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Chris Paul trade talks stalled, Hornets say they are in no rush

Dec 14, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

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Taking a page out of the Orlando Magic (and before them Denver Nuggets) playbook, when major talks stall out New Orleans Hornets GM Dell Demps says he is in no rush to make a decision.

Chris Paul trade talks between the Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers have stalled out, according to David Aldridge at He says that the hang up is the usual — the league wants both Eric Gordon and Minnesota’s unprotected first round pick, the Clippers don’t want to give up both (plus Chris Kaman, Eric Bledsoe and Al-Farouq Aminu). The Times-Picayune says the Hornets have backed off their demands for Gordon. Other reports say Mo Williams and Trevor Ariza are now part of the talks.

And that’s just the Clippers side of the equation. Remember the Lakers are trying to put together a three-team deal to lure Paul. The third team would provide younger players and picks that the league seems to covet in any deal for Paul.

Who knows exactly what is going on? With this trade we’d need Fox Mulder to help us figure out what is the truth and what is some league-wide conspiracy concocted by the Smoking Man.

What all sides seem to agree on is that things have slowed down. So Demps spun to the Associated Press that is what he wanted.

Hornets’ general manager Dell Demps says New Orleans won’t be rushed into dealing Chris Paul and that there’s no timeline for a trade.

Demps says there remain “many options” for the NBA-owned Hornets to pursue in trading their four-time All-Star point guard and that the team and league will be diligent in “looking for the best one.” Demps says he’s working “hand-in-hand” with NBA Commissioner David Stern and has not been discouraged or frustrated by the length of time it has taken to reach a deal that satisfies all parties.

If he’s not frustrated he’s a robot.

That said, this process may slow down for a little bit. And come the start of the season Paul may still be a Hornet.

  1. jeffw - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    “New Orleans Hornets GM Dell Demps says he is in no rush to make a decision” HA HA HA that line made me laugh! Here, I fixed it for you:

    “New Orleans Hornets PUPPET Dell Demps says he is in no rush to have decisions made for him and he will continue to accept being emasculated on a daily basis and like it!”

  2. Rish77 - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    May god have mercy on the New Orleans Hornets…. This is insane, I understand the Dwight trade being put in the backburner, but now that the Hornets lost David West they have virtually no chance of competing this year, and for some reason I’m going to put his chances of resigning at 0 percent. They might as well deal Chris Paul as soon as possible to get the new roster clicking together sooner than later. The league is way too greedy to want Eric Gordon and the draft pick… That draft pick could be Harrison Barnes or Austin Rivers or another one of the insanely good college players coming into the league next year.

  3. goforthanddie - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Why would anyone ask Demps about the running of the Hornets?

  4. 6thsense79 - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Yea…..Demps was neutered days ago so we know he’s nothing but a puppet now. By the way I think what the league did to him was foul. We went through something somewhat similar a few seasons ago with the Skins management and coach Jim Zorn when they decided to take away his play calling ability and assign it to someone who had been calling bingo games a few days ago. No matter how bad someone is you don’t undermine them like that and for the record I think Demps was a good basketball GM……Anyways….any observer right now knows the Hornets are operating from a position of weakness. Even more so than most teams. Why? Most teams that have a superstar playing under their last year of a contract are already trading from a position of weakness but on top of that the league also must trade Paul this season because if they don’t and he walks at the end of the season without the Hornets receiving any compensation it severely devalues the value of the franchise and they will not be able to sale the team for the price they think they should.

  5. david8726 - Dec 14, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    I feel all sorts of pity for Dell Demps, having to stand there and pretend like he still has any say in what happens.

  6. pastortodd78 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    So much for that…Marc Stein is reporting he was just traded to the Clippers for Gordon, Kaman, Aminu and the unprotected 1st rounder from Minnesota.

    But I say we wait until he is in a Clippers uniform before believing it is real.

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