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Good vibrations (or a smokescreen) out of Chris Paul's meeting with the Hornets

Jul 26, 2010, 1:04 PM EST

cpaul_sits.jpgChris Paul had a meeting today with representatives from just about every important aspect of the Hornets’ operations, with the intent to iron out exactly why Paul wants to be traded and what he wants the Hornets to do about it. The meeting could easily be seen as a formality while Paul takes strides towards the door, but the meeting appears to be surprisingly positive for New Orleans.

Here was Chris Paul’s response to the meeting via Twitter:

“The meeting went well.  It was great to get an opportunity to sit down
with Coach Williams, President Weber and our new General Manager Dell
Demps. I expressed my desire to win and I like what they said about the
direction that they want to take the team.  I have been a Hornet my
entire career and I hope to represent the city of New Orleans and state
of Louisiana for many years to come.”

As Marc Stein of ESPN.com noted, it’s silly to think that Paul’s perspective has completely changed as a result of one meeting. Hornets GM Dell Demps claims that Paul didn’t demand a trade during the meeting. Maybe that’s the case. Or maybe any public trade demands would get Paul fined, even if channeled through the team first.

This could be perceived as something vaguely resembling progress for the Hornets, who aren’t going to give up the league’s top point guard without a fight. Even if today’s events are only delaying the inevitable, New Orleans has possibly bought themselves some time as they attempt to smooth things over with Paul.

Then again, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, nothing has changed. So we don’t really know anything now that we didn’t know before: Paul seems interested in a trade, the Hornets want to keep him, and the two will continue to play this game until things are decided one way or another.

  1. travis womack - Jul 26, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    you guys are once again blowing things out of proportion; if the hornets don’t trade paul now it’s only bc they promised him something good as far as melo in the off season. with the way teams has improved, how can you blame a player for wanting out when you see that the front office is not being aggresive during the free agency period. if i was a star player to, i would demand a trade to. kobe did and the lakers brought in gasol, maybe the same tactic will work for cp3.

  2. Tarvis - Jul 26, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    The only difference is that Melo isn’t going to NO. The LeBron/Wade/Bosh-type players will only play in destination locales. For every Kevin Durant, you’ll have 3-4 stars heading for the coasts so that their work will fund their lifestyle. It’s no longer about winning and it’s all about living the life.

  3. Chris Mas - Jul 26, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Who really cares about Chris Paul? He’s just trying to garner attention. No one cares though. lol

  4. Sguy2130 - Jul 26, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    “Crap, I look like more of a douche, thanks for nothing CP3, I had opened the my train door welcome to spoiled, whining, less competitive athletes for you, I might just close it” – Lebron James

  5. DodgerFan - Jul 26, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Best point guard in the league????? What about Deron Williams? How has Paul ever made any player around him better like Williams has? Sucks that DWill is in a small market and doesn’t get the love he deserves. Go back and look at head to head matchups between the two their whole careers. Dwill owns Paul.. Owns him. Every aspect of the game. Whole lot of nothing about a player that hasn’t done squat so far in his career.

  6. Stallion John - Jul 26, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    Loyalty before love from the fans from now on.
    Let your posse stroke your ego to make you feel better. But don’t expect me to dish out 50 bills to get decent seats and then you walk away any more. People are feeling the economic pain and now IS NOT THE TIME FOR PETTY BS from starlets and primadonnas.
    If you sign the dotted line then at least be man enough to wait till the last year of your contract to start complaining. This leapfrogging from team to team crap – is eroding the fan base and support that pays their salaries and bills. Lebron screwed his move up so bad that it laid waste to the land -making it very hard for another ball layer to say he wants to be traded -without being considered a traitor(at worst) or crybaby (at best).
    My advice – to Paul and any other person who’s not ECONOMICALLY SENSITIVE to toward the people who pay their salary is –
    Dump the Posse
    Hire good PR people
    Fulfill your contract
    Be open and honest.
    Start discussing any dissatisfaction with management on day one of your second year so that the team can makes the appropriate moves to work out a solution that works for everyone.
    Dont – DON”T pout or try to punish a team because your timetable or WANTS weren’t met completely. There’s always give and take so lastly
    DONT BURN BRIDGES because they can close access to new possibilities.
    Basic business sense. Which Lebron and his team totally forgot.

  7. Pat Armand - Jul 26, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    I bet a lot of these rumors and ‘unofficial’ press releases are due to Chris Paul’s new agent. He’s doing what agents do best ……garner publicity. I think Chris is a nice young man and he will abide by his contract. Go interview someone else.

  8. HoopsMcCann - Jul 26, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    John, the Stallion –
    Very well said!

  9. r&r - Jul 26, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    ur an idiot and obviously know nothing about basketball. chris paul is the best point guard in the nba. what planet r u on?

  10. allsagedre - Jul 26, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    chris paul should be quiet and let his play talk because the hornets are not going to trade the ticket seller he is the teams promo player most of their marketing is based on him and to saddle Okaford and that contract makes a trade almost impossible plus will cp3 resign after being traded or opt out

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