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Chris Paul is arguably the best point guard in the NBA, and is the key to the Hornets' future.
It's pretty obvious that Paul has no real interest in signing a new contract to continue playing in New Orleans. So trading him for a few building blocks is the smart thing to do.
Paul is the complete package when it comes to being a point guard.
He is a true leader and a triple-double threat every night. Paul has shown some of the best defense and court vision currently in the NBA, and will make any team an instant contender.
With the New Orleans franchise in a bit of a mess right now, it will be hard to convince a star player to sign a long term contract.
Paul has plenty of trade value. He is young, shows a great persona, and has a bright future in this league.
Teams that are already contenders, like the New York Knicks, could look to put a trade together – but could be strapped for players considering they have six free agents.
However, if Paul hits the free agent market in 2012, the Knicks could be the favorites to pull in CP3.
There are plenty of wild card teams that could make a move at Paul too.
Orlando has shown interest in getting Dwight Howard some help, but a trade with them would likely involve the ridiculous contract of Gilbert Arenas.
Oklahoma City could always make a move if Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant don't find true chemistry. Westbrook is a player with the ability to have a team built around him while Paul would be the perfect teammate for Durant.
Other teams with promising futures could also pursue Paul, but there aren't a ton of realistic destinations.
Trading the former Demon Deacon could be best for New Orleans' future and could make another team a championship favorite.
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