This is the time of year when NBA trade rumors are swirling furiously.
The Orlando Magic have recently been at the front and center of many of these rumors, mainly because of their disappointing Conference Finals exit. I for one, would definitely not be against such a move. It is sorely needed to take the next step.
One rumor involves Gilbert Arenas going to Orlando. It is certainly interesting, but the most intriguing one involves Chris Paul for a possible combination of Jameer Nelson and Vince Carter. The reason is obvious; Paul is light years ahead of Arenas and would be the perfect fit for Orlando.
The trade seems like Orlando would be giving up a lot at first glance: two starters for Paul. But, don't be fooled, it would be completely worth it.
Carter never completely fit in with Orlando's philosophy, and he would easily be replaced by J.J. Redick.
Redick isn't as physically talented as Carter, obviously. But his three-point shooting fits more into Orlando's offensive philosophy. He is also younger and he would be dynamite with Paul driving and dishing out to him.
Nelson has been a solid player for the Magic the past few years, but people have been questioning if he is the right piece to lead them to a championship.
It may not be fair, but just think: He was hurt when the Magic made their Finals run last year with Rafer Alston. When Nelson returned to the lineup (a move that I, along with many others thought was a mistake), he was rusty and infamously misplayed Derek Fisher on the three-pointer, which effectively ended last year's Finals.
I like Nelson, don't get me wrong; but he is no Chris Paul, not many people are.
Paul would provide Orlando with the true superstar complement to Dwight Howard, something Orlando needs to compete with the Kobe Bryant/Pau Gasol duo if the Magic are to take home the title. And don't kid yourself: Until you tell me otherwise, you still have to go through L.A. to win the ring.
Paul was/is the perfect drive and dish player in New Orleans. Just think of all the times you saw him driving and lobbing an alley-oop to players like Tyson Chandler.
Now, think of him doing the same thing to out-of-this world leaper and freak Howard. Yeah, that does sound a little unfair, doesn't it.
Howard is still developing as a low-post player, but he will always be known for his defense. Having a player like Paul feeding him would accelerate his offensive game light years ahead of its current course.
Plus, Paul is a pass-first point guard, unlike Nelson. Don't get me wrong, Paul gets his numbers, but his mentality is pass-first. That is exactly what Orlando needs to facilitate its offense.
In 2009-10, Orlando showed that they desperately needed to shake things up.
I liked their intentions when they traded for Vinsanity. Plus, the fact that many people felt Hedo Turkoglu was overrated was only compounded by his current whining in Toronto. Nevertheless, it didn't bring home the ring many people were hoping for, but it was a move that needed to be made.
But trading for Paul is a move that would completely eclipse the one Orlando made last year.
It may also eclipse the rest of the Eastern Conference and put Orlando on a crash course with L.A. in the Finals next year.
Kobe and Pau vs. Dwight and Paul. Who wouldn't pay to see that one?