Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  32 responses

Hornets, Chris Paul Working on Exit Strategy?

Few bought into Paul’s PR-heavy statement yesterday that everything’s all good in New Orleans; least of all CBS and their sources: “This is the united front being portrayed to the outside world. On the inside, little has changed: Yes, Paul wants to win, but realizes that for reasons beyond the control of new GM Dell Demps and new coach Monty Williams, it can’t happen in New Orleans. And the organization itself has begun the inevitable process of exploring ways to make this end to everyone’s satisfaction. The Hornets succeeded in only one of their goals Monday: ending the public part of this spectacle. The rest of it, up to and including a possible trade that will extricate Paul from the Hornets while salvaging some semblance of value for the organization, will be dealt with behind closed doors. ‘The telltale thing is that Chris Paul won’t comment publicly other than what was released about it,’ said a person familiar with Paul’s strategy. ‘Leon Rose didn’t come out and say, ‘Chris is happy in New Orleans.’ If he was happy, they would’ve said that. … The only way they can get close to full value is to say, ‘You guys can’t make trade demands.’ They’re orchestrating this thing to likely move him.’ According to multiple people within the NBA who are familiar with the Hornets’ predicament, Paul’s new cadre of power brokers at Creative Artists Agency, led by Rose, are continuing to push Paul’s exit strategy from New Orleans — something members of the organization are well aware of and expected.”

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  • http://albayanos.com LeoneL

    Eff Leon Rose!

  • lexluther703

    Another example of the National Business Association

  • http://dsklf.com Jukai


  • Groves

    Chris to Orlando for Jameerkat, Double Bass and either Anderson or Orton and maybe some picks

  • AT33

    It is very logical that CP3 should play for a big power house team/city. It’s unfortunate for the Hornets but CP3 is too elite of a baller for them, at least they can command something in return for trading him.

  • Fat Lever

    Let’s see if this turns into Everbody Hates Chris…

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Exit strategy? you mean like a 1-hour tv special?

  • The Philosopher

    I’d love to see him in L.A. (Lakers)

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    still portland! portland! portland!..

  • http://Kingakai.com Alpha-bet

    There’s too much smoke to not be any fire, I think CP3 is gone. The PR stuff yesterday is just Paul and his ‘team’ trying to save face image wise.

  • AL29

    Oh god, I hope he goes to Portland. And I hope Portland gets rid of Greg Oden in the process.

  • Ronald

    It’s also probably to avoid losing any potential trade value. When your superstar wants to leave the team as publicly as CP, you’re going to have trouble getting his proper value back.

  • JStar

    Chris was just jealous of all the attention all the other superstars was gettin and hes kinda fell under the radar somewhat the past couple seasons with injuries etc. Unless management told him that they were gonna make a push for Carmelo or another superstar next year then he might stick around

  • Sven

    Yo Stern, get these crybabies in line please.
    It is not like CP3 gave up money to put NO in a position to strengthen the team. At least the 3 Wussketeers in Miami did that.
    Make up some rule like: Force a trade loose some guaranteed money in the process, which the team you leave can re-use to rebuild their team.

  • http://Yahoo Shanoooooo

    I hope he’s traded before the start of the new season.

  • Drew

    Who would your team trade for Chris Paul?

  • http://dsklf.com Jukai

    I’d love to see him in (name your favorite team here).
    Why would he go to LA? What is the purpose of putting the best full-court point in the game into a triangle offense which takes the ball away from the point guard? Are the Lakers really a better team if they have to give up Odom and Bynum for Paul? If they keep the triangle, I doubt it.

  • http://dsklf.com Jukai

    Lemme make my insane trade scenario:
    Chris Paul for Nash straight up. Hornets by out Nash’s contract and Nash signs with a contender (Heat?) for a ring. Chris Paul rejuvenates and downright reforms Phoenix, taking them to the Finals.
    Would this happen? No. Could this happen? I don’t even know, I’m too lazy to log onto ESPN and check.
    I do know it’s as dumb as thinking Paul will be a Laker this season.


    Ken Berger is becoming Sam Smith.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I like Jukai’s idea.

  • The D Train

    The Blazers idea has been lurking around for quite a while. Monty seemed to leave Portland on good terms, so I wonder if that would help grease the wheels at all. I know that there are teams out there that offer talent or cap-space, but I think Portland could offer the best mix of both, if they so desired. The funny thing in these trades, however, is that all the fans that want a top 2 or 3 PG (personally, when healthy, I think he’s number 1) completely overrate their own teams trade chips. Would NO really want Bayless, Ghost Face’s expiring and ‘Dre’s expiring, plus some other pieces like a Rudy here, or a Batum there? That is where having Monty on the other end could help Portland if he’s fond of some of the dudes he coached. My only hope, if Portland could pull something off, is that they’d hold on to Batum ***once again, a local homer overrating the home-grown talent alert*** because I think that dude has a chance to be a really nice starting SF on a title team, especially if he’s only your 4th option on offense. Check out the dudes shooting numbers for last year. And he’s an above average defender on the wing. I would love to see him catching passes from CP3 and knocking down open threes for the next few years.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Jukai, FTW.

  • a_whiteman

    Lol jukai is going off!!!…if that EVER happened I would buy season tickets for the Heat…and I live in toronto lol

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance

    I’m getting the feeling that these young dudes are letting all their “business partners” make decisions for them. Lebron and his whole LMwhatevertheeff clique, which now have their hands in CP3s pockets as well. I’m sure they helped steer LBJ to Miami, now this CAA group is telling CP3 he’s too good for the Hornets.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    I’d say you do like that idea Eboy, that adding Nash would make them practically unbeatable. Lol. No need to play defense when they would score 130+ a game. Haha. But yeah, on Paul, I have no idea whats going on inside this kid’s mind, one day he hates the team he’s on, next day he wants to play there for years to come. I’m taking it all with a grain of salt right now. I won’t believe anything said about him till it actually happens. I’m waiting for the 1 hour special titled, “The Trade”, or “No Trade”

  • drosefan13

    Funny how we heard nothing about him wanting out until he got with LeBron’s people….like it or not, LeBron is in his head. Before he got with Prince James, he said that he wanted to stay if they were going to build and if they weren’t, he would be open to a trade…not that he would force a trade. Now that’s exactly what he’s doing. Sudden change of heart thanks to LeBron and his team.

  • T-Money

    dfrance: how about players making decisions for themselves as grown-ss men? the media hasn’t caught up on players making their own decisions, they always need to work an angle on some suits advising them. bron went to miami because he wanted to win as many rings as he could. he said all along that the determining factor for him would be how any championships he could win with his new team and we CHOSE to interpret that as “how many rings he could win as a clear-cut go-to guy without the help of another superduper star because that’s what the legends would have done”. same thing for cp3, he wants out because his team sucks. he’s been saying for at least a year that he needs to see a way forward with this group. and lets be honest, theyre not contenders. NOW if you want to bash LeBron for the TV show then go ahead, that was a terrible mistake. but the decision in itself to go to Miami? he can do whatever he wants, he’s an unrestricted FA.

  • total scrotal implosion

    Im still pissed that subscribers, such as myself, got the stupid, ugly school bus jersey chris paul cover, and not the gil tiger tattoo. That was the easiest and most obvious decision, and slam blew it, and swallowed

  • O

    Am i the only man here who wants CP3 on the NYK so he can team with Amare and Melo whenever the strike ends next year?? To hell with Portland! Lakers already won enough titles, Orlando is cool, no beef with him going there.

  • The D Train

    Kind of aside here: where do I sign up to become a “grown a$$ man?” I would love to get in on that. i’m sick of being a skinny a$$ dude. if someone would point me to a site that offers the G.A.M. upgrade, I would surely appreciate it.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    If it weren’t for Paul being so good, ATL not taking him after Bogut, and Hurricane Katrina the Sonics would never have left and OKC would still have got a team. This sucks

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