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Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  22 responses

SVG on Chris Paul Rumors: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Chris Paul has an important meeting with his current employer sometime today, during which Paul and his agent are expected to inform the Hornets that CP3 no longer wants to work for them. Chris reportedly has a list of teams he’d like to play for next season, and the Orlando Magic are supposedly on this list.

Stan Van Gundy, Otis Smith and the rest of the decision-makers in Orlando aren’t exactly losing sleep over the possibility of landing the League’s best point guard. Well, that’s what they’re saying publicly, anyway.

The Orlando Sentinel and FanHouse captured the Magic coach and GM’s skepticism:

Like everyone else, coach Stan Van Gundy has heard and read the scuttlebutt that connects the dots between the Orlando Magic and New Orleans Hornets all-star point guard Chris Paul. “Much ado about nothing,” Van Gundy said.

All you need to know is this: Van Gundy doesn’t expect that General Manager Otis Smith will interrupt Van Gundy’s on-going tour of major-league ballparks any time soon to prepare him for a long-shot blockbuster trade. As far as the Magic are concerned — Smith labels the Paul saga as “rumors” — they just happen to be caught up in the speculation.

“We are only involved in this story because someone said he wants to be traded and someone said he wants to come to Orlando,” Van Gundy said. “It’s a New Orleans and Chris Paul story.”

Would he seriously want to play in Orlando (or anywhere else, for that matter), Chris Paul has no leverage here — he’s under contract with the Hornets, and cannot opt-out until the 2013 season — so SVG and co. are right not to fret too much over the rumors.

To say that the Magic and other teams around the League aren’t intrigued (and making plans just in case CP3 can somehow extract himself from New Orleans), however, would be silly and dishonest.

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  • SoulMan

    Would still like to see Gortat/Carter/Nelson traded for CP2 and Emeka. Salaries work too…

  • SoulMan

    *CP3

  • rayraynz

    BS – chris paul should play for LA

  • Sbrubbles

    Wouldn’t he be wasted in the triangle offense?

  • K.a.

    I like svg’s picture for this. Hes all ITS ALL MUCH ADO BOUT NUTHIN MYEAH

  • Ali Duyar

    Jameer and Dwight are close friends,so this motion makes Dwight unhappy.

  • Ali Duyar

    Also,if CP3 wants win ,he can make it in Europe easily. :) )

  • twinparadox

    So when is the one-hour ESPN special for this?

  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    SVG: LeBron is staying in Cleveland.

  • Harrell

    it’ll be a chris paul hate parade in New Orleans within the next weeks watch

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

    They are stupid if they wouldn’t want to trade for the best point guard in the League, just a thought..

  • Conoro

    Deron Williams is simply better overall than Chris Paul. That is all.

  • hoodsnake

    hornets fans start your fires

  • Ronald

    @Promise: Better off waiting for CP3 and NO to get pissed off at each other until NO HAS to trade CP. Then you can get him for 50cents to the dollar.

  • Sturm Drang

    The only way Chris Paul gets traded is if the Hornets management has some brain fart of incredible proportions. 1) Chris Paul has nothing on the team to force them to trade him (unless he’s willing to not play or play like crap and get benched/suspended). 2) Only a major brain freeze in the Hornets thinktank could possibly justify trading him for anything less than either a star in his prime or a young stud who is on the cusp of stardom…

  • BostonBaller

    Which teams did he have on his short list again? NY, Orlando and ??? Other than Orlando does any of his wish list teams have a good pg? I think most of us are a bit tired of this summer crap going on but we are such junkies we keep coming back for more punishment. lol.

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

    Just saw on ESPN that he just got out of the meeting with the team and the report is that he did not ask for a trade. Can’t believe every little thing you hear, but I guess we’ll see soon enough.

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  • badnews

    true dat Conoro

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com Don

    Thanks for keeping it real, SVG.

    Knick fan here, I already knew that whenever a superstar mentions New York, he is only posturing.

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