This is not some sham of a set up leading to a decision that crapped on the very foundation of the "Magic/Bird" post-ABA NBA. We know how important individuals were to the league and their markets. It was why I was always against expansion to begin with, but the almightly dollar always wins out. As Andrew Smith said on TKB.tv last week, contraction has to be considered when CBA discussions are held.
This is not a circus, but the media will try to make it one.
This is about trading a star player, while not ruining your franchise.
Chris Paul wants out. That city is and has been, in peril for some time. And when they were running and gunning, the NBA was in love with the Hornets. Sadly and ironically, they have to rebuild, and, if you believe the reports, it looks like they'll be doing it without their franchise player.
So what do you do if you're Dell Demps? You create an atmosphere of youth and hope. You acquire players who want to be there and are starving for minutes.
National tragedies aside, New Orleans is one of the world's great cities. They have the Saints. It's a good sports town. They have LSU. Louisiana is a proud state. So far I've read that Dallas has the best inside shot. How? First of all, they don't have the contracts to match. Caron Butler is a good contract, but a package of Butler, Jason Terry etc etc won't match. So what's the offer? A third team?
Boston? Again, why on earth would Demps bring in a star PG like Rajon Rondo, a player who has been rumored to be a pain in the locker room? Doesn't make sense. Trade an unhappy star because you can't surround him with talent for another star who'd be pissed to be in the same situation?
The Blazers have assets, but again, they have to match salaries. Would the Hornets do Przybilla or Andre Miller along with a few younger pieces and picks? Maybe.
You rebuild with youth and exuberance. By acquiring assets and maintaining flexibility.Then you hope to stink enough to score in the draft. With a star player, it's tough to convince them to lose enough games to be helped in the lottery, where a high pick takes several years to develop into a playoff star. Face it, Kevin Durant hasn't been out of the first round yet.
Stars want rings.
Who knows if the Knicks can swing a deal. I think they can and have as valuable chips as anyone. The Hornets have to draw people with the hopes of winning. But plugging in NBA veterans with moderate to bad contracts along with draft picks isn't the right move, to me. I'd rally around youth and the hunger for minutes.
Or you keep Paul and spend money to bring in more pieces or move the team to another city.