Prior to the draft, the Portland Trailblazers almost got Paul. Supposedly, according to the link, they offered Przybilla, Andre Miller, Jerryd Bayless, Nicolas Batum, the 22nd overall pick and agreed to take back Okafor.
So, wouldn't Hibbert, Paul George, Mike Dunleavy and T.J. Ford be enough for Paul and Okafor? We just basically signed George for $2 mil a year today. So the salaries come close enough to matching up. Isn't that a better deal than Portland's? They get a better draft pick (George is a player that they supposedly wanted), more cap space and get Hibbert, a cheaper center than Pryzbilla. I'm not saying I'd do this deal, because I really don't think it's worth it to give up Hibbert and George like that. But let's assume that this is possible. Then let's assume all it takes, at the end of David Kahn's desperate search for a Jefferson taker, is Troy Murphy, Brandon Rush and next year's top-10 protected draft pick for big Al.
I figure the Pacers are taking a huge risk with two injury prone players, but the ONLY situation where I see this as completely beneficial is if they do it now and shift into 2008 Celtics "instant championship" mode. Paul/Dahntay Jones/Granger/Jefferson/Okafor with two rooks, a couple cheap free agents and McBob/Sol Jones/Price rounding out the bench. It's not pretty, but it's as competitive a lineup as you can fathom.
I'm not really into the idea of going for a title right now, as I don't think this team really wins one. But it does get into the playoffs every year, barring an injury. Personally, I think it'd be nicer to just rebuild slowly with cheap young guys, but I have to admit it'd be exciting to throw something like this together. And to all those who say Paul and Jefferson wouldn't want to come here:
A. They'd have no choice...these are trades
B. They would want to come here if they knew each other was coming. The three star formula would be complete.