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Report: Celtics, Clippers, Warriors “strongly engaged” in Chris Paul talks

Dec 6, 2011, 7:14 PM EST

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The New Orleans Hornets are going to move first — Chris Paul is the superstar most likely to be moved by the start of the season. (The Dwight Howard situation has more questions.)

And the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers are at the front of the line, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

As the New Orleans Hornets push closer to making a decision on where to trade Chris Paul, the All-Star point guard has indicated the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors could significantly raise their chances of keeping him beyond this season if they also sign center Tyson Chandler, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday.

Paul hasn’t promised he would re-sign with one of those teams following the 2011-12 season if they acquired Chandler, but league sources said Chandler could make a significant difference in ultimately swaying Paul to commit to a long-term deal.

While talk radio folks in Los Angeles scoff at the idea of Paul signing with the Clippers instead of the Lakers, that is the draw of playing with Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon — he may well agree to an extension with the Clippers if those two and Chandler are there. The Clippers would offer center DeAndre Jordan (a restricted free agent the Clippers are trying to re-sign), forward Al-Farouq Aminu, point guard Eric Bledsoe and the unprotected 2012 first-round pick of the Timberwolves.

Blake Griffin told ProBasketballTalk he would love to play with Chris Paul.

There is one huge hurdle, however — will Paul sign a long-term extension with a team owned by Donald Sterling? If this team had any other owner they might be the front runner, but his track record as an owner and person leave you to wonder if Paul really would sign there long term, Blake Griffin or not.

The Warriors offer is basically Stephen Currywho the Warriors covet — and rookie Klay Thompson. The Celtics package is based around Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green is in the mix.

The questions there are, again, would Paul sign an extension with those teams? Does that change if they can bring in Tyson Chandler? (Remember that Paul and Chandler played three years together in New Orleans.) The Warriors have met with Chandler, but the Celtics have no real shot at getting him due to cap space restrictions.

Remember, Paul also wants to play for the Knicks and, so long as he is willing to take less money, can get there as a free agent this summer.

Wojnarowski says the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets remain on the outside but are trying hard to sway Paul and the Hornets.

  1. tilllman40 - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    I’m a Knicks fan but in all honesty I don’t want cp3. This is gettinglame.

    • darealrandolph - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:48 PM

      im a knicks fan and i want cp3 or monta ellis
      we need a big 3

  2. darealrandolph - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    chris paul u need to do a melo and join the best team the new york knicks

    lets go knicks

    amare stoudemire knicks
    carmelo anthony knicks
    chris paul……… u need to come to the big apple new york knicks

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    So Paul and Howard have anyway on their contracts. They make it clear they’re gone after the season.Force their teams to tradevthem for cents on the dollar. Conspire with other stars to try to set up “superteams”, and nobody cares? Nobody thinks what these guys are doing is worse what Lebron did? Lebron (and Bosh) fulfilled his contract and worked out deals so their old teams could sign them and tradevthem for 1st round picks and cap space. Lebron and Bosh got KILLED all year and continue to get ripped. Paul, Howard, Carmelo? Nothing.

    • goforthanddie - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:01 PM

      Carmelo? Nothing.
      Where were you last season?
      And Paul is telling his team up front he’s gone, giving them time to do something.

    • qball82 - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:56 PM

      The difference is these guys are being up front with the team about their intentions. Lebron let the Cavs believe they had a shot with him, and then left them at the alter without so much as a heads up phone call. He basically handicapped the franchise because they couldn’t go after any big time free agents as they would want assurances from Lebron he would be there with them and he wasn’t telling so they were left scrambling to make bs trades to try and make him happy.Carmelo let the Nuggets know up front he wasn’t going to sign long term and it looks like CP3 is doing the same. Lebron handled his business like a punk, period.

      • Kurt Helin - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:37 PM

        Paul is being up front. ‘Melo kind of was, too, the Nuggets just held out for the best deal. Howard is a mess.

  4. ss3walkman - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    As much as I would LOVE to see CP3 in NY its hard to pass up the up and coming Clippers.

    CP3
    Gordan
    Griffin
    Dwight

    Nasty. They can afford both CP3 and Dwight.

  5. progress2011 - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    If Paul goes to the Celts, there will be no need for Rondo any longer. Rondo is too good of a ” non-scoring ” PG to sit on anybody’s bench.

    SEND HIM TO MIAMI

    PG- Rondo
    SG- Wade
    SF- Bron
    PF – Bosh
    C – anybody, it won’t matter

    CHAMPIONSHIP !!!!

    I don’t even live in Miami but I will fight to get season tickets. That will be the most ” ENTERTAINMENT ” my family will need, once or twice per week. Plus it may get me outta going to dance class, art class and the rest of my ” honey-do ” list !!!

  6. bostonian1775 - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    if the celts trade rondo and green in a package and only get cp3 for a year then the celts are in trouble next year

  7. rushbacker - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:50 PM

    Man, I’d love to see the freakin’ Warriors steal a guy the Lakers and Celtics want.

  8. EvanZ - Dec 6, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    If the Warriors could somehow get Paul and Chandler, that will shake things up quite a bit out west.

  9. reupjosh - Dec 6, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    We get it @darealrandolph. Yes, you’re a Knicks fan who has no grammar skills and makes the rest of us true fans look bad. Please stop with your idiotic post. Anyone who reads these comments already knows you’re a knicks fan, and want CP3 to play in the garden and D12 in bk with Dwill. YESSS WE GET IT!!!! PLEASE STOP YOUR ILLITERATE RAMBLING.

    Kindest,
    The rest of the PBT readers.

    • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:03 AM

      Beats reading any of the obnoxious Celtics fan posts.

      • phaden27 - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:26 PM

        Gee Bozos do you hate Boston or something, I mean I couldn’t tell from every other Celtic article on this website :P

      • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:16 PM

        Not any more so than Bostonians hate any of their sports rivals. Just take a peek on any Jets, Lakers, or Yankees threads here and then tell me what you see. Hint: Constant bashing of those teams by Boston fans. So just call what I do payback. Capishe?

  10. jolink653 - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    @tillman40 totally agree with you…I’d rather I’ll use that cap space on a bunch of players instead of Chris Paul…we need size and interior presence which is something Chris Paul doesnt give us…I’d love to see the Knicks pick up Tyson Chandler or deandre Jordan so we can move amare back to the 4 where he belongs

    • passerby23 - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:26 AM

      Amare already plays the 4 in NY. Turiaf is the 5 right now. Not saying Chandler wouldn’t be a great upgrade at centre, but the Knicks don’t have the money to pay him anyway.

  11. vstyle23 - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    What does Orlando need to do to get Chris with Dwight? Please tell me it’s possible

  12. Chris Ross - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:51 AM

    It’s going to be really interesting to see where Chris Paul and Dwight Howard go when everything is finished. All these rumours are quite a tease. It would be nice to see Chris Paul and D12 stick in their respective cities but I have a hard time seeing that happen. D12 knows he can’t win a championship without a legitimate wing guy/point guard and Chris Paul knows he needs a legit big man. Making the playoffs won’t cut it for them anymore and after seeing these guys teaming up you know they’re going to do whatever they can to find a situation as similar to that as possible. If they don’t get something done before the season starts I wonder how much of a distraction this is going to be during the season.

    http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/super-teams-are-super-bad-for-nba/

  13. zacmonte - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    If the Hornets will go into a giant rebuilding mode instead of trying to reload with a deal for another star, that Clippers deal looks pretty damn good and they could maybe squeeze more out of it. If they make that deal, the Hornets will most likely earn a high lottery pick of their own, one maybe even in the top 3 rang, as well as another one from the Twolves that is unprotected that could also very well be a high lottery pick. With how loaded this draft is. DeAndre Jordan is a nice piece as well, I don’t know how I feel about aminu yet, and the jury is still out on Eric Bledsoe, who looks to have a pretty good amount of potential.

  14. SOBEIT - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    I’m worried that if the Warriors get him and Chandler, that CP3 would still leave for another team the following season. Then we would lose a key player in Curry and the affordable upside of Klay Thompson. At the end of the day, these top tier players want to continue to decide where they play and who they play with. That means CP3 eventually ends up with the Knicks or Lakers…though the Knicks make more sense because Kobe always wants the ball and so will CP3. Don’t get me wrong…I want a player of his caliber…but not for a single shortened season rental.

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