According to ProBasketballNews.com, Chris Paul said that it is possible that he can get traded for financial relief. Here is the report:
"New Orleans star point guard Chris Paul insisted he was serious when he said there's a chance he soon could be traded.
Paul was interviewed Thursday by Pro Basketball News, and asked about his team's financial situation. The Hornets are staring at being well over the luxury tax, and might have to dump some big contracts.
"In this league, anything can happen," said Paul, at the summer league to watch his Hornets. "I can be dealt."
Paul then was asked that surely he can't be serious he could be traded.
"It's possible," he said. "It's possible."
The Hornets made a move last February to save money by dealing center Tyson Chandler to Oklahoma City. However, the trade ended up being rescinded after health concerns surfaced regarding Chandler.
Paul is hopeful the Hornets will end up retaining their key players, but knows nothing is certain.
"Right now, it looks like the same cast," he said. "But, if something happens, it happens. ... Me and (forward James Posey say to one another that) we've got to work with what we've got and go out and play hard."
This is the type of topic to ponder if you're sitting at work bored out of your mind. This is the type of scenario that you can fantasize about and wonder, "what if?"
Despite what Paul says, there is NO CHANCE he gets dealt. The Hornets would call it quits before actually dealing him. Maybe in a couple of years, if the team is in the dumps and Paul has outgrown the franchise, then maybe, just maybe, we can have this conversation. For the 2009-2010 season? Definitely not.
But just for argument's sake, what would be a fair package for the best PG in all of basketball... hands down. From the Knicks, I would suppose Chandler, Toney Douglas and Hill would headline any deal. With Gallo's back situation in flux, he probably is not as valuable to other teams as we think he is. Any deal with Paul would have to include Peja's awful contract as well. Throw in Mobley's contract and another expiring and take back Paul and Peja. Steep price? Yeah. Enough to get it done? I doubt it.
Look around the league for a second. Which team out there has the pieces to make an attractive offer? The problem for teams like Portland and Chicago is that while they have young talent, that young talent will soon be expensive young talent. See LaMarcus Aldrige and Tyrus Thomas (Chicago has D Rose anyway. I just threw them in for argument's sake).
Perhaps OKC has the pieces. Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green, the cap space to take on a massive contract, and multiple future draft picks. That's a decent starting point, especially given that Westbrook is going to be a future star in this league. Hell, averaging 15 ppg, 5 apg, and 5 rpg as a rookie PG might already make him a star. OKC might be a place to start looking if Paul was actually on the block.
Golden State can offer Stephen Curry and Anthony Randolph, as well as either Brandan Wright or Marco Belinelli. Randolph looks like a beast. Curry... well we all played him up pretty big before the draft. I am assuming that we have not re-tracked our previous thoughts that he can be a star.
Any other thoughts? Like I said, this guy will NOT be dealt any time soon, if ever. But this can be fun to play with. The Knicks I can assure you do not have the pieces to make a run. The only team that has the potential to do it in my mind is OKC because of their combination of young talent and their ability to absorb a contract. Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green, a 2010 1st round pick, DJ White and let's say Nenad Krstic for CP3 and Peja. Is that way too much for OKC? I think it might be. Your thoughts?