Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 1:50 pm  |  39 responses

Never Mind: Chris Paul Wants to Stay in New Orleans

Well, that was much ado about nothing. The lesson, I suppose, is to always listen to Stan Van Gundy:  “The meeting went well.  It was great to get an opportunity to sit down with Coach Williams, President Weber and our new General Manager Dell Demps. I expressed my desire to win and I like what they said about the direction that they want to take the team. I have been a Hornet my entire career and I hope to represent the city of New Orleans and state of Louisiana for many years to come.”‘

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  • Tommy Patron

    BS. If the tune changes during the season, CP3 takes a big loss of stature in my eyes.

  • Vegas

    Chris just do it, you’ll never go anywhere in the big easy

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    I guess LeBron, LRMR, and Worldwide didn’t get their hooks in deep enough.

  • MusketeerX

    Translation: “We have you for two more years. We aren’t trading you. You better get used to that jersey.”

  • BostonBaller

    He already took a big loss in most eyes…Now we have to read about how LBJ talked him into staying in the west, blah blah blad

  • drosefan13

    Maybe he will be able to keep his backbone while being with LeBron’s LRMR people. Guess we will see.

  • http://www.slamonline.com JL

    i don’t get why NO doesn’t trade him. they already have collison at PG and should use him to upgrade their PF or C position. they’re not winning with the current makeup anyway!

  • Nick the Quick

    Lebron aka The Godfather called the Hornets head office this morning and made them an offer they couldn’t refuse if they could talk CP3 into staying in the West and not joining an Eastern conference team to rival the Heat: CP3 gets the State Farm commercials.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Things will change in 2 years…

  • http://screwjams.tumblr.com cramzy

    I’m glad he decided to chill. Who knows what can happen in N.O. At the very least he should just ride it out a couple yrs and see where it goes. If it falters, bounce.

  • ct

    you will never win a title in new orleans chris. They can make u all the promises in the world about where the team is headed for the future, but its all smoke and mirrors. You would be better off in orlando. Make them trade you or play mediocre basketball for them until they do.

  • T-Money

    The truth is NO wanted to trade him and Okafor to Orlando for Nelson, Vince and Bass but LeBron vetoed the trade. That’s the word on the street, I swear. After that move, it’s official that LeBron will never be Sam Presti.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    So Chris got reprimanded by management in their 2 hour meeting today, and now everything’s hunky dory? Lebron didn’t ruin yet another team? Remarkable.

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  • T-Money

    Well Chris had absolutely no leverage. This is the same situation Kobe was in.
    STAR: “Trade me!… or else..”
    TEAM: “Or else what?”
    STAR: “…”

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

    Funny post T-Money, but it does make sense. i’d say thats about how that meeting went. They don’t have to trade him if they don’t to.

  • The D Train

    Unless Paul starts taking dumps on his teammates jerseys before games, there is no way New Orleans should trade him. If he does start doing that, though, they should trade him to the Cavs so he can literally hand out Cleveland steamers.

  • http://pardonthedopeness.blogspot.com DP

    Well I’m glad homey knows he has his own mind. Bron Bron been running inception on son these past couple of months.

  • CF98

    Not exactly, Kobe has a no trade clause. CP3 does not. Kobe could dictate where he’d want to go if he was going to be traded.


    Chris Paul never had the leverage with 2 years remaining on his contract before he could opt out, so by saying he wants to stay put in New Orleans, Chris Paul protects his image/brand by avoiding a potentially messy divorce from the Hornets. Not to digress, but the player who does have some leverage, and should/could be demanding a trade, is Carmelo, who can opt out after this season, which is the same situation Kevin Garnett was in right before the Timberwolves traded him to the Celtics. Do it Melo, but keep it hush hush.

  • total scrotal implosion

    Two more years of gumbo, beads, titties, and almost making the playoffs


    @CF98: Also, a player only having 1 year remaining on his contract (See Kevin Garnett in summer of ’07) before he can (opt out and) become a free agent, is slight leverage to control where he wants to be traded to, due to the fact it’s highly unlikely a team would leverage their future for a player that isn’t gonna be happy playing for them, which essentially makes said player an extremely costly 1 year rental. CP3 had zero leverage, whereas Carmelo has slight leverage.

  • http://www.mauricegarland.com Maurice Garland

    man…this has been the gayest NBA offseason ever. nothing but a bunch of damn gossip. might as well be on TMZ and E!. Thank you lord for Summer League play. If it werent for actual NBA action this summer I’d absolutely hate the league right now.

  • T-Money

    Why would Melo want a trade? DEN is actually a contender with nice pieces. They only need to get healthy. I really like their top 8 with Lawson, JR and Birdman off the bench. They have two problems: maturity and depth (the talent drop off is huge after the 8th man).

  • Matt

    They will be in Vegas or Seattle soon…

  • jose

    Well lets see what NO can do this year to make paul happy cuz, CP3′s leverage isn’t there now but it will increase w/ the time passing of coursee

  • http://dez@nba.com dez

    CP doesn’t have any opt-out clause? 2 years is the earliest he’ll be a FA?


    In other words, he’s got a 2 year bid in the N.O. before he’s free…

  • http://Yahoo Shanoooooo

    He’ll prolly be traded before his contract is up because there is now way he’s resigning. They need to jus let him go to the best offer in the East and part ways. Its not like you don’t already have a PG of the future.

  • Yesse

    Are you kidding me?

  • RedRum

    ha! maybe the did do what I suggested! “Listen kid, we have been reading SLAM comments. One guy suggested we bench you for two years if this trade thing goes on. Biggest clubs in europe do it. now kid… you have two options: you listen to your good buddy LeCon and ask for a trade, which we decline and we bench your arse, or you play the good citizen, give a nice statement to the press, and we take if from there, kay? Kay..

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    so the portland hopes is still alive..

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    in other news the cavs traded delonte west and bassy to minny for Sessions, Hollins and a future second-round pick.

  • Ronald

    @T-Money: He might want out because they’ve had more or less the same core/pieces for the past few years with similar results.

  • http://www.google.com gmZ

    Oh man, that sucks. I really wanted to see CP3 in orlando throwing up alley-oops to Dwight. The south beach rivalry would have intensified as well..

  • KB

    i think the hornets are playing this wrong. they have a young point guard just waiting to step in who went for 19 and 9 in his starts and had a 18-10 record. you can use chris paul to get rid of some bad contracts and get a few pieces that are badly needed and be back in contention within 2-3 years

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    F*ck, I wanted him to play in New York… Ah well… PLEASE tell me the Hornets will be willing to deal Darren Collison soon then.
    Also, what is this sh!t about the Miami big 3 influencing Chris Paul? They called him up and told him to copy them? He’s a grown @ss man, and the NBA is a bigger world then we make it out to be.

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