Two weeks after Lebron James announced he would take his talents to South Beach, Chris Paul may also leave his original team. Chris Paul, the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, is still just 25 years old and is no doubt one of the elite point guards in the entire league. Paul will not officially be eligible for free agency until the summer of 2012, but he has announced that he would like to switch teams before the start of next season.
The announcement from Paul makes you wonder if a new era has begun in the NBA and in all of sports for that matter. Winning obviously is the ultimate goal in any sport, but there seems to be a bigger urgency than ever for players to accomplish the ultimate goal of a national championship.
Last season, Paul missed 37 games due to a knee injury, which was one of the reasons that the New Orleans Hornets missed the playoffs. The previous season, however, was Paulâ€™s best season in the NBA, as he averaged 22.8 points and 11 assists, but the Hornets failed to make it out of the first round of the playoffs. Thus, similar to Lebron, Wade, and Bosh, Paul would like to play on a team with a chance to win it all, which is something that the Hornets donâ€™t appear to be.
Paul has listed the Orlando Magic as his first choice of teams to play for next season, but has also mentioned a desire to play for the Knicks, Trail Blazers, or Lakers. If Paul does in fact get traded to Orlando, without the Magic having to trade away any of their core players in the deal, the Magic would have to be considered one of the favorites in the east next season, along with the Miami Heat.