Chris Paul has apparently got caught up in the love-fest that is the NBA these days and has begun telling those close to him that he would like to be traded from the New Orleans Hornets, who have showed no ability of late to win with a guy who is thought to be the one of the best – if not the best – point guard in the NBA and who have compounded that lack of winning with a roster devoid of talent necessary to allow a point guard to succeed.
The team and the embattled guard met yesterday and both sides put on a nice public face after the meeting, but Paul still wants to be in a place where he can win and the team realizes that they no extra incentive to move him without getting a blockbuster deal in return.
As far as the Clippers are concerned, it’s a nice dream to think of the aging and often languid Baron Davis being replaced by the megastar that is CP3, ready to fit right in with the team’s young core while providing some of the savvy he’s picked up in just 5 seasons (he was also a key member of the gold medal winning 2008 Olympic team).
But the reality is that, short of sending the entire rookie class out to New Orleans AND Chris Kaman, the Clippers don’t have the pieces necessary to get a trade done. And, perhaps more importantly, they don’t appear to have the want to get a deal done, choosing instead to let the team start the season as currently constructed.
It says here that the lack of interest in Paul on the Clippers’ part is a good thing, something that means we here in Clipperland can rest assured that Neil Olshey and company have a plan that is deserving of our confidence.
But it sure would be nice to have Paul running up and down the floor, finding Blake Griffin on a break…
**As I mentioned on my Twitter feed last night, the Clippers have reached an agreement with undrafted rookie Marqus Blakely, a SF/PF from Vermont. Here’s what I said about Blakely’s pro prospects after his pre-draft workout.