Riddle: How does a six-foot tall man disappear?
Answer: He asks.
Chris Paul is making it hard to ignore him. With the NBA on the edge of it's collective seat from the LeBron James sideshow, Paul has inserted himself into the limelight by asking the Hornets to make him disappear.
According to ESPN the Magazines' Chris Broussard, the Orlando Magic have emerged as the preferred destination for Paul. CP3, as he has been dubbed, would ironically complete the trifecta for Orlando, giving them a 3rd large piece (beside Dwight Howard and Rashard Lewis).
It may be more than just a smokescreen.
Among the Magics' assets include both Marcin Gortat and Vince Carter. This is significant in that both contracts would include team options for 2011-12. That flexibility might look interesting to a Hornets organization looking for exit strategies.
And what about the proposed destination? Certainly a "dream team" nucleus of Howard, Paul, and Lewis would be a formidable trio.
But how good?
Look no farther that the NBA history books for an answer. The NBA is dominated by teams with dominant big-man play. Dwight Howard is the most dominant center playing the game, but lacks a consistent side-kick to act as an outlet when teams decide to pinch. Adding Paul to the mix adds an MVP caliber PG, to a team with an MVP caliber center. Throw sharpshooter Lewis into that mix, and teams (yes even the Heat) would be hard pressed to come up with answers.
In Paul and Howard, the Magic would possess something that even the vaunted trio in Miami wouldn't be able to lay claim to. The ability to work the ball both outside in, and inside out to players of superior pedigree.
Miami's offense lacks great low post play and therefore will be forced to penetrate or work the perimeter to find shots. That can be a tall order during physical, slow-down playoff basketball; however, with both an MVP quality center and point guard in the fray, the Magic would have the luxury of being able to scheme to any opponent. That's scary. Voodoo scary.
The Bayou has been home to storied 'magic' over the years, and Chris Paul is looking to continue in that tradition by disappearing from New Orleans.
The secret to great magic has always been misdirection and timing.
The secret to making the Magic great, could mean Orlando's front office will need to master both of these elements over the next few weeks.
With Paul in Orlando, who'd be thier bigger competition?