First Stop: Orlando
Trade Assets: Brandon Bass, Vince Carter, Jameer Nelson
Orlando doesn't have the realistic trade assets that the Hornets would want in a deal for Paul and ideally would have to involve a third team into the mix. If Paul were to enter the picture, it would make Nelson and perhaps Carter expendable. One team that makes sense as the third team is the Golden State Warriors and here is the possible trade:
Gets: Chris Paul
Gets: Emeka Okafor
Gets: Vladimir Radmonovic
Gets: Brandon Wright
Gets: Monta Ellis
Gets: Ryan Anderson
Gets: First Round Draft pick from ORL and Pair of 2nd Round Picks from GSW
Golden State Warriors
Gets: Jameer Nelson
Gets: Vince Carter
New Orleans would want to unload Okafor along with Chris Paul since they would be rebuilding. In this three team trade, Golden State would acquire the Magics' Vince Carter and Jameer Nelson. Their lineup would consist of (Nelson, Curry, Carter, Lee, Biedrins) which would rival the top dogs in the West and unload them of Ellis' hefty contract. It would give Don Nelson a chance to have a competitive squad and give them a two year window with Nelson and Carter having that much left on their contracts.
The Magic would acquire their new star point guard (Chris Paul) and Emeka Okafor along with a throw in in Vladimir Radmonovic from Golden State. Orlando would have a lineup of (Paul-Redick-Lewis-Okafor-Howard) and it would cause trouble for the Miami Heat in the division.
New Orleans would acquire another young star in Monta Ellis who averaged just over 25 PPG last season, Brandon Wright who would replace Okafor as well as Ryan Anderson from the Magic. Additionally, the Hornets woudl obtain draft considerations in the way of draft picks from both the Magic and Warriors. Still, the Hornets would have one of the better backcourts in Collison and Ellis; and with Thornton, Wright, West, and Gray, this team may surprise some.