NBA Trade Rumors: 10 Teams Chris Paul Would Fit Better With
Rumors have started to fly that Chris Paul wants out of New Orleans. The point guard claims he wants to win championships. If the Hornets aren't committed to winning, he wants out.
With Paul possibly on the trading block, teams all over the NBA have to be salivating over the chance to get arguably the best point guard in the league.
Although a deal for Paul hypothetically might not happen, it's still fun to think of the point guard leaving the Hornets and joining another team.
Imagine the combo of Paul and Lebron James. What about the combo of Paul and Joe Johnson in Atlanta? Or Paul with Dwight Howard in Orlando?
If a deal comes to fruition, one team will be receiving one of the best point guards in the league.
With all the talk of a trade, here are the 10 teams Paul would fit in better with outside of New Orleans.
10. Houston Rockets
The Rockets may have a budding point guard in Aaron Brooks, but the addition of Paul would make this team one of the best in the West.
The combination Paul working with Kevin Martin and Trevor Ariza would be scary. If Yao Ming returns to the Rockets, the team would be one of the most talented in the Western Conference.
Shane Battier and Luis Scola would provide tough defense, while Paul would be the catalyst on offense for guys like Martin, Ariza, and Ming.
Although Houston appears to be set on Brooks, the idea of Paul in a Rockets jersey would be intriguing.
9. Denver Nuggets
If somehow the Nuggets were able to build a trade for Paul around Chauncey Billups, Paul would be an exciting force to watch in Denver.
The combination of the point guard and Carmelo Anthony would be a ridiculously fun tandem to watch. It would almost be impossible for any NBA team to stop such a high-powered offense.
While Billups has been great for the Nuggets, Paul could be that little extra something that would put Denver over the edge towards a championship.
Denver may be happy with Billups, but Paul in the sky-blue jerseys would be one awesome sight.
8. Los Angeles Clippers
A Baron Davis-Chris Paul swap could make this possible.
Paul would get the chance to play in a huge market for an up-and-coming team. Seeing him team up with Eric Gordon would also be a treat to watch.
Although the Clippers seem to be progressing, something tells me Paul wouldn't fully support playing for the other LA squad. If he wants to play for a team that's committed to winning, the Clippers aren't the franchise to choose.
But seeing Paul run the point of this young, talented bunch would be a convincing reason to check out the Staples Center when the Lakers don't play.
7. Miami Heat
A backcourt duo of Paul and Dwyane Wade would be one of the most ridiculous duos in NBA history.
But the Heat don't have too much support after that. The move could possibly attract Bosh to town, however.
If that were to happen, the Heat would definitely be a force to be reckoned with. Wade and Paul would be able to create a ridiculous amount of opportunities down low for Bosh.
On top of that, you have to believe that the chemistry between Wade and Paul would be great. They both want to win and will do whatever it takes for their teams to succeed.
6. New Jersey Nets
Mikhail Prokhorov has shown he wants to turn this franchise around, and the chance to add Paul would prove he's going in the right direction.
Plus, Paul would be a significant piece in the puzzle to New Jersey signing some of the top free agents in this year's class. It could attract players like LeBron and Chris Bosh to town.
The chance to see Paul, Bosh, and James on the same court would be an incredible site. With a point guard of Paul's caliber, the other two would undoubtedly thrive.
If the Nets somehow acquired Paul, his appearance would significantly help lure other top stars. If they were all together, it'd be one of the most dangerous teams in the league.
5. Atlanta Hawks
Like with Wade and the Heat, getting the chance to watch Paul team up with a great backcourt player like Joe Johnson would be extremely dangerous.
On top of that, Paul would get the chance to work with some of the better young big men in the league in Al Horford and Josh Smith. One of those would undoubtedly be involved in the trade to bring Paul over, however.
Getting the chance to watch Paul team up with Johnson could make the Hawks into a perennial contender in the East. They might actually be able to pull off playoff wins they've lacked recently.
4. New York Knicks
Like with New Jersey, the addition of some of the top stars in this year's free agency pool could make this happen.
If New York was able to re-sign David Lee or sign Chris Bosh, along with persuading James to come to town, Paul would have to be intrigued with what the Knicks would offer.
Like the Nets, the Knicks have the cap room to get something like that done. It'll be interesting to see if it works out at all, though.
Plus, the chance to play in one of the world's biggest markets has to attract the point guard.
Paul, Bosh/Lee, and James all could lead the resurgence New York fans have been waiting for.
3. Orlando Magic
Of all the combinations I've mentioned, none would be as scary as Paul teaming up with Dwight Howard.
The talent of the duo would bring back memories of the Shaq-Penny Hardaway days of the 90s.
Seeing the top point guard and center on the same time would be deadly. It'd be almost impossible to gameplan to limit the pair.
The Magic would lose some talent in Jameer Nelson and Vince Carter in order to get Paul, but with the point guard and center together, the team could build from there.
If this were to actually happen, could you imagine how many spectacular some of the alley-oops between the two superstars would be?
2. Los Angeles Lakers
Most of this discussion has been hypothetical. Talk of Paul going to the Lakers might seem ridiculous, but it would assemble one of the best teams in NBA history.
Teams had enough trouble stopping Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol last year. Imagine what it'd be like with Paul running the point.
On top of that, with all the talent the Lakers have all ready, moving some pieces for Paul wouldn't be as much of a struggle as other teams would face.
Paul wants to play for a team committed to winning. No other team has been as committed to winning as the Lakers.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
With Cleveland searching for that final piece to bring home an NBA championship, adding Chris Paul could be the last step.
First, they'd have to reel in James during free agency, something that definitely isn't known for certain right now. On top of that, the Cavs would have to add Byron Scott as their coach.
With James and Scott secured, Paul's addition to the Cleveland lineup would significantly bolster the team. He'd give the Cavs a true point guard that they haven't had in recent years.
Scott would be a huge factor since Paul succeeded with him while Scott was coaching in New Orleans. Convincing the coach to come to Cleveland would play a tremendous hand in Paul's decision.
With Paul at the helm, James would become an even more dangerous player than he has been. It'd also take away the some of the pressure of James carrying the team.
If somehow Paul and James were able to team up in Cleveland, it could finally be that final step in the process of getting a ring for the King.