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."
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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?