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Hornets may make more moves to show Chris Paul they really care

Sep 7, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for hornets_logo.gifIt feels a little unfair to cast all New Orleans Hornets rumor in the “what does Chris Paul think?” category. But that is also the reality — keeping Chris Paul has to be a consideration in almost everything the Hornets do. It is Priority No. 1. And it should be Priority No. 2 also.

The Hornets made a move this summer to upgrade the play on the wings, bringing in Trevor Ariza and shooting guard Marco Belinelli.
But they had to ship out backup point guard Darren Collison to do it.

Which may mean they are not done dealing or signing, they still need a backup point guard and a backup center head coach Monty Williams told the Times-Picayune.

 “My gut feeling is that we are not done yet, ” Williams said. “[General manager] Dell [Demps] and I share information on both sides. I talk to him about players and he talks to me about things we can do. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why we work so well together.

More players will be helpful, but Williams needs to get more out of the guys he’s got to help get the Hornets back to the playoffs this year. That starts with Emeka Okafor, who seemed to float through last season a little and not find a comfort zone with this team. He needs to provide more of a balance for these Hornets, some inside to go with Paul and the improved outside.

Which is to say — the answers to some of the Hornets concerns may come from inside, not another move.

But some, like a backup for Paul, do indeed come from the outside.

  1. Zachariah Blott - Sep 7, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    How good is Chris Paul if you don’t look at any of his individual stats and simply rank all of the PG’s based on their advanced impact stats (Adjusted +/-, Pythagorean Winning %, etc.)? About where you’d expect:

  2. MJ - Sep 7, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    More moves of a similar nature as the one where they trade Collison away for basically nothing doesn’t inspire confidence. Trades like that make the team worse, not better. Paul won’t stay anyway, and he especially won’t stay for an incompetent owner and GM.

  3. JB - Sep 7, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    @MJ How does trading Collison for A defensive SF make NO worse, if you go back a couple of years ago when New Orleans was winning 50+ games they didn’t have Collison and they were a strong defensive team, which i think your so called “incompetent” owner and GM are trying to do again.

  4. DubleSS - Sep 9, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    @MJ..R U Dumb or Retarded? Collison avg like 9 and 3 when CP was playing. He wasnt going to be on the floor with CP long cause the’ld get killed on defense. They should have traded him especially since they got a Trevor Ariza in return not to mention they got rid of father time(Posey). The GM is the reason we will be able to keep CP. And the GM and CP are the reasons why we are on Carmelo’s wish list and Amundson wants to come here too. The owner I agree is a lame duck. But even he knows that Gary is going to buy the team thats why they finally makin moves.

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