If you cast your mind back to the year of 2011, every NBA team was trying their hand at acquiring disgruntled point guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets.
The then-NBA owned Hornets initially traded Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers in return for players such as Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, and Luis Scola, as the Houston Rockets were also included in the deal to make things work. The Rockets would end up with All-Star power forward Pau Gasol.
Unfortunately for the Lakers, the NBA commissioner at the time, David Stern, blocked the trade from being completed, and CP3 eventually landed in Los Angeles, but on the Lakers’ brother, the Clippers.
Other teams were also interested in the best point guard in the game at the time, namely the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors, teams which had All-Star Rajon Rondo and future MVP Steph Curry running the show respectively. For PaulPaul, however, the interest was not mutual.
If a potential trade did occur that sent Paul to either Boston or San Francisco, CP3 made it clear he definitely would not be resigning with the team after his contract had expired.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN also reported on this story and added, “When Chris Paul was in New Orleans, there were two teams that wanted to be aggressive in trading for him and he said ‘I will not re-sign with you.'”
"I will not re-sign with you.” https://t.co/sdFclEdyCf
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) September 11, 2017
Could you imagine if one of these trades actually went down though?
If Paul was sent to the Celtics, Rondo would most likely be shipped off somewhere else, and the Celtics would have an awesome foursome consisting of Paul, Allen, Pierce, and Garnett, and would have definitely given the new-look Heat some trouble in the playoffs.
If the Warriors decided to trade for CP3, Steph Curry probably wouldn’t have turned into the player he is today, meaning Harden may have a few MVP’s under his belt, LeBron could possibly have a few more rings, and Durant would still be residing in OKC.
It’s crazy to think how one move could completely change the outlook of the NBA landscape.