- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “My friend Ben Q. Rock [...] argues the [Orlando] Magic’s efforts to acquire Chris Paul from New Orleans “may soon take a major hit” because the Hornets parted with Collison, a potential point guard of the future. I disagree because that presupposes the Magic had a reasonable chance of obtaining Paul in the first place. I don’t think any team, let alone the Magic, had a chance to obtain Paul. I’ve argued for a while that the Hornets would be crazy to trade away their franchise player while he has two more seasons left on his contract. Simply put, Paul just doesn’t have any leverage to force a deal because of his contract situation and because he’s not the type of person who would become a team cancer. All that said, you can bet that the Paul speculation will heat up again if the Hornets start their 2010-11 badly.”
- Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “The Orlando Magic’s efforts to acquire Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets may soon take a major hit as the Hornets have traded Darren Collison, Paul’s backup and a rookie sensation last season, to the Indiana Pacers as part of a four-team, five-player trade, which Chad Ford first reported. Additionally, the Hornets will take on Houston Rockets swingman Trevor Ariza, who would join Emeka Okafor as a Paul running-mate with a long-term contract. The Pacers will receive Hornets swingman James Posey as well.”
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Wednesday’s Magic Word
Definitely. But the trade didn't much sense to begin with. This seems like the move that is only done to try and convince your star that you want to win now. Except that they got Trevor Ariza and Marco Belinelli.
IMO just solidifies Chris leaving at some point. I'm not sure what the plan is in New Orleans, but I'm sure at some point it will lead to cutting your losses and getting 50 cents on the dollar for CP3
The longer the Hornets wait to move Paul, which I think is an inevitability, the less value they're going to get in return for him.
It makes it easier, in theory, even though it doesn't make much sense for New Orleans to trade away Collison and get Nelson down the road, especially when the latter is a much older player and more expensive.
Hah. Good call on the ratio.
I don't get why this would make Paul happier. Ariza is an overpaid, overrated role player. He's not going to be a "running mate" for Paul. Unless Paul is just that good to turn Ariza into a 20 ppg scorer off nothing but cuts and fast breaks.
The Pacers white player ratio just took a serious hit with this trade, by the way. Underreported element to this story!
I can see Paul moving around the deadline if their season isn't going well. And trading Collison just makes a deal with the Magic easier without involving more teams (Jameer Nelson)
I agree with Robbins. I never thought it was remotely likely the Hornets would move Paul this summer. When he's got a year left on his deal, maybe they'll reconsider but I think the issue is dead for now.