John Hollinger was recently talking hoops and he mentioned that the New Orleans Hornets are facing a salary cap armageddon next year:
New Orleans has $75+ million in salaries for next year. Unless someone takes Stojakovic or Posey with David West for a draft pick and players on rookie contracts, they're in a deep hole. Do they trade Chris Paul? Paul, Okafor, and Posey to OKC for Green, Westbrook, Krstic, and Collison gets them cap relief and two nice pieces. OKC is a veteran big man away from winning multiple titles.John Hollinger (12:10 PM)
New Orleans is indeed in a salary pickle and I was a little surprised they weren't more aggressive in addressing it at the trade deadline -- by trading Mo Pete and a future first, for example. It seems like they're hoping Peja will show up on opening day with a rack of guns in the locker room so they can take the Arenas route and get his contract off the cap; in fact they may be discussing how to frame him for this as we speak. More realistically, they're probably hoping they can move Okafor or West at some point in the next year to get them out of it; dealing CP is a disaster scenario. Second-best option: Trade Collison but make whomever gets him take on Posey and Peterson.
I think if there was a trade that would make LeBron want to stay in cleveland it would be the aquisition of CP3, given the close friendship between him and LeBron.
The hornets might not want to keep paying Paul's $13 million a year contract if they think his knee is a risk, especially since they have Collison and Thornton waiting in the wings.
If I were the cav's braintrust I would definitely have deals that involved mo williams for CP3 in the back of my mind.
What do you guys think?