Saturday, July 24, 2010

CP3 Update

In my last post, I shed light on which teams were atop Chris Paul's trade wish list. Since that day, a couple of teams have been added to the list: the Mavs and the Blazers. So let's take a look at the potential deals that could land Chris Paul.


Deal #1:
Caron Butler, Roddy Beaubios and DeShawn Stevenson in exchange for Chris Paul
I believe that Chris Paul is invaluble to any team that he may end up on, and the impact that he has on a basketball game is worth giving up these three players. Paul would fit well in the system that the Mavs already have in place, and he would be reunited with his old screen-roll buddy Tyson Chandler. The Hornets would do this trade because they are getting a versatile scorer and defender in Butler, and a young point guard with huge upside in Beaubios. Stevenson is merely a throw-in to match salaries.

Deal #2:
Jason Kidd, Caron Butler, Roddy Beaubios and DeShawn Stevenson in exchange for Chris Paul and Emeka Okafor
Rumor has it that any team considering trading for Paul must take back Emeka Okafor's huge contract, so in this trade I made that happen. New Orleans get the two guys they want, Butler and Beaubios while getting rid of Okafor's ridiculous contract. I think that Mark Cuban has too much respect for Kidd to ship him into the Bermuda Triangle, so some type of agreement may be in place to have the Hornets immediately start looking to trade Kidd to a contender in exchange for young talent or expiring contracts. If the Mavs do pull the trigger on this deal, look for them to start shopping Chandler or Haywood to make room for Okafor.


Deal #1:
Andre Miller, Jerryd Bayless and Greg Oden in exchange for Chris Paul and Julian Wright
I like this deal a lot for both teams. New Orleans gets an experienced point guard in Miller and a young combo guard in Bayless. Oden is the key in this deal, a former number one overall pick by the Blazers, Oden has been plagued by injuries his entire career and in my opinion, it's wearing thin in the Pacific Northwest. If Oden can stay healthy, many NBA exec's believe he has the ability to be one of the best defensive centers in the league. Not only does Portland get Paul, they also get a versatile young forward in Julian Wright, and we all know how much Portland loves versatile forwards.

Deal #2:
Andre Miller, Jerryd Bayless, Rudy Fernandez and Joel Pryzbilla in exchange for Chris Paul
If Portland is unwilling to part with Oden, they could still hammer out a deal by throwing in Pryzbilla's 7 million dollar expiring contract. New Orleans would have cap flexibility for the next two years (Andre Miller's deal expires in 2012) and they get two young talents in Bayless and Fernandez.

Stay tuned for more Chris Paul updates as he adds or subtracts teams from his list.

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