NBA Rumors: My Take on the New Orleans Hornets Not Trading Chris Paul

Matt WagnerCorrespondent IIJune 23, 2010

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The New Orleans Hornets will not trade starting point guard Chris Paul despite interest from many teams. New Orleans said they will not trade Paul. However, if they get a deal they can't refuse, they would most likely at the bare minimum consider the offer. So here a a few trade offers that I feel could possibly convince New Orleans to trade Paul.

One option would be for the Wizards to trade their number one pick for Paul as former Kentucky point guard John Wall will most likely become the number one pick come draft day.

Another move to look out for is the Nets possibly trading their number three pick. They could propose a deal to the Hornets that would send the number three pick (most likely Derrick Favors) and Brook Lopez to the Hornets just to name an example.

If New Orleans doesn't accept an offer for Paul, another suggestion would be to entertain offers for backup point guard Darren Collison. 

Darren filled in for Paul exceptionally well when Paul was shelved with an ankle injury last season. He averaged 22 points and 10 assists during his tender as the New Orleans Hornets' starting point guard. That would make Collison good trade bait during the off-season.

The Hornets have a potentially franchise changing decision to make this off-season and it will be intriguing to see what option they do take.

Do the Hornets part ways with the face of the franchise and go with a soon-to-be sophomore in Darren Collison? Do they trade Collison and keep Chris Paul? Or do they keep the point guard situation exactly the way it is now? 

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