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Report: Chris Paul eyeing Knicks or… Clippers?

Nov 29, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony AP

When the New Orleans Hornets reach out to Chris Paul not long after Dec. 9, they will offer him a max deal that will have one more guaranteed year and be worth $27 million more than what any other team can offer. That’s a lot of money.

And there are not many people — even in New Orleans — that think he will take it. It’s not that he doesn’t love the city and his teammates, but this is a franchise without an owner now. As our own Ira Winderman said, the only chance the Hornets have of keeping him is getting a new owner fast, one that can convince CP3 to stay.

More than likely he’s on the move. To either the Knicks (as we all expected) or the Clippers.

Wait, what? The Clippers? That’s what Chris Broussard reports at ESPN.

Paul’s first choice by far is to team up with the Knicks’ Anthony and Amare Stoudemire to form yet another Eastern Conference Big 3, according to sources close to the situation.

The Knicks should have enough room beneath the salary cap next summer to offer Paul, who can become a free agent after this season, a contract starting around $13.5 million, just below the maximum. And while New Orleans could offer him more money, Paul, like his buddies (LeBron) James and (Dwyane) Wade did a year ago, will gladly take a little less to join the team of his choice….

There are, however, a few other teams Paul would consider signing extensions with, most notably the Los Angeles Clippers. Yes, the Clippers.

Now that Blake Griffin plays for L.A.’s other team, the Clippers have become a hot destination franchise. Stacked with young talent, they could offer any combination of Eric Gordon, Mo Williams, DeAndre Jordan, Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu.

I get why the Clippers are attractive but I ask this — would Chris Paul really trust to sign on with a team owned by Donald Sterling?

New Orleans is in a tough spot, the same spot Denver was with Carmelo Anthony. They may need to move Paul to get some value back for losing their star. On the other hand, right now the Hornets are owned by the league. There is no way the league could trade Paul to New York, or even the Clippers. The owners just locked out in part to keep superteams from forming superteams, the league can’t then sanction one.

Basically, the Hornets need to get an owner. Fast.

  1. stoudemiretotherim - Nov 29, 2011 at 8:19 AM

    dwight dwill nets, celtics and heat big three, cp3 stoudemire melo knicks and russ kd on the thunder

  2. stoutfiles - Nov 29, 2011 at 8:24 AM

    Oh come on, he’s not staying with the Hornets because they don’t have an owner. He’s leaving regardless because he wants to play for an always competitive large market with another superstar. They ALL want to do this if given the chance.

    At this rate they should just cut half the teams in the league because the small market teams have no reason to exist except for being a highlight reel for the large market all-star teams.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:42 PM

      It’s a good thing we didn’t just miss a bunch of basketball games to keep fans of small market teams from being petulant babies.

  3. mondzy805 - Nov 29, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    As a Clippers fans, I would tell Chris that Sterling is the cheapest owner in the NBA and he has the most paper. But, NY Knicks wont win a, Title anytime soon, so its something to think about.

  4. cantonbound13 - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Clearly NY is the best destination for Paul. He’s going to have a great system, whether it’s D’Antoni or Phil Jackson.
    He’s playing with 2 stars in Amare & Melo & if you win in NY you make lots of money in endorsments. No brainer for Paul.

  5. therealhtj - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    CP3 and Dwight will end up in LA. NO and ORL can get something for him this season if they’re smart, or they can get max deals with the Lakers next year when LA amnesties a broken down Kobe and doesn’t exercise Bynum’s option. They’ll probably have enough cap space to make a run at DWill too, especially if the Nets want to at least end up with a still viable Pau.

    So much for the competitive balance this new CBA was supposed to offer.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:54 PM

      “So much for the competitive balance this new CBA was supposed to offer.”

      That’s because it doesn’t exist in any sport…at least in the way fans of small market fans want it to. Might as well say the new CBA didn’t deliver unicorns either.

      • rezburna - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:50 PM

        I guess you don’t watch the NFL. Teams come out of the blue and become TRUE contenders all of the time. The Saints, Cardinals, and Seahawks all either made it to or won a Super Bowl after years of obscurity. Look at the 49ers this year. Look at the Wild Card Packers last year. When was the last time an 8th seed won and NBA Championship? Don’t worry, I’ll wait. The Lakers and Celtics account for more then half the championships. The NBA is only entertaining from a player by player standpoint. The teams mean nothing. I’m a Hornets fan, as well as a Saints fan. I take comfort in knowing the Saints could win the Super Bowl any year. The Hornets will never see a championship series unless something changes about the NBA.

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