As the Chris Paul saga continues, it has become evident that David Stern has a formula for what this Chris Paul trade will eventually look like and won’t accept anything less.
If the trade for Paul doesn’t involve draft picks, young stars and salary-cap relief for the Hornets, Stern isn’t interested.
Even an agreed-upon deal that would have given the Hornets a consistent 20-point scorer, a great post scorer and rebounder, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, a solid, young backup PG and a first-round pick wasn’t acceptable for Stern.
There are very few players in the league that teams would be willing to trade for Paul that fit Stern’s formula. Here’s a list of five players I feel the Hornets should look to build a trade around if they want to get a quality package in return for Chris Paul.