"The Blazers got close to a deal with the Hornets last week that would've sent Andre Miller, Joel Przybilla, Nicolas Batum, Jerryd Bayless and the 22nd pick to New Orleans for Paul before [Hornets GM] Jeff Bower pulled out of the deal, saying that their owner wasn't ready to trade Paul. The trade they made on draft night got them out of the luxury tax, so that's no longer the issue. The issue is whether Paul is now unhappy enough to force a trade. Personally, I think the Hornets can do better than that for Paul, but it's a viable deal."
- Chad Ford
I think the Hornets can do way better than that for Chris Paul. Would we be willing to trade:
Chris Kaman- $11,300,000
Baron Davis- $13,050,000
to the Hornets for
Chris Paul- $14,940,000
Emeka Okafor $11,540,375
I'd be willing to downgrade a bit at the center position in exchange for "arguably" the best point guard on the planet. No argument that CP3 is better than Baron Davis. The real question is how much of a downgrade is Emeka Okafor? I think with the addition of Blake Griffin, we'll be relying a lot less on Kaman to produce his 18.5 points a night and usually the bulk of those points came in the first quarter. Okafor last season averaged 10.4 points in 28 minutes. His per 36 is 13 points per game. Defensively, I'd say Okafor is pretty even to Kaman's production, he could be better with more playing time than his 28 minutes per game. Okafor grabbed 9 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and .7 steals per game in 28 minutes. Kaman had 9.5 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, and .5 steals in 34 minutes.