NBA Rumors: Chris Paul and 5 Trades That Could Affect LeBron James
The free agent period is officially open. Teams are looking to wheel and deal to bring new faces and improve their franchises. However, the talk of LeBron James' next home will dominate the free agent talk until he signs.
We have already heard about the idea of a super-team with three max contract players and where players like Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh sign can affect LeBron's decision.
However, there are also possible trades in the works that could change the LeBron landscape as well. Teams may look to the trade to improve their clubs and that could have a domino effect on LeBron's ultimate decision.
Chris Paul to the Nets
Chris Paul rumors got red hot before the draft, but the window may not be completing shut on a trade despite what is coming out of the Hornets' front office. One trade that could rattle the LeBron process is an acquisition of Paul by the New Jersey Nets.
The Nets were attached to the rumor prior to the draft. If Paul does land in New Jersey, it would certainly move the Nets near, if the to the top of, the list suitors for LeBron.
Chris Bosh to the Heat
Rumors are heating up of Chris Bosh going to the Heat in a sign-and-trade for Michael Beasley, Mario Chalmers and others. Bosh going to the Heat could pique LeBron's interest in going to South Beach. Or, it could even dissuade from going to the Knicks or the Bulls considering the second superstar, and big man, he would like to play with is off the market.
Luol Deng to the Magic
The rumor of Luol Deng to the Magic for big man Marcin Gortat brings a quality big man to Chicago (which it needs) and opens up more room for LeBron, another max contract player and a third quality piece. Put all that together will Derrick Rose and the Bulls have an immediate, legitimate contender.
Tony Parker to the Knicks?
Rumors have recently spread that the Spurs may considering trading their point guard. The Knicks reportedly called San Antonio regarding Parker's availability (with what pieces, who knows).
The Knicks first crack at the Spurs was rejected, but the Spurs could be persuaded enough to trade Parker if they believe they can't sign him before his contract expires next season.
Should Parker go to New York, that provides LeBron with a franchise point guard with championship experience. Something he has significantly lacked during his career to this point.
Al Jefferson to...?
There may not be another big, impact player on the trading block, but it is tough to deny the impact Jefferson could have. Here is a young big man who already averages 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Timberwolves are looking to trade him with some speed.
The initial rumors tied him to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Zach Randolph, but both the Knicks and Bulls are in need of a big man. Jefferson alone likely won't persuade LeBron but Jefferson's presence is a quality bargaining chip.