Various executives believe that the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers are thus the two most likely landing spots for Paul, but sources with knowledge of New Orleans' thinking said late Wednesday that the Hornets are prepared to wait for offers to improve, convinced that they they're getting low-ball proposals at this early stage of the process based on the external belief that they're so motivated to move Paul they will rush into a deal.
The Celtics, sources say, are currently presenting the strongest offer, which features Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green and two first-round picks. As the Paul pursuer most willing to trade for the All-Star point guard with zero assurance that Paul will stay beyond this season, Boston is also trying to concoct multi-team scenarios that would help the Hornets come away with the package they desire for Paul, featuring at least one established veteran to help them stay relevant, one up-and-coming talent and draft picks.
The Hornets' interest in Rondo is lukewarm at best, but one scenario in circulation would involve the Indiana Pacers and route former Hornets point guard Darren Collison back to New Orleans and land Rondo with the Pacers and Paul with the Celtics. Yet several other players would have to be involved to make such a deal work — with more established talent going to New Orleans — and there was no indication Wednesday that such a deal was close to completion.
Historically no two teams in the NBA have battled each other more for the championship than the Celtics and Lakers. Now, it appears they're both taking their rivalry off the court in an attempt to win Chris Paul's services
It's ironically hysterical that Larry Bird is more then willing to help the C's facilitate a deal to get Paul to Boston. Although he would be getting Rondo in return. The one thing about Paul that is very concerning is the status of his knee. Oh, and there's the whole idea of him having no interest in signing a long term deal with the C's, but it appears he has no desire to do that with anyone but the Knicks and perhaps the Lakers. More from Adrian Wojnarowski:
The Celtics had discussions with the Indiana Pacers about the framework of a deal that could’ve sent Paul to the Celtics, Rondo to Indiana and a package, including former Hornet Darren Collison, Tyler Hansbrough, Brandon Rush and draft picks, to New Orleans, sources said.
Boston has gone to multiple teams in recent days trying to assemble a deal, but ultimately needs direction from the Hornets about what specific trades appeal to them. “New Orleans just won’t commit to a package,” one league source said. In the meantime, Boston has tried to juggle the potential involvement of third teams while the Hornets continue to deliberate their potential deals.
The rest of the links:
WEEI: Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul, and the importance of timing | Herald: Chris Paul wants no part of Celtics | Globe: C's close to deal with Marquis Daniels | Globe: Celtics could make a splash next summer | Ahead of the game | Summer drug tests in, HGH unclear for players