Maybe it's a fantasy, but the sheer possibility of Chris Paul, my favorite basketball player of all time, getting traded to Charlotte, my hometown team, gets me extremely excited and in the mood to share my theory with anyone who is willing to hear it.
You would never think of Chris Paul, arguably the best point guard in the league, as being an expendable piece to a franchise. But, with an extremely young and capable backup point guard in Darren Collison, that's exactly what Paul is.
So how would the trade work? Here's a proposal:
Charlotte would send Gerald Wallace, it's first round pick in 2011, Erick Dampier, and D.J. Augustin to New Orleans for Chris Paul and Quincy Pondexter.
I think everyone would rather have Charlotte give up Stephen Jackson in this proposal, but the deal is much more likely to work out if Wallace is sent to the Big Easy.
Dampier and Augustin give New Orleans formidable backups at their respective positions, and Pondexter is in the deal to give Charlotte a little more incentive for giving up their premier player, a first rounder, and two backups.
It makes sense for New Orleans because they not only get to start Darren Collison, but they get Wallace to play small forward, a very good backup center in Dampier, a potential scoring threat in Augustin, and a first round pick in next year's draft.
Charlotte would exchange franchise players, but get one of the two best point guards in the league. The team would get younger as well.
Charlotte is left without a backup point guard in this scenario, in addition to Gerald Henderson probably being their best option at shooting guard.
Sherron Collins was looking good in the summer league, so making him the backup point guard wouldn't be the worst option in the world.
Here's where my hare-brained proposal takes another leap—sign Allen Iverson to a one-year deal.
Doing this would smooth things over for Gerald Henderson's transition to a starting role, and give the Bobcats either another starting playmaker, or another ball handler off the bench.
This is a pretty complex scenario, so let me show how it would work out.
PG: Chris Paul, Sherron Collins
SG: Gerald Henderson, Allen Iverson, Matt Carroll
SF: Stephen Jackson, Quincy Pondexter
PF: Tyrus Thomas, Boris Diaw
C: DeSagna Diop, Nazr Mohammed
PG: Darren Collison, D.J. Augustin
SG: Marcus Thornton, Luther Head
SF: Gerald Wallace, Peja Stojakovic, Julian Wright
PF: David West, James Posey, Darius Songalia, Craig Brackins
C: Emeka Okafor, Erick Dampier
After looking at those rosters, it's hard to see why this trade hasn't already been done.
Charlotte would add an incredible point guard, give Gerald Henderson a chance to shine, get a poor man's Gerald Wallace in Quincy Pondexter, and add a scoring threat/ball handler in Allen Iverson to ease the transition.
Sure, they would need a little more depth, either from rookies or free agency, but the principle of the deal would remain the same. New Orleans would add depth, a first rounder, and an All-Star small forward in Gerald Wallace.
Both teams get a much needed face lift and become playoff contenders once this trade goes down.
I would greatly appreciate some feedback on this.
Regardless, this deal makes a lot of sense and gets me very excited about the Charlotte Bobcats' future.
Maybe it's just a fantasy...
But with Michael Jordan in charge in Charlotte, it could become a reality.
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