From ESPN’s Chris Broussard, who aced the Miami coup a couple weeks ago, says this about Chris Paul:
Orlando, where he could team with superstar center Dwight Howard, is the second team on Paul’s list, which includes Dallas and then Portland, according to sources.
If they are not presented with realistic scenarios that convince Paul that New Orleans can build a contender very quickly, he’ll ask the club to begin speaking to the Knicks, Magic, Mavericks and Trail Blazers about possible trades.
Not that it really matters where CP3 wants to go, since he’s not an impending free agent, but it’s noteworthy that the Blazers are on the list with the larger markets nevertheless. Maybe all that “tampering” Kevin Pritchard did the past few years put the right thoughts in Paul’s head. Heck, maybe KP used Inception during a flight to the China Olympics.
While I still wouldn’t count on Paul being moved, much less coming to Portland, I will say this: of not only the teams listed but most teams in the league, the Blazers probably have the most balanced roster — in terms of youth, expiring contracts, talent with both cheap and long-term contracts — from which to package the correct group of assets to please the Hornets. That doesn’t mean Portland can trump any offer, just that they can offer the most appealing combination of talent, youth and financial flexibility.