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Report: Chris Paul to pressure Hornets to trade him

Jul 21, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

cpaul_points.jpgDell Demps, welcome to your nightmare.

The brand new general manager of the Hornets is going to be met by Chris Paul trying to force his way out of New Orleans before the start of this season, according to Ken Berger at CBSsports.com.

He wants out,” said the person, who has been briefed on Paul’s strategy but spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it publicly. “He wants to play with another superstar. He wants to follow LeBron’s model of teaming up with other great players.”

Chris Paul sat and watched as Miami grew powerful, he has watched as Chicago got better, he watched as Los Angeles and Boston stayed good. All of those teams have stars teamed up together. Meanwhile he watched the Hornets go flat (in part due to his injury) and a terrible ownership situation that plays out like nobody is in charge.

Paul’s agent is Leon Rose, part of the powerful Creative Artists Agency
that represents LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. That also
means the master of back-channel communications William Wesley is likely
involved. Bottom line, these are powerful guys who get big deals done.

Paul has two years left on his deal and the Hornets can afford to play
hardball and wait this out, if they trade him at all. If they did, it
would set the franchise back for years unless they got good young
players in return.

Demps needs to sit down immediately with Paul and his people, something
he has said he plans to do. Then he’s got to do the sales job of his
life. The Hornets are nothing without Paul, he is their best player and
the face of the marketing campaign.

One other possibility: Remember the belief among most other teams that proposed Hornets buyer Gary Chouest asked now-fired general manager Jeff Bower to test the trade waters for Chris Paul? And how current owner George Shinn says he is not trying to trade Paul and fired Bower? And that nobody really knows who to deal with in New Orleans right now? All of this could be a push and play between the two men in negotiations, trying to pressure a sale one way or the other.

Or maybe that screwed up ownership situation was the last straw for Paul. 

If he’s available, just about everybody would make a run at him, but Berger says there is a list already.

Paul’s list of preferred destinations consists of the Knicks, Magic and Lakers, and members of his inner circle already have sent word to the Hornets of his desire to be traded to one of those teams, sources say. If Paul has his way, he’s played his last game in a Hornets jersey.

“He feels like they haven’t put the right pieces together,” said the person familiar with the star point guard’s plans.

 What about the teams on Paul’s list?

The Lakers don’t make a lot of sense, unless Los Angeles is willing to give up a player like Andrew Bynum or Lamar Odom and filler to make the money work. The Lakers are already at the top of the league in payroll and Jerry Buss is not looking to take on more. Plus, the triangle offense the Lakers run does not call for a strong point guard in it. In fact, the opposite is true. Paul to LA only works if Los Angeles is planning to make radical changes after winning back-to-back championships and with their core locked up. They are not, by the way.

Orlando has already made a run at Paul during the “he’s available/no he isn’t” game the Hornets and their ownership played earlier this summer. They offered Jameer Nelson as the heart of a solid package, but they could also throw in bigs like Brandon Bass or Martin Gortat. The Paul/Howard pick and roll would be the best in the league from day one.

CP3 may really want to be in New York — teaming up with Amare Stoudemire and running the Mike D’Antoni offense that Paul is perfectly suited for. Plus, expect the Carmelo Anthony to NYC speculation explode like… well, LeBron rumors. The Knicks have prospects like Raymond Felton they could send to New Orleans, but it would be Dec. 15 before they could make that trade.

Another team to watch is Portland, which was reportedly close to a deal a couple months ago, until the Hornets ownership sobered up. But they would gladly jump back in the mix, they’d just have to convince Paul to go there.

  1. Nick - Jul 21, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    Go 2 the heat who cares bout the money

  2. Phil - Jul 22, 2010 at 12:01 AM

    Hi. I’m Baron Davi… or Chris Paul, and I’m way too good to play with the hornets.
    I demand to be traded.
    Baron Davis was pretty much poop after he demanded out.
    I say they send him to Golden State or the Clippers.

  3. Phil - Jul 22, 2010 at 12:01 AM

    Hi. I’m Baron Davi… or Chris Paul, and I’m way too good to play with the hornets.
    I demand to be traded.
    Baron Davis was pretty much poop after he demanded out.
    I say they send him to Golden State or the Clippers.

  4. Phil - Jul 22, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    Hi. I’m Baron Davi… errrr Chris Paul, and I’m way too good to play with the hornets.
    I demand to be traded.
    Baron Davis was pretty much poop after he demanded out.
    I say they send him to Golden State or the Clippers.

  5. Silk - Jul 22, 2010 at 12:40 AM

    Trade with Cleveland to get Shaq to NewO, then ship CP3 & Shaq to ATLANTA to play with Joe Johnson.

  6. Anonymous - Jul 22, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    It stops when you’re not interested. But here you are bloggin’…

  7. the shark - Jul 22, 2010 at 1:28 AM

    Hey Lebrum! You know what u started. Now that the so call 3 Kings has started a fiasco, we are going to see franchise players jumping fences and try to go to other contending teams. I was wondering when CP3 was going to say something. Over in NO, they are in a f#@K’d up situation trying to sell the team. Might be a good deal for the lakers to get CP3. However, they will be giving up size unless they get some other beef up front to replace that. I think he’s a perfect match in Cleveland cause Byron Scott and some good role player. Plus he will be the new face for Cleveland. The problem is who is Cleveland gona give up. Jamison possibly or Mo Will. Who knows. We will wait and see.

  8. salonilova69 - Jul 22, 2010 at 1:56 AM

    i want to see another dominate big three that would have three players during their prime to go against the heat im not a knicks fan but that would still be pretty awsome

  9. Stryker - Jul 22, 2010 at 4:10 AM

    I’m a Laker fan, but I would love to see New York get back it’s old glory. A Stoudemire-Carmelo-CP3 triumvirate would be a potent one, especially if they’re running D’Antoni’s system.

  10. Anonymous - Jul 22, 2010 at 4:45 AM

    Yeah man. Knicks need a break.

  11. vksun - Jul 22, 2010 at 5:02 AM

    Here’s a trade scenario that could work:
    3-way deal involving Orlando, New Orleans, and Philadelphia
    Orlando sends Vince Carter and Marcin Gortat to New Orleans, sends Jameer Nelson to Philadelphia.
    New Orleans sends Chris Paul to Orlando and Emeka Okafor to Philadelphia
    Philadelphia sends Andre Iguodala to Orlando and Jason Kapono to New Orleans.
    This would result in NO effectively getting a starting center, a veteran shooting guard to help with the development of Thornton and a versatile shooter to complement Collison, as well as ridding salary commitments to Okafor.
    Philadelphia would receive a much needed PG and a decent center to put Brand back in his natural PF position.
    The benefits to Orlando are obvious.

  12. Anonymous - Jul 22, 2010 at 5:38 AM

    BOSTON!!!

  13. Nick - Jul 22, 2010 at 6:45 AM

    For all of you LeBron apologists, you said it was about business and LeBron’s contract had expired.
    Paul’s contract has TWO YEARS. F him.
    After all, it;s only business (or does that only count for players and not for teams/)
    He wants to go to the Magic? OK. For Dwight Howard.
    Otherwise, SMD.

  14. doug - Jul 22, 2010 at 7:21 AM

    The very most important question is, what would Michael and Magic think about a very good young player wanting to leave to join a winning team? Would Michael not want to stack the deck in Charlotte in order to beat other owners? Would Magic not want to have Paul join an NBA championship team in LA? Would this hurt Paul’s legacy?

  15. D. Man - Jul 22, 2010 at 7:38 AM

    SEE what Wade/James & Bosh have started in the NBA?!? David Stern better put a STOP to this quest for NBA SUPERTEAMS, BEFORE it DESTROYS the NBA!

  16. ADK77 - Jul 22, 2010 at 7:45 AM

    Another NBA dope.

  17. teto02 - Jul 22, 2010 at 7:50 AM

    Imagine Paul goes to the Knicks. Next yr they get Carmello. boom! they would give the heat a run for their money. what a game that would be!

  18. doug - Jul 22, 2010 at 7:52 AM

    Which is the superteam, Kobe, Bynum, Gasol, Odom, etc? Or James, Wade, and Bosh with no big heavy guys like Bynum and Gasol? Which team will get the most rebounds?

  19. in FLORIDA - Jul 22, 2010 at 7:56 AM

    learn to read a stat line idiot. shaq averaged 11.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg in 22 minutes per game. not even close to the 18/10 you’re quoting. shaq is useless. his time is gone. his minutes, and numbers, will only go further down. that’s why you don’t see any rumors about him now.

  20. Nick - Jul 22, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    Hammer him…for two years hammer him.
    CP3=POS
    He is under contract. LbJ was a free agent.
    Note to all of you yahoos out there thinking that CP3 should get his wish–you think rules apply only to players. Teams have contractual rights as well.
    Hammer him

  21. TD - Jul 22, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    You may not wanna believe this, but Paul wants to join Miami. All these guys became close friends when playing together on the 2006 “Dream Team”, and shared a conversation/pact where they would all end up playing together. 3 down, 1 to go with Paul the only one left. Thus, the reason he wants to opt out of his current contract.
    P.S.
    I am a Celtic fan, so no reason for me to make this up.

  22. doug - Jul 22, 2010 at 8:01 AM

    Don’t you think this would be unfair to other teams if the Knicks do this? They would be able to compete with Boston, Orlando, Miami and LA. Think how Michael would feel. He would be very critical of NY management, because NY (and Miami) would then have an unfair advantage over his Charlotte team. He should start saying bad things about NY’s owner. Oh, if forgot that he will really want to beat those teams, even if he never does.

  23. Nick - Jul 22, 2010 at 8:08 AM

    Paul is a punk who needs to be B-slapped.
    Early and often

  24. Chris Tifer - Jul 22, 2010 at 8:15 AM

    “Shaq may not be “Shaq” anymore, but he still put up 18/10 last year.”
    If by 18/10 you mean 12/7, then yeah, you’re right…

  25. Skids - Jul 22, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    Don’t you just love all these entitled chumps with their “inner circles” and possees?” Hangers on bumming off their buddies money. Too stupid to know theyd leave them in a heartbeat if they lost their meal ticket. I’m sick of the NBA for this reason

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