Celtics Make Big Offer to Hornets for Chris Paul

12/7/11 in NBA   |   Murphy24   |   278 respect

The end to the NBA lockout has raised a number of compelling questions surrounding the shortened schedule, new salary rules, and impending player movements. Most pressing, at least in the minds of the national sports media, seems to be this: What will happen to New Orleans star point guard Chris Paul?

At this point, it is well known the Paul has very little desire to remain in New Orleans long term, a fact that he himself has reiterated. Hoping to avoid the media circus that dogged the Denver Nuggets regarding Carmelo Anthony last season, and not wanting to lose the face of their franchise for nothing, the Hornets are exploring trade options for Paul sooner rather than later – and possibly before the season starts on Christmas.

At this point the Celtics, Warriors, and Clippers are all frontrunners in putting together the most attractive package to pry the star away. The Lakers, Mavericks and Rockets are also in the running, but don’t have the dynamic young pieces that New Orleans would require.

While the Warriors and Clippers have compelling pieces in the Stephon Curry and Eric Gordon respectively, the Celtics have reportedly offered N.O. a package including Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green, and two future first round picks for Chris Paul. Just 25 years old, Rondo is a suberb defender, one of the few point guards in the league who can approach the playmaking abilities of Paul, and is signed to a very reasonable long-term contract. These are all important things to consider for the up-for-sale Hornets, and the addition of Green, a rangy and athletic forward who can challenge opposing defense, ups the appeal of the deal even more.

At this point the Celtics appear to have the best offer, and have agreed to make the trade even without a commitment to sign an extension by Paul. Could a deal be imminent? If so, expect pre-season excitement to hit even higher levels, and look for Boston to return to its position at the top of the East.

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12/8/11   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Pat wrote:
Looks like CP3 is heading to LA for Bynum and Odom, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Correction: Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom for Chris Paul.

12/8/11   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Looks like CP3 is heading to LA for Bynum and Odom, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

12/8/11   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

Pat wrote:
I'm a bit puzzled as to why anyone thinks Jeff Green is such a huge asset.

It's not that he's a 'great' asset, I think that Rondo for Paul straight-up is a pretty fair deal as far as talent and health goes (and leaving out the fact that Rondo is a very major part of what this team is and can be)... when also you're giving up a younger player with upside on a veteran team that plays a postion of need as well, that just seems like too much to me.

If I was New Orleans, I'd make this trade fo sho unless the Clips throw in Gordon

12/8/11   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

beerstudk wrote:
I don't think that they nesissarrily need to rebuild with Jeff Green and Rondo on the roster, both of which are younger than Paul.  Rondo doesn't have the health problems Paul does.  Paul is a better player, I agree, but I don't think he's that much better.  The only thing I think he does better than Rondo shoot from 15+', but Rondo is a better individual defender and team defender.  On top of all that, Paul doesn't want to go to Boston.

Paul would be a slight upgrade, but only at the right price and giving up Rondo and Green is waaaaaaay too much to give up in my opinion.

I'm a bit puzzled as to why anyone thinks Jeff Green is such a huge asset.

12/8/11   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

Pat wrote:
 Rondo is a great fit for the Celtics... but only if the Big 3 play like the elite future Hall of Famers that they are. Unfortunately, they're starting to decline a bit, and KG and Ray Allen both will be free agents after this year. The C's are going to have to start rebuilding and moving the team in a different direction, and Rondo is more of a facilitator than a scorer. He will be far less effective without HOF options around him. CP3 has the potential to be more than Rondo ever was for the Celtics, and he's unquestionably the better point guard. I'm a huge Rondo fan, but this is a move for the present AND the future, and I totally understand it if the Celtics do it.

I don't think that they nesissarrily need to rebuild with Jeff Green and Rondo on the roster, both of which are younger than Paul.  Rondo doesn't have the health problems Paul does.  Paul is a better player, I agree, but I don't think he's that much better.  The only thing I think he does better than Rondo shoot from 15+', but Rondo is a better individual defender and team defender.  On top of all that, Paul doesn't want to go to Boston.

Paul would be a slight upgrade, but only at the right price and giving up Rondo and Green is waaaaaaay too much to give up in my opinion.

12/8/11   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Rondo, worst shooter in the NBA

12/7/11   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

beerstudk wrote:
Bad trade for Boston, they would be giving up way too much and not getting that much better.  I guess the motto is "Fix it 'til it's broken".  Rondo is a GREAT fit for them in both his play and in the locker-room, plus he already EARNED the respect of KG, The Truth and Jesus Shuttlesworth
 
Don't get me wrong, Paul would be an upgrade, but it's like upgrading from a SI Swimsuit model to a Victoria's Secret model by giving up your Ferrari for a Prius.

 Rondo is a great fit for the Celtics... but only if the Big 3 play like the elite future Hall of Famers that they are. Unfortunately, they're starting to decline a bit, and KG and Ray Allen both will be free agents after this year. The C's are going to have to start rebuilding and moving the team in a different direction, and Rondo is more of a facilitator than a scorer. He will be far less effective without HOF options around him. CP3 has the potential to be more than Rondo ever was for the Celtics, and he's unquestionably the better point guard. I'm a huge Rondo fan, but this is a move for the present AND the future, and I totally understand it if the Celtics do it.

12/7/11   |   smithbruce94   |   273 respect

THERE KNOW WAY CP3 IS GONEING TO BOSTON MONEY IS GREEN THERE BUT BOSTON WILL NOT GET  THIS  PLAYER

12/7/11   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

Bad trade for Boston, they would be giving up way too much and not getting that much better.  I guess the motto is "Fix it 'til it's broken".  Rondo is a GREAT fit for them in both his play and in the locker-room, plus he already EARNED the respect of KG, The Truth and Jesus Shuttlesworth
 
Don't get me wrong, Paul would be an upgrade, but it's like upgrading from a SI Swimsuit model to a Victoria's Secret model by giving up your Ferrari for a Prius.