The Orlando Magic's efforts to acquire Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets may soon take a major hit as the Hornets have traded Darren Collison, Paul's backup and a rookie sensation last season, to the Indiana Pacers as part of a four-team, five-player trade, which Chad Ford first reported. Additionally, the Hornets will take on Houston Rockets swingman Trevor Ariza, who would join Emeka Okafor as a Paul running-mate with a long-term contract. The Pacers will receive Hornets swingman James Posey as well.
To review, New Orleans has dumped one bad contract; taken on another, longer-term one; and rid itself of Paul's backup in one transaction. If that's not a sign that it's prepared to build around Paul--or that it's not prepared to trade him, depending on your point of view--I'm not sure what is.