In Bill Simmons’ mega-super-duper-mega-mega mailbag today, he talks a little about the potential Chris Paul trade. He mentions teams that actually have the means to pull it off. Orlando, Portland, Dallas, Houston and Oklahoma City. Wait, what?
Yep, Simmons proposes this trade, which sends Russell Westbrook, Nick Collison, Nenad Krstic’s bald spot, Daequan Cook, Byron Mullens and two first round picks for Chris Paul and Emeka Okafor.
His justification: “So if they’re really trading him — and by the way, he wanted out five weeks ago — we’re about to find out what’s important to Mr. Paul. If he wants to win titles, he pushes for Oklahoma City or Orlando. If he wants to be famous in a big market, play D’Antoni Ball and throw alley-oops to Amare Stoudemire as MSG goes bonkers, he pushes for New York. Either way, I think he’s gone.”
Now obviously, OKC isn’t dealing for CP3. For whatever reason, Oklahomans have these delusions about Paul loving OKC so much that he’d basically be willing to play here for free. Yes, we all enjoyed Chris Paul while he was here. Without him and the excitement he brought, we probably don’t have a team. But he’s not coming here. We know this. It. Won’t. Happen. Keep Reading…