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Who really is on Chris Paul's trade demand list?

Jul 22, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

nba_paul_250.jpgChris Paul wants to get traded, we get it. What we don’t get is where, exactly.

The first report from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com said the Knicks, Magic and Lakers were on the list. But that’s not what ESPN’s Chris Broussard heard, and he is probably as well connected with LeBron’s people and the marketing firm LRMR as anyone (and Paul signed with LRMR recently).

Sources told Broussard on Thursday that the Knicks and Magic are on Paul’s list of preferred destinations, but the Lakers are not. Sources told Broussard that the Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks are also in the running if Paul were to be traded.

All four of those teams make some sense (although could Paul and Brandon Roy, two guys who like the ball in their hands, really co-exist well?). More sense than the Lakers, anyway. New York and Orlando make a ton of sense, great pick-and-roll partners in those cities.

Personally, I’ve said the Hornets should not trade Paul. But if they do, they are not going to just want to move their biggest star — the price is going to be taking on Emeka Okafor or one of the other bad contracts weighing down the Hornets roster. If they are going to rebuild, they will want to clear the decks.

That is going to mean a lot of moving parts in any deal. Expect it to take time, a long time. Or the Hornets could just go through the motions of a deal they never will make.

  1. SonOfaNOLA - Jul 22, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    I start off by saying I am a hornets fan. I think they need to move him because he is gona leave anyway. I think he (Paul) is a slime ball and the second his boy ditched Cleveland he was ready to ditch NO. This has the fingerprints of the geniuses at LRMR all over it. He is under contract so he can’t say much he gets LRMR to float out this nonsense for him and he can demand a trade with out taking the PR hit. Problem is any one out there worth their salt can see right through it. That is what LRMR is a bunch of dumb guys who think they are smarter than everyone else out there.
    The move is not going to happen because of the ownership situation. The incoming owner wants Paul gone because he knows he is going to go anyway and because he needs the value of the team to go down about 30 mill to be worth buying. Shinn wants to keep Paul because he doesn’t want to loose value in the sale.
    Shin is the current 75% share owner and he is gona get what he wants.
    Sorry Paul your gona be a Hornet and your boys at LRMR are going to F-Up your rep just like they did Bron.

  2. Smint - Jul 22, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    CP3 and B Roy played just fine together on the All Star team, duh.

  3. teke184 - Jul 22, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    “Shin is the current 75% share owner and he is gona get what he wants.”
    60% owner, not 75%. He’s lost a percentage of the team to Chouest over the years because he’s been unable to make payroll at times and Chouest ponied up the dough to do so.

  4. Ian - Jul 22, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    He should go to Portland. They will trade Andre Miller, Jerryd Bayless, Joel Przybilla, Rudy Fernandez, and Elliot Williams for CP3 and Okafor. CP3, Roy, Batum, Aldridge, Oden with Camby, Matthews, Pendergraph, Babbit, Cunningham, Johnson off the bench is dirty.

  5. Mike - Jul 22, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    That would be great if he went to the Lakers that would make two definate powerhouses in the NBA (Heat and Lakers) it would be fun to watch in the finals

  6. Zachariah Blott - Jul 22, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    The Knicks have little to trade other than Curry if NO also wants to dump Okafor, Orlando could find a way if they include Gortat, Dallas is in the Hornets’ division which is a big no-no, and Portland looks primed to do something considering they probably didn’t just sign a $9 million SG to back up Roy.
    Check out the complete analysis at http://www.hoopskarma.com/hk/2010/7/22/which-team-will-chris-paul-run-next-year.html

  7. Tony - Jul 22, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Lets give him to Miami like Gasol was given to the lakers! Then they would really have a team!

  8. manemann - Jul 22, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    What about my Mavericks. Chris Paul can hook up with Chandler lkie they used too in NO. Who knows how things play out in LA and Miami, we could get Camelo next year. Come on down CP3 to Dallas.

  9. luffy - Jul 22, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    NY is the best place for him, got Amare and TMAC(I hope his game comes back next season, at least 60% will do), I’m sure they’ll burn that Miami team down if he goes to NY…

  10. BL - Jul 23, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    What about Miami. If Chris Paul is not traded this year, would that setup an opportunity for Pat Riley to acquire Chris? Just saying, what about Miami?

  11. Dave G. - Jul 23, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    FOUR max contracts???? Won’t happen. IF it does then Miami did something illegal to circumvent the salary cap and Stern would and should come down hard on them, but then again, he alloowed thwe gimme trade of Gasol and then allowed the Ref’s to dictate the finals into LA’s lap. C’mon, the MOST free throws in a quarter ALL SEASON just happened to be the last quarter of the season and the 7th game of the Finals?
    Anyone who thinks the games aren’t fixed, needs to send me what they’re smoking.

  12. Anonymous - Jul 23, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    There were no max contracts. Next year Miami has money to play with and Chalmers contract is up. And other players are with an option. Be on the lookout. It could really happen.

  13. yoyoyo - Jul 28, 2010 at 1:49 AM

    Yo yoyo chris paul was just traded to miami read wikipedia

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