We aren't getting Chris Paul.
After taking a look at our salary cap numbers and that of NO, I'm fairly confident a deal for Paul will happen eventually. It will ofcourse have to involve Okafor.
Being in a rebuilding mode, they will want to get his salary off their books badly. We will have to do the Curry swap w Okafor, then piece together the players to make the salaries match up. They need to get what they can for Paul since he wants out and we have the right mix of players to help them create cap space and rebuild.
Do I think Paul is worth Gallo, Randolph and Curry? Yes.. Will we need to give them that combo of players to make the deal happen? Maybe. As bad as it sounds to most of you, when all of the chips are down, if this is what NO wants for Paul, Donnie may pull the trigger.
If we gave them:
Our starting lineup would look something like this:
Bench: Felton, Fields, Rautins, Mozgof, Ewing Jr. and Jordan
Remember there is no guarantee either Gallo and AR will be as good as we all hope. Paul is already great, and young. We'd still be pretty darn good and very athletic without Gallo and AR. I realize that Walker as a starter is a bit scary, but when Paul was on NO he had Morris Peterson in the back court with him. Peterson spotted up for threes, never drove, and played mediocre defense. Can Walker out play Peterson in the backcourt w Paul? I think he can.
Start getting ready, cause a deal involving both of the belovedz might actually happen.
Last edited by ronoranina; Jul 28, 2010 at 20:28.
Gutting our team is not worth Paul. Walker as our starting SG?!? That lineup is awful and worse than what we've got now.
This is exactly the kind of deal I DONT want to make. Im sick of the get rich quick schemes from marbury to curry to crawford that have been our plan for the last decade. Lebron came and passed so its time to actually rebuild. I'll gladly take 2 more years of insignificance for a decade of relevance.
Shotblocking potential goes from "awesome" to "nonexistant"
Shooting guard depth goes from "weak" to "putrid"
Overall frontcourt potential goes from "tremendous" to "good"
Yeah, no thanks.
I dont want to trade Gallo and especially Randolph but we should do anything to get Chris Paul to team with Amare.
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I agree that, starting line up looks worse than what we have now
People wake up, Chris Paul averaged 11 assists per season in his career!
He can score over 20 ppg, rebound atleast 3-4 and get you over 2 steals. He is as dynamic as any super star in the game.
Pair him with Amare and you can start talking about a Championship contender, just look at how good the Suns were with Nash and Amare, Paul is better than Nash in every category, which means Amare will be much better.
And every other player will excel and play at their highest level.
I agree that I want to see how Felton does, but Chris Paul is THE BEST, Felton is not. It's like we are pulling the Chris Duhon card when he first came here saying he is going to be great in Mike D's system. We dont know, the only gurantee is that Paul would make Amare thebest PF in basketball and we would be a much better team.
Hearing that Donnie backed down on the deal would make me furious, if Donnie has a chance to get Paul he will do it.
"The Knicks are back" - Amare
I 'd like for us to evaluate what we have before pulling the trigger, unless its a no brainer. I think Donnie is wise enough not to include Curry as he wants a shot at Carmello.....Paul is great but without a ace SG we will still be an early exit playoff team if i;m right
Paul is better than Nash in every aspect? Really? Better shooter? Paul is a great player and he might have a better career, but to say that now is wrong imo.
Bad idea! Giving up both Gallo and Randolph, AND picking up Okafor's contract? No thanks.
If we had Duhon as our starter, I would definitely consider it. Felton could surprise. He is far, far better than Duhon offensively and even more so defensively. Felton is a solid top 8 PG. I understand getting a top 2 PG is ideal, especially Amare, but Felton is a pure PG. Paul just had knee surgery as well.
We lose youth and cap flexibility. It took us years to get to this point. We had no trading assets or ability to sign quality FAs and had few draft picks to sign quality young players. The ability for us to go after what we are missing next year based on our biggest need is most important. Besides, Paul will start this season with the Hornets. Let's be patient.