Chris Paul Rumors: Top Five Destinations
By now, everyone in the sports world has heard the Chris Paul may be traded away from New Orleans.
Hornets management has said that they will not listen to offers for their star point guard, but it's clear that Paul wants out of New Orleans.
Paul can be the missing piece for many teams who will challenge the Miami Heat for a NBA title next season.
Rumors of Paul joining up with Amar'e Stoudemire in New York have already surfaced, and this duo could immediately challenge Miami in the eastern conference next year.
Here are the top five destinations for Chris Paul next season.
This is a very unlikely scenario, but Detroit could be a player in the Chris Paul sweepstakes.
The Pistons still have some attractive pieces in Tayshaun Prince's expiring contract, and Richard Hamilton.
Rodney Stuckey and Austin Daye are both players who have yet to reach their full potential, and the Hornets could use both of these players.
In return, Detroit would get the true point guard they have needed ever since they traded Chauncey Billups to Denver for Allen Iverson. The Pistons would instantly become a playoff team once again with a very balanced lineup.
Oklahoma City Thunder
If Paul wants to truly challenge Miami for NBA championships in the future, there is no better person to team up with today than Kevin Durant.
Oklahoma City is building a very strong franchise with Durant as its superstar, and Chris Paul would immediately make them one of the best teams in the NBA.
The Thunder have plenty of young talent to trade away to New Orleans, and the Hornets may be willing to pursue such a deal if the price is right.
Dallas has already surfaced as a possible destination for Paul, and it's easy to see why.
Paul would put the Mavericks over the top in the western conference, and Dallas can send New Orleans plenty of expiring contracts to help them rebuild quickly.
Tyson Chandler, Caron Butler, and DeShawn Stevenson all have contracts coming off the books after next season, which would leave New Orleans plenty of cap space for the following free agency period.
New York Knicks
Chris Paul has already stated that he would want to play in New York alongside Amar'e Stoudemire.
New York has plenty of cap room to bring in Paul's contract, but they would have to get creative in making an attractive offer to New Orleans.
Given the lack of talent on the Knicks' roster, they would most likely have to give up Eddy Curry, along with multiple draft picks to appease the Hornets.
The duo of Paul and Stoudemire would certainly be one of the best in all of basketball, and if the Knicks could fill in the holes around these two, New York could become a serious contender in the eastern conference.
It's been reported by ESPN that Orlando tops Chris Paul's wish list. Given the pairing of him and Dwight Howard, it's easy to see why.
Orlando could trade away Jameer Nelson and Vince Carter's expiring contract in return for Paul.
Despite the moves made by Miami this off-season, Orlando would have an equally talented roster if they were able to land Paul.
Chris Paul, Dwight Howard. and Rashard Lewis going up against Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and LeBron James would create some epic battles in the sunshine state next May.