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  1. Hornets will charge more to see Heat, Lakers than Grizzlies, Pacers

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    Variable ticket pricing is coming to a city near you. It will. By the end of this decade it will be thought of as common for every major sports franchise in America. What is it? Simply put, it will cost more to see in-demand teams like the Lakers or Heat on a weekend night than…

  2. Lou Amundson is done in Phoenix, but the Hornets, Warriors, and Pacers are knocking on his door

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

    Louis Amundson was the most understated of Phoenix’s tremendously successful reserve unit last season. Leandro Barbosa was the established veteran scorer, and could catch lightning in a bottle. Goran Dragic was the young up-and-comer, officially hosting his coming out party on the Spurs’ home court during the first round of the playoffs. Channing Frye was…

  3. The Flip Side: There are point guards, there are shooting guards, and then there's Lance Stephenson

    Aug 13, 2010, 6:53 PM EDT

    Wednesday’s four-way trade saw just about every team involved walk away a winner. However, the effects of that trade are far more specific than just saying “This team got better,” or “This team accomplished its goals.” In The Flip Side, we’ll look at one player from each of the four teams — the Nets, the…

  4. Four-team trade between Hornets, Rockets, Pacers, Nets

    Aug 11, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 1:54 p.m.: Multiple reports now have this as a deal all four teams have signed off on, and it has gotten league approval. This trade happened. 1:33 p.m.: In the early morning hours in Hawaii — while the rest of the state was sleeping or surfing — ESPN’s Chad Ford got up and dropped…

  5. Your daily Chris Paul update: There is no update

    Jul 29, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    Chris Paul has started to play it smart. The Times-Picayune is reporting that Monday’s meeting between Paul and new GM Dell Demps and new coach Monty Williams bought the franchise some time. After hearing Demps’ plan for retooling the roster, Paul, a three-time All-Star, is on board with the team’s direction and will not seek…

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

    Jul 26, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    Chris 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…

  7. Dirk Nowitzki's vote of confidence in Mark Cuban to land Chris Paul

    Jul 26, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    Orlando may be the most natural landing spot for Chris Paul should he be traded, and New York the most glamorous. Yet Dallas was also included on Paul’s list of preferred destinations, and while the Mavs don’t have a ton of young, proven talent to sweeten the pot, a trade with Dallas could make all…

  8. LeBron's rooting interest in the Chris Paul ordeal. Also, Freemasonry.

    Jul 26, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    If we’ve learned anything from free agency this summer, it’s that NBA superstars are a part of some secret, underground, Freemason-esque society. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh have been conspiring to team up for the last 15 years, and only now, with all of the planets in perfect alignment in their orbits and…

  9. Chris Paul may want to go to the Magic, but a trade to Orlando looks fairly improbable

    Jul 26, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT

    It’s easy to understand why Chris Paul would want to play for the Orlando Magic. Stan Van Gundy may be more demanding than most coaches, but he produces winning teams that dominate defensively. There’s also a guy there named Dwight Howard, and most online forum commenters seem to think he’s pretty good. The Magic could…

  10. Whatever Chris Paul asks for today, don't bet on the Hornets trading him soon

    Jul 26, 2010, 9:02 AM EDT

    We know what new General Manager Dell Demps and new coach Monty Williams are going to say to Chris Paul today when the two sides sit down for their first face-to-face meeting: Give us a chance. Both have just been hired in recent weeks, both will say they have not had time yet to build…

  11. Chris Paul has a Magic preference

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:01 PM EDT

    After Chris Paul’s list of places he’d like to be traded to came out, the natural response was to seek out a preference of Paul, the Hornets, and King of Mardis Gras. Just as it was with LeBron, only without any sort of leverage on the part of the player, every city of fans believe…

  12. Chris Paul to sit down with Hornets while his agent fields trade requests

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    If you’re a team interested in trading for Chris Paul, don’t send your request to the New Orleans Hornets, they’re not interested. Paul has two years left on his deal and the Hornets want to keep him. Send it instead to Leon Rose, Paul’s agent with Creative Artists Agency. He’s the one listening to offers…

  13. Who really is on Chris Paul's trade demand list?

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Chris Paul wants to get traded, we get it. What we don’t get is where, exactly. The first report from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com said the Knicks, Magic and Lakers were on the list. But that’s not what ESPN’s Chris Broussard heard, and he is probably as well connected with LeBron’s people and the marketing…

  14. New Orleans, you don't have to trade Chris Paul

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    Larry Coon, the salary cap guru employed by ESPN (you are going to read a lot of him next summer when the lockout comes), made a great point this morning: Three years ago, Kobe Bryant went ballistic. He was frustrated by the Lakers roster, the inability to win, so Kobe demanded a trade. He ripped…

  15. Report: Chris Paul to pressure Hornets to trade him

    Jul 21, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    Dell 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…

  16. Report: Hornets hire Dell Demps to man the good ship "Keep Paul"

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:45 AM EDT

    Dell Demps has a history of dealing with point guard controversies. He recently helped with the George Hill/Tony Parker situation. He knows that there’s a good part and a bad part to having two extremely talented point guards. This is a good thing, since he’ll be stepping into the exact same situation in New Orleans.…

  17. Dell Demps is a wanted man in Phoenix, New Orleans. But in a good way.

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Dell Demps has emerged as the hottest general manager candidate out there right now. A lot of you just muttered out loud, “who?” Trust us, you want Demps on your team. He is the number two man in the San Antonio Spurs organization (and general manager of their D-League affiliate), a guy coming out of…

  18. New Hornets coach Monty Williams wants to clear the air with Chris Paul

    Jul 17, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    And by “clear the air” we mean “try and convince him not to demand a trade which would result in the outright horrific downfall of the franchise.” CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger reports that Hornets head coach Monty Williams plans on sitting down with point guard Chris Paul for a conversation about where the team is headed…

  19. Hornets looking at more than Pritchard to fill GM spot

    Jul 16, 2010, 6:02 PM EDT

    Kevin Pritchard appears to be the front-runner to get the New Orleans Hornets job. For a couple of good reasons — he has a relationship from Portland with just-hired coach Monty Williams from Portland, and the Hornets need to make an impressive hire to show to Chris Paul they are serious about being a winner.…

  20. Report: Milwaukee Bucks interested in the recently released Luther Head

    Jul 16, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    The Milwaukee Bucks re-signed John Salmons to a five-year, $39 million deal. They picked up Drew Gooden for $32 million over five. They acquired Corey Maggette and the $30.8 million remaining on his contract over the next three seasons. They traded for the Nets’ Chris Douglas Roberts. And now, according to Chris Tomasson of NBA…

  21. Hornets reach out to Kevin Pritchard to talk about GM job

    Jul 15, 2010, 6:24 PM EDT

    There is a buzz around New Orleans Hornets games at the Summer League in Las Vegas suddenly. Respected player development guys are seeing their phones ring off the hook — potential general manager candidates want to get to know the Hornets personnel. The first guy to get a shot seems to be just-fired Kevin Pritchard…

  22. Hornets withdraw offer to Luther Head

    Jul 15, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    New Orleans had made a two-year offer to point guard Luther Head to be Chris Paul’s backup. Make that, former general manager Jeff Bower did. He’s out now. And the Hornets — and whoever is making player/personnel moves right now — have informed Head that he failed the physical and have pulled the offer off…

  23. Chris Paul must be watching Hornets management and counting the days until he can leave

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    There is more spin going on around the New Orleans Hornets right now than in the White House press room. Here is what we know: Jeff Bower is out as general manager. And that keeping Chris Paul happy is by far the most important thing to the franchise, and they are not doing a good…

  24. Jeff Bower out as general manager of Hornets

    Jul 13, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT

    If you had to name the top five general managers in the game a year ago, Jeff Bower and Kevin Pritchard would have been on the list. Today, both are looking for a new job. Bower and the New Orleans Hornets have parted ways, which Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman had first and has been…

  25. Hornets, Chris Paul keep saying he's not on the trading block. Everyone else thinks he will be soon.

    Jul 4, 2010, 1:26 AM EDT

    Once again today, someone from the front office of the New Orleans Hornets tried to shoot down Chris Paul trade rumors. ESPN’s Marc Stein tweeted about it: Hornets prez Hugh Weber, at event WITH Chris Paul, when asked if it’s 100 percent CP3 starts next season as a Hornet: “No question, yes.” The guys from…

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