One source close to the process told ESPN.com that talks with the Warriors are "definitely cooling" because of Golden State's unwillingness to include Curry in the deal.And how about the Lakers chances? Well, the Hornets aren't big on their bigs.
The Clippers, meanwhile, have been aggressive in their pursuit of Paul, but sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne that neither Gordon nor restricted free agent centerDeAndre Jordan have been offered to New Orleans.
Said one source close to the situation of Gordon's inclusion: "That's a deal-breaker (for the Clippers)."
The Knicks still remain a longshot, which comes as little surprise.
Sources say that Paul has known for weeks that the Knicks, his No. 1 preferred destination to join Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, do not have the leftover trade assets after the Anthony deal to join the bidding. The Magic likewise appear to lack the requisite assets to make Howard happy by making a suitable offer for Paul, who has privately expressed great interest in teaming up with the NBA's reigning Defensive Player of the Year.