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Was it ever going to be anybody else?
Chris Paul's presence on the Blazers would immediately catapult them into the upper echelon of the Western Conference with one of the league's strongest starting units. Paul is easily the league's best pure point guard and would be an asset to any team lucky enough to land him, and particularly to the Blazers.
Much like Andre Miller, Chris Paul is an incredibly crafty and intelligent player who excels at running his team's offense. Both players are able to read opposing defenses brilliantly and seem to always make the right play. However, Paul is better than Miller at executing in the halfcourt, which is key for a Blazers team that ran into trouble in the post-season with long scoring droughts.
CP3's offensive versatility would force opposing defenses to pay constant attention to him at all times, and would additionally open up the floor for the rest of the Blazers. A Paul-Aldridge pick-and-roll would be one of the most difficult to defend in the entire league, given that both players can step out and hit jump shots or take the ball to the hoop with authority.
In transition, Chris Paul is unstoppable, with the ability to take the ball to the hole or make the right pass to a teammate for a finish. As I've stated many times in this article, the Blazers are one of the NBA's most athletic teams and need to get out in the open court as much as possible.
Though a starting backcourt of Paul and Wes Matthews would be slightly undersized, both are hard-nosed, aggressive defenders who can cover larger guards.
Acquiring CP3 would definitely be costly; the Blazers would likely have to give up Miller, Marcus Camby and Nicolas Batum together in a trade. Nonetheless, Paul has expressed his desire to come to Portland, and it's rare that a player of his caliber is even available.
If the Hornets shop Paul this summer, expect the Blazers to be one of the first teams to come calling.