Each passing day brings us a new set of Chris Paul rumors. With all that is circulating, there seems to be the sense that the Hornets are intent on making a deal sooner rather than later. The last thing the Hornets want to do is drag this out the way the Nuggets saga played out last season with Carmelo Anthony.
The Celtics are at least still in the mix, but at what cost? Trading Rajon Rondo for Chris Paul is a no brainer. The team is better with Paul at the point. However, the Celtics do not have the resourses to pull this deal off and need another team to get into the mix in order to orchestrate a deal that is somewhat feasible for all parties involved. Even with a third, fourth or fifth team added, what can the Celtics possibly throw in to make this deal? This remains to be seen and is an issue that is plagueing most of the top teams looking to pull off a similar deal.
The Lakers are making major headlines as they are working to land both Paul and Dwight Howard. A move that will almost certainly swing the Lakers back to the top of basketball royality. Like the Celtics, do the Lakers have enough resources to make this happen? Andrew Bynum is an attractive chip and could go a long way in making this deal, or a similar deal, happen. Centers that can contribute are far more valuable that guards.
Paul has made it known that he would only sign with the New York Knicks. The problem is that the Knicks have essentially a D-League supporting cast playing along side their two superstars. The Hornets have to trade Paul at some point during this season if they hope of getting anything in return.
There is a growing movement of teams willing to take the chance of trading for Paul without signing him to a contract extension. This move is a risk, but could payoff assuming Paul likes his surroundings and agrees to a long-term deal.
As far as the Celtics, landing Paul is nice to think about, but grows more and more unlikely with each passing day. The Celtics are on the verge of another rebuilding era and may need to make a move sooner rather than later if they plan on pushing the sun back up in the sky for another day in the sun with the current version of the big three.