A silly idea typically resigned to imagination and the far-reaches of the Internet, Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press last week raised the possibility of the Pistons trading for Chris Paul (to clarify, he said it came from fans).
In a word, no.
It’s completely unrealistic. The Pistons don’t have the assets, and more importantly, New Orleans is aiming to build around Paul, not trade him to start rebuilding.
So, not only do you have to match the value of one of the league’s best players, you have to offer enough to convince the Hornets to change their plan.
For some perspective, I asked Joe Gerrity and Ryan Schwan of Hornets247 what it would take to land Paul.
Gerrity thought it would take this trade:
Paul and Emeka Okafor for Austin Daye, Jonas Jerebko, Tayshaun Prince, Rodney Stuckey, Jason Maxiell, 10 first-round picks and 15 second rounders.
Schwan’s idea was a bit more modest:
Paul and Okafor for Daye, Jerebko, Prince, Stuckey, Chris Wilcox, a re-signed Will Bynum and five first-round picks (with the trade coming after the Pistons pick this year, so they can send consecutive first rounders).
Their answers may seem excessive at first glance, but I don’t think they’re out of line. Remember, New Orleans won’t be calling Detroit to offer Paul. And if the Pistons call, they have to wow the Hornets, or all they’ll hear is a dial tone.*
*Not really. I’m sure they’ll use cell phones, but a dial tone makes a better line than saying they’ll just hear a “click.”
To be even more accurate, I bet Joe Dumars would text the offer. In that case, the Hornets probably just wouldn’t respond to a bad offer. But saying his text won’t draw a response is an even worse line.
Phone technology is ruining writing.