From ESPN’s Chad Ford in his live chat:
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 NO for Paul before 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 no unhappy enough to force a trade. Personally I think the Hornets can do better than that for Paul, but it’s a viable deal.
We already had some specifics on the deal the Hornets backed out on, but thanks to Ford we now have all the details. Would any of you not have done this deal? That’s about what it would take to get an MVP candidate on a team that’s trying to shed salary. Perhaps the larger question is: Is this deal better than the Jameer Nelson + cap relief package the Orlando Magic have been rumored to be offering.
UPDATE: Ford has a story up now, which mentions that Emeka Okafor was included in the proposed deal, and that the Blazers are still pushing hard for CP3:
The Hornets no longer need to trade Paul for financial reasons. The trade they made on draft night with the Oklahoma City Thunder 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. The Blazers believe he is and will continue to pursue a Paul deal. They won’t be alone.