Chris Paul is on record stating that he wouldn’t mind playing Michael Jordan in Charlotte (here: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=6336690). In addition, Chris Paul has already rejected an extension with the Clippers this summer (http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/8140211/chris-paul-explains-why-passed-extension-los-angeles-clippers). Although these ESPN writers tell their audience not to read into either situation, I beg to differ. Let’s look at the facts. Chris Paul endorses Jordan Brand apparel; hence, he already has a relationship with Michael Jordan. Some of you may balk at this, and say that this doesn’t mean a lot since D.J. Augustine endorses Jordan Brand, also. No disrespect to D.J., but he and Chris Paul are not in the same category when it comes to talent. The fact that D.J. is no longer a Bobcat is irrelevant to this discussion.
Two, Chris is a native North Carolinian just like me. He doesn’t want his home state only to be viewed as a nice play to retire. Building a dynasty with arguably the greatest basketball player ever would be a nice accomplishment. Not to mention, Paul could lure another low post player here and change the Charlotte Bobcat franchise around. Imagine a starting lineup of Chris Paul, Ben Gordon, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Carlos Boozer, and Chris Kaman.
Last, many of us know that Paul would love a situation similar to the one in Miami or Los Angeles. The best thing for Paul may be to start over brand new. The Clippers have a nice, young team. Blake Griffin is gradually improving his low post game. However, I still think that LAC is not a good fit for Paul because there is a ceiling as to how well they can do. Now, that Steve Nash and Dwight Howard are Lakers, it is pretty much a wrap when it gets deep in the playoffs. Coming back to the Eastern Conference will fare Chris better than being in the West.