Paul has no leverage, though. It's going to be nearly impossible to trade for Paul, given that he's under contract with the Hornets for two more years.
- Paul wants to win. That's why it's been reported that he'd like to get traded to teams that are in a better position to compete for championships than the Hornets. I don't think there's anything wrong with Paul's attitude, nor should you be concerned that Howard would bolt with him in 2012. You're crossing too many bridges that haven't been established yet.
- Theoretically speaking, if the Magic traded for Paul and Okafor, considering who they'd be giving up in return, there wouldn't be much issue with the payroll. Orlando would be committed to Okafor's long-term contract, assuming they attend to keep him, but that's the lone hassle that they would have to deal with in acquiring Paul. You take that "inconvenience" and run with it.
The only bad contracts the Hornets have left are Okafor and Posey. I don't think the Magic will get Paul, for the simple fact that he probably won't be traded right now. But don't underestimate Otis Smith's ability to sell the farm for Paul, either.