With the news breaking from CBSsports.com that sources close to Chris Paul are saying that he wants out of New Orleans, everybody and their mama are ecstatic at the idea that their team may be able to get arguably the best PG in the game. But it is not going to be that easy.
It has been said previously by the Hornets front office that they are not going to trade their franchise player, but who in the front office was saying this? The old management or the new? The Hornets are currently in the midst of revamping their front office, management, and coaching. With a new head coach Monty Williams and GM Dell Demps the Hornets are entering what may be the biggest decision in the franchise’s history, what to do with a possibly disgruntled Chris Paul? Well this Monday they will meet with Paul, along with President Hugh Weber, to try and convince him that he should stay in New Orleans.
Now let’s say that they fail to convince Paul of that and he demands a trade from the Hornets. What will it take to get Chris Paul? That’s what I’m going to tell you. First the Hornets understand the importance of Paul to the team, franchise, fans, and city, thus it will take a lot to get Paul. Let me say before I get into this that as a lifelong Hornets fan losing Paul would be devastating to this franchise. Now on to what teams will need to bring to the table to CP3.
Expiring Contracts: If the Hornets decide to trade Paul they will be looking to the future to sell their tickets and that means having plenty of cap space during the 2011 off-season. They will be only accepting two type of players in this deal: future potential all-stars/starters and players with expiring contracts. The Hornets are already in good shape when it comes to the 2011 off-season with Peja Stojakovic’s $14million contract comes off the books. Add that to Darius Songalia’s $4.8 mil, David West’s $8 mil (who the Hornets would like to resign to a similar type deal), and Julian Wright’s nearly $3 mil and that’s a good chunk of change to spend next offseason. Now with any expiring contracts coming from a possible Paul trade they Hornets would be looking at $30 million in cap space. They would be prime to make a bid on the big off-season names of 2011.
Potential: The second thing needed in order to get Paul would be future players who are young, talented, and full of potential. This could be a Anthony Randolph from the Knicks, a Danny Granger of the Pacers, or any other young talented players out there.
Back-up PG: The Hornets have a future potential all-star PG already on their roster with Darren Collison, but if Paul was no longer on the team he would be the team’s only point guard. Thus the team receiving Paul would need to give up a solid back-up PG.
Draft Picks: I hope you are sensing a theme of young and future in this article. The Hornets would need more draft picks in the future in order to help build for the future through Monty Williams eyes. With these picks Williams would select the players who would fit his system.
James Posey: If you are going to get Chris Paul, you are also going to get one of the worst contracts in the NBA right now in James Posey’s. If I was the Hornets it would be a package deal no ifs, ands, or buts. Simple as that.
So that would be what the Hornets would be asking for, if I was the GM. If you were the Hornets GM what would you be asking for in return for CP3?
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Written by Andrew Tressler