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Report: Paul decides to stay put

Posted on: July 29, 2010 2:45 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 3:07 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Following his Monday meeting, Chris Paul and the Hornets released a statement saying things went well. Everyone kind of rolled their eyes and didn't think much of it because that's what players and PR people do. Ken Berger told us exactly that very thing shortly after the meeting went down.

But according to one report, Dell Demps must've made a nice impression.

An article from the Times-Picayune says after hearing Demps' plan for retooling the roster, Paul is "on board with the team's direction and will not seek to force a trade."

Demps must have one heck of a plan then. In the article it gives a hint on the direction:
Demps said they plan to put the necessary pieces around Paul by coming up with creative ways to make trades. Sources said Paul is confident Demps will be able to make the necessary moves on a roster that has remained stagnant during free agency. Backup center Aaron Gray remains the Hornets' only signee this offseason.
What necessary moves? Sign Shaq? Go after Tracy McGrady? I don't get it. He obviously must mean wait for the trade deadline or next offseason, because pickings are slim right now.

But not so fast there. Berger continues to hear differently on Paul's intentions from his sources. He sends along this info:
While Demps may have bought the organization some time to deal with the Paul dilemma, a person with knowledge of the point guard's strategy said Thursday his desire to be traded before the start of the season did not diminish based on Monday's 90-minute meeting. Both sides agreed to stay quiet about what was discussed in the meeting, but the person familiar with Paul's situation said his camp "wants him moved" before the season starts. But with no games until November, Paul's operatives are willing to give the Hornets' new decision-making team "air to breathe to work on it," the person said.

The NBA's memo Tuesday warning teams of stiff penalties if they tamper with Paul means that Paul's new agent, Leon Rose, ultimately will need the Hornets' cooperation to broker a deal. With two years left on Paul's contract before he can opt out, the extent to which Demps is willing to engage in serious trade talks will be the next shoe to drop in the Summer of CP3 saga.
So this isn't over quite yet. In fact, it might just now be getting good.

The Times-Picayune story says the Hornets won't listen to any offers for Paul. Also mentioned is this quote: "Chris never said anything about a trade, '' a source close to Paul said. "All he said is that he wants to win. He does so much in the community. He hasn't built those courts around (town) for nothing. Of course, he wants to be here.''

Which I find odd because Paul publicly said he'd be open to a trade if the right situation presented itself. This sounds like positive spin from Paul's camp so in order to not come out looking like a bad guy. Not everyone wants to walk down the road LeBron did just to get a shot at winning. Besides, there have been multiple reports saying CP3 would like to be traded to a contender. Multiple high-profile, plugged-in insiders have reported the same thing. There's definitely some smoke here. And this report from the Times-Picayune might just be an effort to put out some of the fire.
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Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2010 11:53 am
 

Report: Paul decides to stay put

Slimwill:

What you do not understand is the so-called parity in the NFL has nothing to do with the salary cap, restricted free-agency or the franchise tag but more with their playoff system.  The NBA and MLB determine their Champions with a seven game series while the NFL uses a single loss elimination.  During a seven game series the better team will win the majority of the time while a single elimination format anything is possible for that one day.  Even the sun shines on a dog's ass every now and then. 

As far as the Hornets, you people greatly exagerate the situation in N.O.  The Hornets were a playoff team in 08.  There are 2 all-stars on the roster, and a promising front office.  The leadership that was just purged had a decent track record until the last 2 seasons, and most of you had the Hornets tabbed as a Finals contender for 08.  Ownership saw that those guys made poor decisions lately, and they were fired.  You'd be hard pressed to find a more promising pair in the league than GM Demps, and Coach Williams.  Salary Cap room will be available next season for a big free agent, and the Hornets have drafted well the past 2 seasons. 

I don't understand your jibberish you say there are two all-stars and a promising front-office.  With the exception of Chris Paul name the other player from the Hornets who made the all-star team last year?  The leadership had a decent track record until the last two seasons?  Are you trying to justify that the Majority Owner (George Shinn), Minority Owner (Gary Chouest), Team President (Hugh Weber) and Former General Manager/Head Coach (Jeff Bower) may have made some mistakes that may have ruined a franchise?  The situation is more complex than you can imagine.  Gary Chouest had a verbal agreement to buy out the majority owner Shinn but the deal has been delayed due to complications by Shinn.  Jeff Bower who was the ring leader to have Byron Scott fired went back to the front-office temporarily and help decide on hiring Monty Williams and then stepped down as what was describe as a mutual parting of ways.  C'mon now.  With the Hornets ownership in turmoil and disarray you can’t blame Paul for wanting to leave.

A Hornets roster with a healthy Paul, (remember that the guy missed most of last season, leading to the poor record) and D. West can compete this season for a playoff spot.  With the expiring contract of Stojakovic and Posey, the ability to make a play for a big name can make the Hornets a viable 3 headed monster.  What other team has a better economic situation for the long term?
I'm sorry but David West had a nice run but he's no longer a threat, Peja and Posey's contracts will come off the books and seasons end but who will they sign?  Who wants to go to New Orleans knowing CP3 is leaving?  A lot of teams have close to or better financial maneuverability; the Clippers, Nets, or Cavaliers.  And several more will clear cap space in the upcoming years as well.  As for competing for a playoff spot I doubt that very seriously.  You have the DEFENDING TWO-TIME CHAMPS-LAKERS, Denver, Dallas, Portland, OKC, Houston (with or without Yao), Utah, Phoenix and maybe San Antonio or Memphis all ahead of New Orleans.  I don't think they will finish higher than the Clippers or the Warriors.




Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:13 am
 

All of this is idiocy!!!

I don't see how you people can welcome the proposition of NBA teams stacked with studs.  Why would teams in small markets even field a team?  The model here is the NFL.  The NFL is the only major league that has the magic word: PARITY!  The Saints won the Super Bowl, for Christ's sake!  Why can't the NBA and MLB follow suit?  Establish a true salary cap, and put teams that scout and develop well on the same tier as the Lakers and Celtics.  I want the chance to see my team do well if they plan well.

As far as the Hornets, you people greatly exagerate the situation in N.O.  The Hornets were a playoff team in 08.  There are 2 all-stars on the roster, and a promising front office.  The leadership that was just purged had a decent track record until the last 2 seasons, and most of you had the Hornets tabbed as a Finals contender for 08.  Ownership saw that those guys made poor decisions lately, and they were fired.  You'd be hard pressed to find a more promising pair in the league than GM Demps, and Coach Williams.  Salary Cap room will be available next season for a big free agent, and the Hornets have drafted well the past 2 seasons. 

A Hornets roster with a healthy Paul, (remember that the guy missed most of last season, leading to the poor record) and D. West can compete this season for a playoff spot.  With the expiring contract of Stojakovic and Posey, the ability to make a play for a big name can make the Hornets a viable 3 headed monster.  What other team has a better economic situation for the long term?



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2010 7:30 am
 

Report: Paul decides to stay put

It's easy to see how Paul can stay and play for a winner. Next season the Hornets will have $10 million in cap space and easily have that again the next year when Paul can opt out. Assuming Paul opts out in 2011, and if the Hornets can dump Okafor's $13.5 million on someone then it stands to reason that Paul could be the Hornet's Wade and recruit to max players to come to the Hornet's with each taking less than the max to bring in roster fillers just like the Heat.. As a Laker's fan, I hope he goes to NY. The East is still much weaker top to bottom than the West and adding a strong NY to the mix with Miami, Chicago, Boston, Orlando and Atlanta will at least make the bottom half of the East's 8 playoff teams decent for the first time in a decade.

Ain't happening, Blindsquirrel99. With a new CBA coming up, do you really think the NBA owners are ever going to let the Miami Mercenary Machine shenanigans occur again? No way. The Three Amigas have virtually ruined that possibility for all other players. Actually, if I'm Chris Paul, I'm highly upset with those three. Owners are simply not going to allow GMs (under the guise of player recruiting) to build their own team again... If they have anything to say about it. That boat has left the port.

NBA fans should get themselves prepared for a cantankerous, acrimonious bargaining parade coming up. I'd bet owners and Stern are going to try to take some movement away, as well as money. I wouldn't be surprised if owners try to pull off limited player movement, as well as limited numbers of FAs (baseball Type A; or max players; or whatever you want to call them) teams are allowed to sign.

This could be reminiscent to the NBA lottery beginnings.

And before anybody starts to pound me on this... Duh, yes I know the players will have to sign off on the new CBA also. But if you don't think the NBA climate, including the fans of every team but the Heat aren't going to be solidly behind some limitations, then you just aren't paying attention. Those attitudes may well hold some significant sway.

It could be a rough and bumpy ride.

Peace




Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2010 2:34 am
 

Report: Paul decides to stay put

hey dummy, you dont really think david lee has more talent or potential than amare stoudemire do you? There are A LOT of people who think that Lee is better than Amare.  Who cares who has more talent?  It's what you do with that talent, you know, actually perform on the court.  Amare will be nothing without Nash, and will be relegated to an average PF who is getting paid $100 million+.  As someone mentioned, the only reason Amare went to NY is because of the contract he was offered, and the only reason NY offered him that contract is they couldn't risk "striking out" in free agency.  The Knicks have one of the worst, if not, the worst owner in pro sports, and a front office who continually makes mistake after mistake. 



Since: Jul 30, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2010 2:05 am
 

Report: Paul decides to stay put

Chris Paul will still find his way out of New Orleans somehow. If not this summer, then next summer, or in two years when his contract runs out. The NBA has always been a league of haves and have nots and New Orleans has been a have not ever since they moved from Charlotte. Yes, they had a nice run a couple years back, but Minnesota had a nice run one year with Garnett, too. If and when things don't go so well this season for a New Orleans team that has done nothing to help Paul in the last two years, Paul will be ready to be moved again. The real irony in all of this is that LeBron, who was criticized for hurting his team, his fans, and even the league for going to Miami, may have begun a trend that could potentially make the NBA more popular than it has been since the Jordan era. In a league where a lot of teams (including last year's Cavs and this year's Hornets) have only the major drawing point of playing with a star, if stars start teaming up like this, we may see an even greater line drawn between the Haves and Have nots. But the potential is great. Could you imagine watching an NBA finals where Bosh-Wade-LeBron or Amare-TP-Melo get to take on, say, Kobe-CP3-Pau or maybe Dirk-Deron Williams-Durant? Not saying that any of those specific groupings will happen. The last one is an especially long shot, but the potential is enormous and might just make the NBA stronger than ever. Although LeBron may have damaged his public image in the process, I could actually see this helping the league if we see enough of these superstars teaming up. Sure, it would water down the regular season (who really watches all of those regular season matchups anyway), and it may make the first round or two of the playoffs more of a coronation of the best teams than a competition, but could you imagine if the underdog pulled it out, giving America someone to root for, or watching classic conference finals matchups every year pitting the league's premier players against each other year in and year out. It sounds almost like the 80s again! This doesn't mean I'm rooting for the Heat or LeBron, but I'm just saying the real gains from this could be something none of us saw coming. 



Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2010 8:33 pm
 

Report: Paul decides to stay put

CP3 / MELO / Amare would be awesome!!!

That would bring some serious some rivalries back to this wonderful League.




Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2010 7:08 pm
 

Report: Paul decides to stay put

The hornets can certainly make some playoff noise in the west.  Besides Dallas and LA, the other playoff teams from the west are good but not *great*.  The Hornets can be in that mix for many years because you know LA will start to tail off a bit and not make the finals every single year.  That leaves  NO, Den, Dallas, maybe a rebuilt Houston team.  NO can be relevant. 
Phoenix, SA, and Utah are not going to win the West for a while. 



Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2010 7:07 pm
 

Report: Paul decides to stay put

There are some who say that Nash made Amar'e and that Amar'e will flounder without him. If that's the case then Lee may very well be a better PF than Stoudamire. Especially at the dollar figures being paid to each.



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2010 5:51 pm
 

Report: Paul decides to stay put

hey dummy, you dont really think david lee has more talent or potential than amare stoudemire do you? 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2010 5:12 pm
 

Report: Paul decides to stay put

Gee, Berger just guesses - big shock!

The Hornets aren't going to trade CP3 because they can't get anywhere near his value in return.

To the poster who suggested he go to the Knicks - LOL.  Dude, only delusional Knicks fans think ANYONE wants to play there.  The only reason Amar'e signed there was because NY was the only team dumb enough to offer that much money to him.  they already had a better PF than Amar'e in David Lee at less money but after getting no one worthwhile in free agency they figured they had to make some kind of signing to keep their fans from revolting.




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