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Hornets say they're not trading Chris Paul, but nobody believes them

Jul 1, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

nba_paul_250.jpgThe Hornets keep saying they are not trading Chris Paul, but man is there still a lot of smoke coming from that direction.

Last week’s hedge-your-bets statement from team owner George Shinn — we’re not trading Chris Paul, but we’ll look at any deal that improves the team — just threw more fuel on the fire.

Chad Ford writes on TrueHoop that teams are still trying to pry CP3 out of the Big Easy.

The issue is whether Paul is now unhappy enough to force a trade. The Blazers believe he is and will continue to pursue a Paul deal. They won’t be alone. The Magic have been pursuing Paul and Okafor, offering expiring contracts and Jameer Nelson. But there are two other teams that could offer the Hornets even more.

Both the Knicks and Nets are planning to step up pressure on the Hornets if they don’t land LeBron. Both teams have tons of cap space and can offer massive cap relief to the Hornets (to the tune of $100 million) if they take Paul and Okafor off their hands. The Knicks could also offer Danilo Gallinari. The Nets can offer Derrick Favors and Devin Harris.

Frankly, none of that is near value for Paul, who is the arguably the best point guard in the game and is inarguably the Hornets star attraction. He sells the seats, he is at the front of the marketing campaign. You can’t hang pictures of cap space around the arena.

But if Paul wants out, the Hornets may have to act. The question is how much faith does Paul have in incoming owner Gary Chouest, and how much faith does he have in Shinn and Chouest getting a deal done? Because if the song is going to remain the same in New Orleans, Paul may force his way out.

  1. David - Jul 1, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    go to Lakers Chris Paul

  2. Travis W - Jul 1, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    Rose, Deng and $2M to the Hornets for Paul. It’s financially neutral for NO for next season, gives them a great PG of the future in return to lessen the hurt. In CP3 Chicago has the final piece they need to lure LBJ and they move Deng out of LBJ’s way.

  3. Mizzkatee - Jul 1, 2010 at 11:46 PM

    Lakers? OH no!!! Chris Paul does not need to be on that team, no matter how good he is or not. Kobe Bryant is a good point guard, and CP will only come second to him. If anything, CP needs to stay with the Hornets or go to a team where he will shine and play more games rather than warm the bench.
    New Orleans isn’t that good of a team, and Chris Paul DOES sell the team. But who can they trade to actually SELL it more than him? Nobody, that is. I, for one, am not a fan of those dreadful Lakers and Kobe Bryant, but I will become one if Chris Paul trades anywhere. Or maybe not. I LOVE CP. Point being, Hornet’s fans are hard to sell. And stubborn.

  4. chris s - Jul 2, 2010 at 8:08 AM

    chris paul should go where lebron goes

  5. GEORGE - Jul 2, 2010 at 8:45 AM

    Tr4ade Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton for Him pleaaaaaase

  6. Robj - Jul 2, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    That actually makes sense.

  7. Anonymous - Jul 2, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Paul to Cleveland. He loves the city and does the Bike ride in Akron with LBJ. LBJ is staying and recruting his friends.

  8. Capone - Jul 2, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Paul goes to Cleveland with his buddy coach scott and LBJ. He loves the city and does the Bikeathon in Akron every year. LBJ is staying and bringing his friends

  9. Michael - Jul 2, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Are they going to play the hastily made Cleveland Tourism video to lure Chris Paul there?

  10. bryan - Jul 2, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    lakers trade Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom for Paul and Okafor> That gives both teams tons of talent.

  11. kevin-CA - Jul 2, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Mizzkatee: Kobe is a shooting guard and not a point guard. Being a Laker fan, of course I’d love it if CP3 joined the Lakers, but that’s not going to happen from a financial/trading standpoint.

  12. kirklan coker - Jul 2, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    what is this 2004 you must have lost your mind!!!!!

  13. Jade - Jul 8, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    the lakers dont need chris paul we need chris paul new orleans he stayin right where he at

  14. AJ - Jul 8, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Are u nuts, STAY WITH THE HORNETS!!!!!!!!!!!

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