I'm just starting to wrap my head around the news this morning that the LAL are gunning hard for both CP3 and Dwight. Clipper Nation is also fully aware that the telephone lines in Playa Vista are working overtime for either of these game-changing talents. As far as CP3 is concerned, the NBA has kind of dug themselves into a tiny bit of a problem:
The Hornets are currently owned by the league, the same group of individuals who so "vehemently" (emphasis on quotations) stick up for the small-market teams. WIth the rest of the NBA watching, it will be difficult for them to explain that while they have the best interests of the league in mind, they are a catalyst for forming a "Super Team" themselves if they send Chris Paul over to the Lakers. At the same time though, Chris Paul won't sign an extension for just any team. What do you do if you're the league? Do you let Chris Paul walk for nothing? Or do you help aggravate the plague of the "Super Team"?
The Clippers best hope is that the league-owned Hornets mitigate this issue by trading CP3 to a pretty good team (that will rely on CP3's extension), but not a defined "Super Team" where they will unabashedly be criticized 'til kingdom come. The Clippers fit that category. Not to mention, we have same serious assets to help "rebuild" the Hornets through the draft. As far as public relations go, the Clippers might just be the best bet.