Monday morning, Geoffrey Arnold of The Oregonian released an article referencing reports from 2010 that Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clipper was "nearly traded to the Blazers."
There were a number of reports saying Paul, looking to escape the losing ways of the New Orleans Hornets, sought a trade and gave management a list of desired teams. Paul had asked to be traded to Orlando, Dallas, New York or Portland.
The articles cited in Arnold's piece tie back to another member of The Oregonian, Mike Tokito, and a Bleacher Report article citing Chris Broussard of ESPN. While Tokito merely lays out the proposed trade deal that could be in place, it was Broussard who listed out the four most likely destinations for Paul at the time; New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Dallas Mavericks, and the Portland Trail Blazers.
Broussard singled out Portland as the team with the most enticing package to offer at the time. Of the four teams reported, the Blazers had arguably the most intriguing combination of cap and debt relief, young players and draft picks.
Some of the potential pieces they have to offer include Joel Przybilla and Andre Miller (totalling $14.6 million in expiring contracts), young talent including Nicolas Batum, Jerryd Bayless and Rudy Fernandez, and draft picks, as well as the $3 million in cash that multi-billionaire Trailblazers' owner Paul Allen willingly throws into deals.
Arnold says the trade to Portland never materialized due to the New Orleans Hornets management's hesitation to trading the face of their franchise.
The Hornets reportedly stopped the deal, claiming the team owner wasn't prepared to trade Paul.
While the deal was never consummated with Portland, the eventual trade did ultimately involve a couple of players that would end up in Rip City; center Chris Kaman and forward Al-Farouq Aminu, both of whom were traded in the deal for Paul by current Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey.
When asked for comment Chris Paul didn't offer up anything of substance..
Paul said he wasn't aware of any impending trade request back in 2010.
"You're bringing news to me," Paul said Sunday.
On the Hornets shutting down any potential deal to Portland, Paul again deflected the question.
"You've got to talk to (Hornets general manager) Dell Demps about that," Paul said.
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