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  1. Hornets say they're not trading Chris Paul, but nobody believes them

    Jul 1, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    The Hornets keep saying they are not trading Chris Paul, but man is there still a lot of smoke coming from that direction. Last week’s hedge-your-bets statement from team owner George Shinn — we’re not trading Chris Paul, but we’ll look at any deal that improves the team — just threw more fuel on the…

  2. Dwight Howard wants to play with Chris Paul. Jameer who?

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard wants to win. He got a taste of it, he got to the doorstep of a title two years ago. Last year, there was Boston. The retooled — good bye Hedo, hello Vince — Magic could not match up. Jameer Nelson was back and the Magic did not get as far. So Howard…

  3. Not everyone is opting out: Stojakovic and Radmanovic staying in their bloated deals

    Jun 28, 2010, 11:23 PM EDT

    It only seems like everyone is opting out of their contracts right now. There are some guys out there riding the gravy train of bad general manager decisions, guys who are perfectly happy to keep their current bloated deals for next season. Meet Peja Stojakovic and Vladimir Radmanovic. Stojakovic is owed $15.3 million next season…

  4. NBA draft: Sam Presti refuses to let the Thunder fade to the background, moves up to grab Cole Aldrich

    Jun 24, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

    Sam Presti doesn’t just wait by the phone. He had antennae implanted in his brain years ago, for convenient and instantaneous connections to each and every GM in the league. Every time the draft broadcast goes 5 minutes without mentioning the Thunder or showing Kevin Durant, he makes a brain call and a subsequent move.…

  5. Hormets owner George Shinn says Chris Paul is not going anywhere. Sort of.

    Jun 23, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    Once trade rumors get rolling, they are almost impossible to stop. Even when they made no sense. Like the Hornets trying to trade Chris Paul. That’s not a normal kind of insane, that’s like Charlie Manson level insane. It makes no real sense. So owner George Shinn came forward to put an end to that…

  6. Chris Paul wants to stay in New Orleans, but only if team is commits to winning

    Jun 23, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Trade rumors — totally ridiculous trade rumors for the most part — are swirling around Chris Paul. But nobody asked Chris Paul about it. Well, until Chris Broussard of ESPN the Magazine did. “My first choice is to be in New Orleans,” Paul said in a telephone interview from London. “I just want to make…

  7. Magic, Nets, Knicks ask about trading for Chris Paul

    Jun 22, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    UPDATE 4:42 pm: The Magic’s offer to get Chris Paul out of New Orleans had to at least make the Hornets pause — Jameer Nelson and Vince Carter for CP3 and James Posey. That according to FanHouse’s Tim Potvik. That deal would save the Hornets money long term — this is the last year of…

  8. Memphis would like Chris Paul, too, but you can't have OJ Mayo to get him

    Jun 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    These rumors are going to be coming all day so let’s just be clear — there are 29 other teams that would like to trade for Chris Paul. Well, 30 teams that want Paul if you count incoming New Orleans Hornets owner Gary Chouest who wants CP3 to stay on his team. Once Chouest gets…

  9. Darren Collison may be the carrot to go with a bad-contract stick

    Jun 12, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    They’ve got a new owner and a new coach, so predicting what the New Orleans Hornets are going to do this off-season is about like predicating what Lamar Odom is going to show up for Game 5. Basically, you can’t. But this is not a high-revenue team and they are already over the luxury tax…

  10. Monty Williams wants Hornets to get out and run

    Jun 9, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    The Hornets have one of the best open-court decision makers and scoring forces in the league in Chris Paul. Yet the Hornets did not run under Byron Scott. They played at the 28th fastest pace in the league (of the 30 teams) Scott’s first year. After that their pace ranking still was never fast: 21,…

  11. New Orleans Hornets make it official: Monty Williams is the man

    Jun 8, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    We’ve know this was coming since the weekend, but the Hornets have made it official and announced former Portland assistant Monty Williams as their new head coach. He will be introduced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Reports are this is a three-year deal, with a team option for a fourth. Williams, 38, now becomes…

  12. Thibodeau accepts deal to coach Bulls, Hornets have deal with Monty Williams to become coach

    Jun 5, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:40 PM: K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that Thibodeau has accepted the Bulls’ offer, but neither team will officially announce his decision until after the NBA finals have concluded. 1:59 pm: The New Orleans Hornets moved on from Tom Thibodeau Friday afternoon and by Saturday morning they got the other guy…

  13. Wither Tom Thibodeau?

    Jun 4, 2010, 8:21 AM EDT

    New Orleans has made their offer and wait. Chicago had an interview and now is deciding what to do. New Jersey and the Los Angeles Clippers are waiting in the wings. Tom Thibodeau is a very popular man these days. It seems clear he will not be back on the Celtics bench next year, even…

  14. Report: Thibodeau turns down Hornets, or not. We don't know yet.

    Jun 3, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:45 pm: Now it appears that there is no decision, but the deadline is looming for one this afternoon. At least that’s what Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on twitter. Tom Thibodeau is still in play for Hornets job and clock’s ticking toward an afternoon deadline to accept or reject offer, sources tell Y! We…

  15. Peja Stojackovic is not leaving for Greece, no matter how much the Hornets wish he would

    Jun 3, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    Peja Stojackovic is going to be overpaid $14 million next season by the New Orleans Hornets. He is going to shoot about 37 percent from three, shoot poorly inside the arc, barely ever get to the free throw line and play poor defense. He missed 20 games last season with back issues. But a rumor…

  16. Report: Tom Thibodeau more interested in Nets job

    Jun 2, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau has a bird in the hand — an offer from the New Orleans Hornets. They want an answer. But the New Jersey Nets have expressed interest, and that has led to a dilemma for Thibodeau, according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated (via twitter). Multiple sources have told SI that Thibodeau is more…

  17. Hornets pushing Tom Thibodeau to make up his mind. Not like he's got anything else to think about.

    Jun 2, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    You know how life works — you’re biggest, toughest decisions come when you have no time to think about it because the rest of your world is crashing down on you. It’s always everything at once. Welcome to Tom Thibodeau’s world. On one hand, the Celtics assistant coach and defensive guru has the simple little…

  18. Hornets enter negotiations with Tom Thibodeau to become head coach

    May 31, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Right now Tom Thibodeau may be the prettiest girl in the bar, and the Hornets are stepping up to make their move. New Orleans has entered negotiations with Thibodeau to become their new head coach, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. This means that Hornets General Manager Jeff Bower has exchanged offers with CAA, the firm…

  19. William Wesley is everywhere, now represents Tom Thibodeau

    May 28, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    William Wesley is everywhere. Most recently, he’s been the guy linked to trying to push LeBron James and John Calipari as a package. Although his employer — CAA — also represents Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, so there are all sorts of connections. And now you can add Tom Thibodeau to the list. Brian Windhorst…

  20. Hornets do want Thibodeau, but haven't made a formal offer

    May 26, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau seems destined to finally join the head coaching ranks this summer after working for 19 years as an assistant. However, whether that opportunity will come with the Hornets or another team is still up in the air. Although New Orleans is definitely interested in bringing Thibodeau in as their new head coach (particularly…

  21. Hornets set to offer Tom Thibodeau their head coaching job

    May 25, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau deserves a head coaching job — the man has paid his dues, 19 years as an NBA assistant, and one of the best at it. Now it appears he is going to get to move over to the big chair. According to the Times-Picayune, the New Orleans Hornets are going to offer their…

  22. Apparently everybody loves Avery Johnson, or at least a lot of GMs do

    May 21, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    The Little General has options. Avery Johnson is apparently a popular choice among general managers around the league and could be the guy in New Orleans or New Jersey, according to reports. The New Orleans Times Picayune reports that he is a frontrunner for that head coaching vacancy — however to return to his hometown…

  23. Avery Johnson may not be the Hornets man, they keep interviewing

    May 17, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    When the New Orleans Hornets went in search of a new coach, the prevailing wisdom was this was Avery Johnson’s job to lose. He’s a Louisiana native, he likes a style and pace that would suit Chris Paul, and the incoming owner Gary Chouest liked him. Johnson may have lost it. Depends on who you…

  24. Is the sale of the Hornets stuck? Nah, probably just David Stern trying to speed it up.

    May 11, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    UPDATE: 5:35 pm: Hornets president Hugh Webber said that the ownership transition will be completed soon. A statement via Mark Spears at Yahoo. “Goal of both parties is still to finalize all the legalities and announce a deal sooner than later… Day to day execution of plans including the search for a head coach has…

  25. Hornets are not waiting in coaching search

    May 7, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    There are a lot of teams looking for a head coach for next season, and most are taking their time. Chicago Bulls staff said as much, while the Los Angeles Clippers have been stone silent. Not the New Orleans Hornets. They are on it. Five interviews in three days, including two more on Thursday, according…

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