First off, I would like to say that ALL of my information comes from James and OUrday over on rufusonfire.com. They started all of the CP3 rumors and beliefs, and I am using all information from their site.
New Orleans is in serious financial problems. They are in no position to keep both Okafor and Paul. Why? Paul will want a max deal once is contract is out and New Orleans doesn't have the money. Also, former NO GM Bower, was fired last week. Bower was the one who said that he would NEVER trade CP3. With him out of the picture, it looked possible for Paul to become a Bobcat. Also, why would he want to come to Charlotte? Those who don't know, CP3 was born and raised in NC and also went to Wake Forrest in Winston-Salem. Along with being a native to NC, he is also under the Jordan Brand, owned and founded by Bobcats Majority Owner, Michael Jordan. You would think that it would make sense for Paul to come to Charlotte.
Here's where it gets interesting. The Bobcats have been putting up smoke screens to make it obvious that Charlotte and NO were in trade talks. Charlotte was apparently "interested" in Ramon Sessions from Milwaukee. That was smoke screen number one. Smoke screen number two was the signing of Shaun Livingston and also might have meant DJ Augustine was trade bait.
Then the Bobcats got the most important contract in the NBA: Erick Dampier. For those who don't know, Dampier can be waived from a team and it will provide instant $13 Million relief to whoever releases him. This would be VERY resourceful for New Orleans as they do not have enough money to build a team around Paul.
HERE ARE THE TRADES TO RECEIVE PAUL AND OKAFOR:
Trade 1: Erick Dampier to New Orleans for Chris Paul
It works financially for both teams and opens up more cap room for NO. It is just a one player deal because for 60 days, or two months, Dampier cannot be traded with another player. It can only be a player to player deal.
Trade 2: DJ Augustine, Gerald Henderson, Nazr Mohammed, unprotected 1st Round Pick, and a 2nd Round pick for Emeka Okafor.
Again it works financially for both teams, and it would get New Orleans out of their giant contract with Okafor.
Now here is where it gets interesting. Paul and Carmelo Anthony have both said they would like to play with each other. Anthony is another Jordan Brand guy. How could Charlotte pull off Carmelo?
Trade 3: Gerald Wallace and Boris Diaw, a future 1st and 2nd Round Draft pick for Carmelo Anthony.
It all works: Financially, theoretically, all of it. According to James and OUrday's sources, these deals are NOT officially dead, but still slim at the same time. I wouldn't hold your breath.
So if you look at Charlottes starting line-up for next year:
In my opinion, that is a Eastern Conference contending line-up. Not only would picking up Paul and Anthony be very resourceful on the court, but off the court, they could easily lure other players to Charlotte.
Keep your fingers crossed 'Cats fans. Until Charlotte goes through with one of their back up trades, I would NOT call this deal dead yet.