The negotiating period is well underway in the NBA and the point guards have it. Chris Paul wants a trade to New York…but the Celtics like Chris Paul, they’re offering the Hornets Rajon Rondo…wait the Pacers also like Rondo…..what about Deron Williams? Is he signing a contract extension in New Jersey?? It’s enough to make your Luther Head spin. Let’s take a step back and look at these situations a bit closer.
Chris Paul is a top 3 point guard in the NBA, so any team he goes to other than the Chicago Bulls would get an immediate upgrade. CP3 in Celtic green would bring back memories of Nate ‘Tiny’ Archibald. While Dennis Johnson helped bring Boston Celtics fans two rings in the 80′s, it was ‘Tiny’ who brought them out of their seats en route to Larry Bird‘s first championship in 1981. Paul and Rondo are in the same mold…they’re ball-dominating point guards. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen would thrive playing with Chris. He’d dribble through defenses, much like Rajon, and at the end deliver an awesome pass leading to an easy bucket. It would be status quo in Boston. Plus, when one of “The Big Three” kick it out to their PG for an open 3-pointer, it would actually be a high percentage shot for once (something we haven’t be able to say since 2007). But considering that Chris Paul appears unlikely to sign a contract extension in Boston, this argument is a mute point (for now).
As for Rajon Rondo, you have to be careful when acquiring him. His outside game is still a major weakness, so he has to be surrounded with good perimeter shooting. Much like a young Jason Kidd, to make Rajon’s exclusively drive n’ kick game effective there has to be good spacing and serious outside threats. There also needs to be a pure shooter alongside him in the backcourt. Why do you think Ray Allen has been so valuable to Boston all these years? The Indiana Pacers don’t have a true shooting guard. There would be a lot of turnovers and missed opportunities on offense at Conseco.
The New Orleans Hornets shouldn’t be concerned with replacing Chris Paul. The only way they could possibly acquire a better PG were if Derrick Rose pulled a “Sprewell” on coach Tom Thibodeau in practice…..They’re better of getting draft picks, salary cap space, and young pieces. If CP3 leaves then it’s officially rebuilding time in ‘The Big Easy’. Which reminds me…if the NBA owns the Hornets, then where does David Stern sit during owners’ meetings?? Never mind…..
Back to Chris Paul, reports are that his agent has requested a trade to the New York Knicks. But this may not be as great a fit as the media is making it out to be (does ESPN’s Chris Broussard get a raise if Paul goes to NY?). Take away all the hype and infuse some basketball logic here…..Carmelo Anthony likes to handle the ball, a lot. So does Chris. Chauncey Billups has been a great fit w/ Melo the last three years because he’s a big guard who likes playing off the ball. Because of Paul’s ball-holding style, he and Melo may not be the best duo out there on the perimeter. As for Amar’e Stoudemire, well, he’d fit with pretty much any point guard who passes the ball so he’ll always be fine. No, I think a Deron Williams would be a better fit with Mike D’antoni’s crew at MSG.
Speaking of D-Will, is he happy with the New Jersey Nets? The Bergen Record is reporting that he is not signing a contract extension and will play out this season. A lot can happen between now and next summer, so hold on tight. Deron has said and done all the right things since arriving via surprising trade last season. He has played it close to the vest when it comes to his future plans, as he should. Williams would be a better basketball fit with the Knicks…he can play off the ball some with Carmelo and co., yet still push the pace in a D’Antoni-style uptempo game.
I might be nit-picking here, but this is how I see it…..CP3 would be great in Boston but it’s not likely to happen. It’s more likely that he ends up in NYK, though not as good a fit. Rondo to Indiana would not be such a great fit either, despite being a hot rumor going around. D-Will to NYK would be sick, but it’s a stretch right now.
Just another krazy free agency period in the NBA…..