We all know magic fans have been dying for Chris Paul to join Dwight Howard since this rumor started a while back. I honestly think now is the most likely time for this trade to realistically go down. When I say now I mean this offseason.
Lets look at the facts...David West opted out of his contract and is most likely not coming back and will receive a nice offer from teams like the Nets who need more scorers. Carl Landry is a free agent and also will be pretty heavily coveted, also Aaron Gray, who is not a big name but was a big part of New Orleans tying up the series 2-2 vs the Lakers, opted out of his contract as well. He plays well enough that teams like the Knicks and Heat will definitely try and go after him as he is a big body who eats up a lot of space in the paint.
Bottom line, there is no chance the way the Hornets are set to enter next season that CP3 will even consider resigning with them. The team knows this, i mean its clear as day. They are in a complete rebuild mode at this point considering even CP3 won't be able to get them to .500 or respectively in the playoff hunt.
Now, they won't let a LBJ situation happen, and it will most likely turn into Melo 2.0 with the exception of Paul talking about how he wants to leave to the media because the guy is a class act.
What Orlando Must do...
We need to throw the kitchen sink at New Orleans and give whatever it takes to get him. I mean seriously consider giving Jameer Nelson, Brandon Bass, Orton, and 2 future draft picks. They might want JJ as well and I would say take him as much as I would try and keep him.
I wouldnt be totally surprised if Orlando included Hedo or New Orleans wanted him as he could help a team like that score which it obviously would have trouble doing. Also, given the fact that they are losing, Gray, West, and Landry is why I feel they would want all of our young Big Men to develop.
This would leave us with
Ryno/Earl Clark (if we resign)
Crazier things have happened...but if we ever are to trade for CP3, it would be this offseason once the new CBA is agreed on so New Orleans would realize none of their free agents are resigning and they must rebuild.