July 22, 2010
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CBS's Ken Berger broke news yesterday reporting that Chris Paul "wants out" of New Orleans.
"He wants to play with another superstar. He wants to follow LeBron's model of teaming up with other great players."
Berger furthered the report, stating that Chris Paul's preferred destinations are New York, Los Angeles (Lakers), and Orlando.
Sources within the NBA say members of Paul's camp have told them recently, "He's not going to start the season in New Orleans."
Rumor or not, CP3 has expressed his dissatisfaction with the New Orleans Hornets organization for quite some time. It is a fact that Paul questions the team's drive for winning—which ultimately makes a trade seem imminent.
Out of the three teams mentioned, which would be the best fit for arguably the most elite point-guard in the NBA today?
New York Knicks
After signing Amare Stoudemire to a max contract, dealing away David Lee, acquiring young guns Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike, Ronny Turiaf from the Warriors, and signing Raymond Felton to a two-year deal, the New York Knicks finally seem to be on the road to success.
Adding Chris Paul to the Knicks roster would almost guarantee Carmelo Anthony would join the team during next year's offseason, creating yet another dynamic trio in the NBA.
The Knicks signed Felton with the intentions of making him their starting point guard, but with CP3 now on their radar things could change quickly.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers re-signed Derek Fisher to a three-year deal and signed point guard Steve Blake to a four-year contract during the current offseason.
While it does not seem likely for them to acquire Chris Paul via trade, the top point guard would complement Los Angeles' roster very well.
Teaming up with Kobe Bryant in the backcourt would instantly give the Lakers the top guard duo in the league and a definite advantage in completing yet another three-peat in Lakers history.
The Magic organization would have to relinquish starting point-guard Jameer Nelson in order to receive CP3 in a trade.
With Orlando officially entering luxury tax territory after re-signing J.J. Redick (giving Orlando the top team payroll in the NBA), the Magic would have to give up more players on their roster, such as Marcin Gortat or Vince Carter, to make this a successful deal.
Similar to LA, this maneuver seems highly unlikely to actually go through.
Where do you see Chris Paul landing, if anywhere?
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