Paul doesn't have a shortage of suitors. A top-flight point guard on the trade block has caught the interest of a bevy of teams.
ESPN's Chris Broussard indicates that the Celtics and Lakers are still pushing hard for Paul, but with the offer of Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green and two first-round picks, there is no way the Hornets are going to find a better return value for Paul.
Pau Gasol is an established veteran, but he's not a piece they can build around for the future and he's not dominant enough right now to justify flipping CP3 for him.
The Hornets have a chance to soften the blow of Paul leaving by inserting Rondo into the lineup, as well as two first-round picks that would set them up with all the tools they need to build a talented young nucleus. Green only sweetens the deal.
The Celtics are aging out and they're willing to liquidate some of their assets to avoid a collapse. It's hard to see a team like the Warriors coming out of nowhere and snatching Paul away by adding a piece like Stephen Curry into the mix.
There is only one Andrew Bynum and the Lakers' lofty goal of landing both Dwight Howard and Paul just isn't feasible.
The Celtics are coming hard and they've got the arsenal to pull off this monster trade. The Hornets aren't going to see an equal return value on Paul, but this is the closest thing they are going to get.