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Report: Paul-Warriors still possible

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Report: Paul-Warriors still possible

Chris Paul has made it clear he wants out of New Orleans, and he has been linked loosely to the Warriors ever since the Hornets said they were interested in point guard Stephen Curry.

Despite being a part of the conversation, the Warriors were never the frontrunner to land Paul.

First, Paul was traded to the Lakers. After the NBA nixed that deal, speculation swirled that the top point guard was headed to the other Los Angles team -- the Clippers.

Now, the New York Post is reporting that the Warriors are one of only a few teams -- including the Boston Celtics -- still in the running for the man they call CP3.

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The report indicates the Hornets would require three players from Golden State in exchange for the face of their franchise -- Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins and Klay Thompson.

The timing of the report is interesting, it comes at basically the same time Warriors head coach Mark Jackson gave the rookie a vote of confidence, saying "Thompson will play right away."

NEWS: Jackson says, "Klay is ready today"

Paul's contract earns him 16.36 million for the 2011-12 season. He has a player option for 2012-13 worth 17.78 million.

Ellis is slated to earn 11 million in each of the next two seasons, with an 11 million player option for the 2013-14 season. Biedrins' contract mirrors Ellis', though is it worth 9 million per season.

How do you feel about the trade rumor? Would you let go of those three pieces to land Paul? Is your answer to that question contingent on Paul's willingness to sign an extension with Golden State?

LeBron reacts to Kyrie Irving trade: 'What a ride...'

LeBron reacts to Kyrie Irving trade: 'What a ride...'

The dynamic duo of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving lasted just three seasons.

Despite making it to the NBA Finals in all three seasons, Irving wanted out of the partnership.

On Tuesday, he got his wish as the Cavs traded him to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round pick.

While the rumor was that Irving didn't want to play with James anymore, the four-time MVP had nothing but nice words to say about Irving on Twitter a few hours after the trade became official.

"That's the only way to be to the kid! Special talent/guy! Nothing but respect and what a ride it was our 3 years together Young Gode," James wrote in response to a short video of a fan placing a 'thank you' note on Irving's No. 2 Cavs jersey.

James and Irving won't have to wait very long to see each other again. The Cavs and Celtics face each other on Opening Night in Cleveland.

All the NBA deck chairs have been moved, but it doesn't even matter

All the NBA deck chairs have been moved, but it doesn't even matter

The Kyrie Irving-from-LeBronville Heights-to-Bahstin trade is rightly being called a blockbuster because it engenders so many concepts at once – making the second-best team in the NBA’s Eastern Conference seemingly better than the first-best team with one phone call and five shifted bodies.

At least that’s how it plays outside the Bay Area, because now that the Golden State Warriors have taken ownership of the entire league, Kyrie Irving’s whereabouts don’t actually change the balance of power – because there is none.

There’s the power, and there’s the other 29 teams.

Plus, and this is a forgotten element through all the machinations of the NBA’s Meth-Bender Summer, the league is fighting over individual pieces when the Warriors are preaching the virtues of the mega-ensemble.

Irving wants to be the focus of his team, which seems to fly in the face of Boston’s ball-movement philosophy. Paul George, who complained when he didn’t take the last shot in a playoff game this April, is in Oklahoma City with the master of the me-first game, Russell Westbrook. Carmelo Anthony is still in stasis but constantly mentioned as the next Houston Rocket, joining Chris Paul and James Harden in what would seem to be the living embodiment of The Total Is Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts ball.

Unless, of course, all these assumptions are wrong, and all the relocated stars suddenly find the virtues the Warriors displayed in boatracing the field this year and become not only unselfish offensively but more stridently devoted to defense. All these players are bright, determined, and seemingly open to new ideas (well, maybe not Melo, but even that is open to debate), but will they choose to be?

And even more compelling, will there be the immediate payoff in doing so?

On Question A, let us be charitable and suggest that they can do that. On Question B, however, such a return seems unlikely unless the Warriors either devote themselves to the pursuit of self or fail to avoid the medical department.

There is something worrisome about the sureness with which people are conceding 2018 – can all these self-absorbed morons be right? Things can happen to great teams, even in the NBA, which is the most hierarchical of sports.

But only the Warriors can beat the Warriors, because Kyrie Irving the Celtic does not seem at first glance to be better positioned for a parade than Kyrie Irving the Cavalier.

And that’s true of every roster move this summer. Deck chairs were moved for a better view, but the bridge is manned by the same captain, at least for the time being.