better than your team now.
The Trade: Paul, Okafor and Julian Wright for Jamal Crawford, Marvin Williams and Mike Bibby.
Let’s face it. The Hawks cannot take down the elite teams in the East as they are built now.
They attacked the Magic in the Eastern Conference Semis like Kate Moss attacks a buffet.
So how can the Hawks be made over? A little star power and some attention to defense.
The three players they receive will help them in those two areas. Paul can sell tickets with the best of them and Okafor provides some interior presence that they desperately need.
And Wright? Well he’s a free agent after 2011. So that saves a little cash that they can spend to fix those hideous unis.
The Hornets get a bonafide scorer to pair in the backcourt with Collison, and a more than serviceable veteran off the bench in Bibby. NOLA lacked leadership last season, and Bibby, despite his matador defense, can provide just that.
And Williams? He’s…well…Screw it. He’s awful, but the salaries have to match somehow.
Side note: The Hawks would have already had Paul if they wouldn’t have drafted Williams.
Best draft pick since Kwame Brown, who has less skill with both hands than Jim Abbott had with one.
The Trade: Paul, Thornton, Okafor and a minimum contract player for Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus, and Ryan Anderson.
Hey Magic fans, how did trading your best playmaker for Vinsanity go?
Because the Celtics thought it went well.
This is their chance to make it up. They get a real ball handler for the crucial minutes in Paul. But that’s not all, folks: Okafor allows the Magic to match up better against the traditional, two-big lineups and can help on the glass, taking some pressure of Howard.
However, with Howard’s shoulders, he takes on pressure better than Atlas.
But the big reason the Magic should do it is because of Jameer Nelson. Rajon Rondo abused Nelson off the dribble, but that won’t happen with Paul in Orlando. With the deal, Nelson becomes expendable, and he can be traded for more talent.
Orlando fans will try to show Nelson's stats in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
I will show them the ECF stats, and they will be quiet
For the Hornets, this deal is similar to the rest: a salary break.
Pietrus and Anderson come off the books after one year, and putting a scorer next to Collison will help his stats rise to elite level. Getting rid of Okafor’s massive deal is a huge bonus, as it doesn’t weigh down heavily on the Hornets’ budget.
The Trade: Paul and Peterson for Eddy Curry, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, and Bill Walker.
Doesn’t he look great in the Yankee fitted? And with this trade, guess who could be joining him?
Akron Hammer sighting!
If the Knicks can somehow reverse their terrible managerial past, they could move very close to their goal of getting LeBron. Having Paul at the point gives King James the sidekick he craves, and this one is already proven to be at the top of his game.
Unlike Mo Williams. Or Antawn Jamison. Or the other looki-loos the Cavs call a supporting cast.
Just mentioning this made Spike Lee faint. Paul, James and possibly another top free agent makes the supporting cast nearly irrelevant. Even American Idol can't assemble that kind of talent, and the Knickerbockers would rocket back to NBA elite status.
But this trade is actually likely. The Hornets get nearly $15 million in cap relief in 2011 with the deal, and Chandler and Gallinari are solid additions to join New Orleans’ core.
Sure, they have to take on Curry’s corpse, but if they want to get rid of salary, this is the best option. No matter what they do, the Hornets will have a subpar 2010-2011. However, they can set themselves up for a good draft pick next year and a high-caliber free agent.
If they can make their starting lineup Collison, Thornton, Carmelo Anthony, West and Okafor, in 2011, they can be a contender a lot quicker than expected.
Unfortunately, this all rests on Donnie Walsh.
So let’s not get too excited.