All of a sudden, the idea of the Celtics trading for Chris Paul seems to be a far-off possibility. Or not a possibility at all.
According to a report by ESPN, if Paul was traded to the Celtics, he would not sign a long-term contract extension that would keep him in Boston.
If that's the case, the Celtics wouldn't deal one of their cornerstones, Rajon Rondo, to rent Paul for a fraction of the upcoming season. If Paul has his sights set on one team, likely the Knicks, there's not much the rest of the NBA can do about it. It's unlikely any team will trade away an All-Star for Paul, knowing Paul is just going to jump ship after the season.
The ESPN report goes on to say that one of the reasons Paul wouldn't think about a long-term deal with Boston is because the Celtics will likely be rebuilding next season after the contracts of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen are up at the end of this year.