Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Report: Magic discussed trading Carter and Nelson to Hornets for Paul

As is always the case around the time of the NBA Draft, the rumors are flying. One of the more interesting items has the Magic and Hornets discussing a swap that would send Chris Paul to Orlando for Vince Carter and Jameer Nelson.

From Fanhouse:
The Orlando Magic's preliminary inquiry into the availability of point guard Chris Paul involved a discussion that included a trade of both starting guards Vince Carter and Jameer Nelson to New Orleans.

The Magic, as part of the early discussion, would receive both Paul and small forward James Posey, according to a second NBA source that confirmed the original FanHouse story by Sam Amick involving the two teams.
The Magic would obviously benefit from adding Chris Paul and pairing him with Dwight Howard, even though Nelson certainly is no slouch. The move would make sense for the Hornets from a salary standpoint, with Vince Carter's deal up after this season and Nelson making a reasonable amount of money over the next three years.

While Paul recently said he would be open to a trade if the Hornets aren't planning on trying to win championships, the team has said they have no plans to trade him. Orlando GM Otis Smith denied the talk as well. We've heard that song and dance before, though, and this trade would benefit both teams. Unlike most salary-driven trades, New Orleans would get back a quality point guard that can score.

If I had to bet on it, I'd say Paul stays in New Orleans. If he were to be dealt, though, this is probably the most likely scenario.

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