Chris Paul Trade Scenarios: How Michael Jordan, Charlotte Bobcats Can Land CP3

Joseph Fafinski@Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IApril 16, 2011

Chris Paul Trade Scenarios: How Michael Jordan, Charlotte Bobcats Can Land CP3

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 22:  Chris Paul #3  of the New Orleans Hornets smiles as he walks off the court during the game against the New Jersey Nets at the New Orleans Arena on December 22, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Hornets defeated the Nets
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    Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets, perhaps basketball's best point guard (although Derrick Rose and Deron Williams have convincing arguments), is likely to be on the move in the summer of 2012.

    One team that allegedly might court Paul's services are none other than the NBA's newest franchise, the Michael Jordan-owned Charlotte Bobcats.

    Paul, when asked about the situation, said he would be open to the idea, and additionally stated that it would be an honor to play under Michael Jordan in North Carolina.

    "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." Paul stated, before turning everyone's heads by remarking, "I think guys do and will want to play for MJ. Who better to learn from?"

    In order to get CP3, the Bobcats are going to have to offer some of their best players, regardless of the situation.

    Using ESPN.com's NBA Trade Machine, I will take a look at five possible trades that would get Paul to the city of Charlotte, and look at what New Orleans could get for him.

    With all that in mind, I hope you enjoy and thanks for reading!

4. The Three-Way Swap

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    CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 13: Kyle Korver #26 of the Chicago Bulls puts up a shot on his way to 19 points against the New Jersey Nets at the United Center on April 13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Nets 97-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly ac
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    Bobcats get:

    PG Chris Paul

    (Projection: +1 win)

    Hornets get:

    PG DJ Augustin

    SG Kyle Korver

    SG Ronnie Brewer

    (Projection: -3 wins)

    Bulls get:

    SG Stephen Jackson

    SG Matt Carroll

    (Projection: +1 win)

    In the first trade of the four I will take a gander at, Chris Paul heads to Charlotte all by his lonesome in a three-team, six-player swap.

    The Hornets receive a solid point in D.J. Augustin and improve at the shooting guard position by snagging Kyle Korver of the Chicago Bulls, an upgrade over current starter Marco Belinelli. 

    Just a note: Augustin, since he wouldn't be suited well for Paul's backup spot, will be dealt in every situation during this slideshow.

    Michael Jordan plays a big role in this trade, as the third wheel of the group is his beloved Bulls. Chicago takes care of their biggest question mark in acquiring the 33-year-old shooting guard Stephen Jackson, who in turn brings leadership and attitude to the club.

3. The "It's Possible to Trade Superstars" Swap

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 12: Al Jefferson #25 of the Utah Jazz looks to against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Jazz 118-100. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by do
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    Bobcats receive:

    PG Chris Paul

    C Al Jefferson

    (Projection: +0 wins)

    Hornets receive:

    PG D.J. Augustin

    SG Stephen Jackson

    Jazz receive:

    PF Tyrus Thomas

    C DeSagana Diop

    SG Gerald Henderson

    Instead of trading for the real deal himself (Dwight Howard), why not pull off a deal that would send both Chris Paul and Al Jefferson to Charlotte?

    The Bobcats receive Jefferson and Paul in the trade, but I'm not entirely sure that they are worth giving up Tyrus Thomas, D.J. Augustin and Stephen Jackson, their three current most vital players.

    The Jazz would be in on this trade and receive some much needed energy in the slasher that is Thomas.

    Jefferson, at his best, can be Dwight Howard, minus the tremendous defense, so why not give him a shot?

2. The "Let's Rely on the Future" Trade

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets competes in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge apart of NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Staples Center on February 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty
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    Bobcats receive:

    PG Chris Paul

    (No projection since I didn't put it through trade machine)

    Hornets receive:

    PG D.J. Augustin

    2012 and 2013 first-round picks

    (No projection since I didn't put it through trade machine)

    This exchange is a simple "we both want bright futures" trade, so why not give the Hornets a decent point guard and two of our first-round picks, which may or may not be lottery protected. This way it gives both teams a chance to contend sometime in the near future.

    The Bobcats, as always, receive CP3 while the Hornets, as expected, downgrade at the point guard position with D.J. Augustin, but they look to capitalize on the prime picks that the Bobcats have given them.

1. The Most Realistic of Them All

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    MIAMI, FL - APRIL 08:  D.J. Augustin #14 of the Charlotte Bobcats drives to the lane during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on April 8, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by download
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    Bobcats receive:

    PG Chris Paul

    2011 second-rounder from the Hornets

    (Projection: -2 wins without draft pick)

    Hornets receive:

    PG D.J. Augustin

    SG Stephen Jackson

    SG Gerald Henderson

    (Projection: no change)

    In the final trade, the most realistic one, the Bobcats receive who else but Chris Paul. Additionally, the Bobcats receive New Orleans' second-rounder for the upcoming draft, in part because they need to fill roster space, and to make the trade a feasible one as well.

    The Hornets get D.J. Augustin and Stephen Jackson, two players who already share a formidable backcourt in Charlotte. Gerald Henderson is thrown in there as well, but it's unlikely he'd see the hardwood a lot in the Big Easy.

    This trade is perhaps the most realistic of the bunch because in all honesty, there's a chance other teams won't get involved, and I believe that to be true for this particular scenario.

What About Dwight Howard?

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic and the Eastern Conference dunks the ball in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center on February 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and
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    Dwight Howard recently was overheard by the Charlotte coaches saying, "Hey, wouldn't I look great here next to Kwame [Brown]? Twin towers—me and Kwame."

    I'm not so sure whether to believe that entirely, but if the Bobcats land Chris Paul, which at this point it looks like they might, Howard is not at all out of the question.

    The fact of the matter is that while it may be difficult for the Bobcats to snag both, it is a possibility.

    Let's say they deal for Paul with the "let's rely on our future" trade, and you take a look at a starting lineup of Paul, Stephen Jackson, Tyrus Thomas, Boris Diaw (or a 2011 draft pick) and Dwight; you all of a sudden are looking at a perennial playoff contender.

    Paul is always good for a 15-point, 10-assist night, while Howard is usually a lock for a 20-point, 13-rebound game.

    How does that sound, Bobcats fans?

    Charlotte is going to need to dig deep in order to find the talent and the cap space (which they have a lot more after the departure of Gerald Wallace) in order to pull these trades off.

    It's clear that the Bobcats are done in their tenure as mainstays among the league's worst, and with guys like Paul and Howard it will be hard to deny their talents.

    Joseph Fafinski is currently a freshman at the University of Missouri. Originally from Chaska, Minnesota, Joseph is an NBA and Minnesota Timberwolves Featured Columnist and a frequent writer of the NBA, NFL and MLB. You can e-mail Joseph at jef3m8@mail.missouri.edu or on Twitter at   @JosephFafinski

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