Chris Paul Trade Rumors: Michael Jordan and Bobcats May Land CP3, Dwight Howard

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2011

PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 15:  (L-R) Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and Dwyane Wade, members of the men's gold medal winning USA Olympic basketball teams, wave to the crowd during half time of the 58th NBA All-Star Game, part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Center on February 15, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Chris Paul recently said he wouldn't rule out the possibility of joining forces with Michael Jordan as a member of the Charlotte Bobcats

If he does, Charlotte would suddenly have a shot at Dwight Howard.

It may be a long shot for an organization like this to be the next one to land multiple superstars.  It makes sense for Miami, New York and Los Angeles.  But Charlotte?

It all starts with Paul, who has a couple reasons to play in Charlotte.  He grew up in North Carolina and has admitted to being enticed by the chance to play NBA basketball in his home state.

Michael Jordan is the majority owner of the Bobcats, and Chris Paul has said, "To have a personal relationship with him now and for him to be a mentor of mine, it's something when you're growing up as a kid in North Carolina you would never expect."

Later in the interview, he added, "I think guys do and will want to play for MJ. Who better to learn from?"

Paul (who has an endorsement contract with Jordan shoes and apparel) clearly has a lot of respect for MJ and it looks like he wouldn't mind playing for his mentor.

And if Charlotte does land CP3, it would make the team a much more attractive option for fellow 2012 free agent, Dwight Howard.

Between now and the 2012 free agency period, Charlotte could part ways with the hefty contracts of Joel Przybilla, Boris Diaw, Matt Carroll, DeSagana Diop and Eduardo Najera.

The departure of those players would give Charlotte nearly enough cap room to make max offers to both Paul and Howard.

Plus, the team has a lottery pick in this year's draft and could very well have another one next year.

They could use those picks to select a good wing like Alec Burks this year, or Harrison Barnes next year to play with two of the best the league has to offer.

Such a team could be instant contenders in the Eastern Conference.

And just imagine the pick-and-roll alley-oops from Paul to Howard, with Michael Jordan cheering from the front row.


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