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Hornets GM denies CP3 trade talk because it never existed

Jun 4, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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Here’s an annoying trend. Everyone wants Chris Paul. The Magic, the Lakers, the Knicks, the Thunder, the Wolves, the Harlem Globetrotters, the Saskatchewan River Buffalo, everyone wants Chris Paul. So what happens is every team thinks they could maybe get him since he was unhappy last summer. So they talk about trying to get him, without talking to NOLA yet. Then someone in the team leaks that fact “Oh, we’d love to get Chris Paul” or “We’re trying to get Chris Paul” and then all of a sudden that becomes “BREAKING NEWS: TEAM THAT HAS NO WAY OF GETTING CHRIS PAUL IN TALKS WITH NEW ORLEANS FOR CHRIS PAUL TRADE.”

It’s not that it’s impossible for Paul to wind up traded. Credible reports indicated he was legitimately unhappy last summer and probably does want to join a superteam like the rest of the Super-Best-Friends. But Dell Demps isn’t taking those calls yet. And if he does, he’s responding with a well-crafted team statement of “HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHANO.”

But still, the questions are asked, and he has to respond by telling people no.

From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

Demps laughed at Internet speculation there has been trade talks between the Hornets and Oklahoma City Thunder regarding point guards Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook.“Thunder GM Sam Presti and I, our offices used to be right next to each other, so we still text each other all the time, and I can assure you that has not been a conversation we’ve had,” Demps said, cracking a smile as he spoke to reporters.

via New Orleans Hornets assistant coach Mike Malone still weighing his options |

First off, do we really need the “internet speculation” part? Is that really that much worse than radio or television speculation? Because television speculation has jumped the gun on the Melo trade and said Dwight Howard was close to signing an extension in the past year, both of which were absurd and untrue at the time.

Second, you can bet this came from OKC. There’s a lot of people around that team who make noise consistently about Paul and how he would fit with the Thunder. Except for, you know, the fact that Russell Westbrook is alive this plan makes perfect sense.

If you’re reading this and you’re someone leaking information about Chris Paul, please try and leak “We’d love to have Chris Paul, along with unicorns, Voltron, and Mr. Snuffleupagus. All of which have the same odds of occurring.” Just try and save us a few brain cells.

  1. denverhoopdreams - Jun 4, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Snuffleupagus??!?!?! What the hell is that? Did you Mean Snuffaluffagus?

  2. bittersonicsfan - Jun 5, 2011 at 2:29 AM


    I thought the same thing. Time for me to ask google some questions.

  3. bittersonicsfan - Jun 5, 2011 at 2:32 AM


    Google confirms Mr. Moore’s spelling. Snuffleupagus us correct. Google, I love you.

  4. macthefloorguy - Jun 6, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    I can see Paul coming back to OKC with a swap for Westbrook.
    When the Hornets home was blown away by Katrina, they temporarily moved to OKC. Paul was a huge hit in OKC, and from all indications he loved the city.Westbrook is a great talent, but sometimes I wonder if the chemistry is lacking between Russell and the rest of the team. OKC came ever so close to makiing the finals, led the Mavs in every game that they lost, including game 3 in OKC when the Thunder blew a 16 point lead with 4 minutes lef-It was a major collective brain f.rt! Russell helped the Thunder win a lot of close games, but against the Mavs he didn’t have but one really good game, and made costly tunovers down the stretch and took some poor shots. Paul seems a little more mature for a young player as far as the mental aspects. Westbrook has potential to be a superstar, but he has to gain consistancy to get there.

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