Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 2:27 pm  |  136 responses

Chris Paul Requests Trade to NY

CP3 reportedly wants to be moved to the Knicks.

With Chris Paul’s future very much up in the air, Yahoo! is reporting that the superstar point guard has one destination on his mind: The Big Apple. Some details: “Chris Paul’s agent informed New Orleans officials on Wednesday that his client will not sign a contract extension and wants to be traded to the New York Knicks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. As soon as the NBA lifts its lockout restrictions, Hornets general manager Dell Demps wants to meet with Paul and hear that directive from him. Nevertheless, the prospects of the Hornets executing a trade with the Knicks appear to be relatively dim. The Knicks simply don’t have the trade assets that come close to meeting New Orleans’ criteria for a deal. Demps has been listening to overtures from teams around the league, and has been actively working under the assumption that Paul would reject a contract extension. The Hornets have no intention of letting Paul walk away at season’s end without trying to get maximum value for him. There are several teams, including the Boston Celtics, that could be willing to make a deal for Paul with the hope of convincing him to eventually sign an extension. The Hornets will be motivated to make a deal as soon as possible for Paul, and aren’t completely determined to get a point guard in return for him, sources said. They’re willing to play Jarrett Jack as the starter for the rest of the season, and mostly want to gather the best possible package of overall talent and draft picks. Paul has reached out to Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard recently, encouraging Howard to find a way for the two to play together, sources told Yahoo! Sports. That would be a difficult scenario for the Knicks to make happen. Paul’s desire to join the Knicks was cemented after he spent so much time in New York over the summer with close friend, Carmelo Anthony.”

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  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Why not go to BOS for one season and try to win a chip then leave after the season as a FA to NY.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    The Hornets should wait until the trade deadline and then move him to the Bobcats for the rest of the year.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    SLAM, put up a Deron wont sign extension with the Nets story. cmon

  • anthony y

    And the circus starts…

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    Work for your money don’t sign an extension and leave after the year. But please players stop requesting trades.

  • RunNGuN

    Like I said in the past… CP3, D-WILL, FIELDS, STAT, and D12 in NYK 2012. We didn’t need WALSH to make that happen!

  • O

    You’ve had your time, JTaylor! The Knicks haven’t won ish since the 70′s! Get ‘em Paul!!!!! Let’s go Knicks!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    These dudes lames if you ask me, Now everybody want to follow the heat. Dallas just showed you dont need no damn big three, just a star player that can get it done with great role players. These dudes dont want to win, they just want the glory.

  • Ldub20

    Boston is a team of older players past their prime. Plus the only trade BOS/NO would be able to make is RONDO for PAUL in which Bos would do that because Paul wouldnt sign a contract ext. He would basically be back in NO w/ a different uniform.
    Plus he not only wants to play in NY but he wants to live there too. He is very close w/ Melo and the market is crazy up there as well. And going to another team is going to take time to build the chemisty. They are going to need more than 1 season for a shot at the championship. Celts big 3 dont have enough in the tank to handle the Bulls or Heat. And Paul cant do it alone either.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    The Knicks are going to kick themselves in the balls if Dwight says he wanted to play for the Knicks the whole time and they settle for Chris.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    How are they all for the glory when they are giving up chasing individual accolades for the chance to win a chip? I swear the people that talk all these “players nowadays are all about the limelight” BS have never played ball in a team setting. What makes you think that the Hornets are going to surround CP with great role players? The man has given them 6 HOF-quality seasons and what have the hornets done for him? David West?

  • Red

    Knicks won’t win a championship, Heat MIGHT win 1 or 2.

  • jsmallz

    Hopefully it doesnt end like the carmelo thing did. The worst thing is he waits a year? when he doesnt have to fight he will have the choice.he has made clear than all you have to do is wait alittle longer and just do his job dont make a scene out of it

  • MikeC.

    @ Eboy – that’s going to depend entirely on how they view Amare’s value to the team. If they want Dwight, then a package featuring Amare would be solid.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    the big 3 I really wanted to see was cp3, Lebron, and Dwight. Would have been insane

  • Ldub20

    well said JTaylor21!!
    Even with these players being in the “NBA”…if you had a chance to play ball w/ your “friends” that happened to be stars as well, why not? I would much rather play with friends and win, than to play alone and lose. If your friend just happens to be another stud, so what? Its a new day, this isnt Magic vs Bird anymore. And even those dudes had stacked teams (kareem, magic, worthy etc)

  • O

    Let’s be REAL though, NO WAY IN HELL the Hornets trade CP3 to the Knicks without a third AND fourth team. I expect Paul to be traded somewhere else as a rental and sign with the Knicks next off season. Only way they trade Paul to NY is if the Angel of Stern forces their hand. I mean the NBA DOES own the Hornets…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The Hornets can get more from a team willing to rent Chris Paul for 1 year than they can from the Knicks. He’s not going to get his wish.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Dallas had a stacked team. And even then, things fell right for them.
    And for years, Mark Cuban tried to assemble his own “super team” it just never panned out for him.
    But the had a really deep team. Go down that roster, that was a LOT of money for role players. If you’re owner can overpay for quality role players, that’s a distinct advantage, don’t you think?

  • Ldub20

    If a third team were to enter the picture its possible. Who else wants to be out of their situation?
    Alot of trade talk for Monta Ellis no? CP3 to knicks, Ellis to NO, and knicks give up who Fields and some picks?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk


  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com OTB

    @Eboy – That’s quite debatable. Chris Paul is worth as much to a team as Dwight. He damn near beat the Lakers by himself last spring. He’s a great defensive player for his stature, and can not only score, but distribute as well. While Howard is a force defensively, his offensive game is still suspect, and will likely remain that way. With Paul at the helms, and Melo and Stat on the team, the Knicks offense is going to be unstoppable. They can always accquire a defensive minded center for cheap (obviously not to the level of Dwight, but keep in mind Joel Anthony was the starting center for the Heat).

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com OTB

    I don’t mean via a trade, just if both players were on the open market and the Knicks had to choose one.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    And like I wrote elsewhere, it won’t be long before Phil Jackson will express interest in the Knicks job if enough talent winds up there.

  • Hart

    my knicks are a center away from a title possibly?

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    So he wants to go to a specific team (Knicks) AND wants to play with Dwight Howard. Aren’t these demands kind of ridiculous? On a similar note, we see guys entering the draft saying they only wanna play for certain teams, guys demanding to be traded during the season, etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    *heavens rejoice*

  • Wray

    In other news, the sky was yet again blue today…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Dwight > Chris Paul for the Knicks. The Knicks still have Billups who would be just fine running the point with a team that stacked. Also, Dwight’s offensive game really turned a corner last season. Dwight’s the most dominant center in the league and Amare is allergic to defense and the rebounding.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Just the other day CP3 was talking about how his heart is in N.O. and he wanted to stay, now this. Not like it wasn’t expected, but wish he’d just been honest last week when asked about his interest in NYC. I’m not a Knick fan but this is the best possible pick up for them. Dwight would have been nice, but CP3 is a better fit as the distributor, D12 and Amare would have been somewhat redundant, similar to how LeBron and Wade are. Maybe D12 and Deron find a way to play with Kobe to make the next big 3.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    If Dwight wants to play for the Knicks then he should say something… time and money waits for no man. We already got spurned by LeBron, if Dwight wants to be here then he should speak up now because we’ll move forward with or without him.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He’s not being unreasonable.
    He’s going to be a free agent. He can leave the Hornets and they get nothing. They have decided to trade them. He’s telling them that if he doesn’t get traded to where he wants to go, he won’t sign an extension.
    Nobody is being unreasonable, unless you also think it’s unreasonable for a team to trade a superstar because he decides he no longer wants to play for them.

  • O

    Man, just trade Stat for Dwight and put together a package for CP3. We’ll struggle allllll year, but we’ll figure it out eventually.

  • RunNGuN

    I don’t care who ends up on the Knicks. As long as they can run up the floor in seven seconds or less, it’s fine. Also, the Knicks need to extend D’Antoni… he got them back into the playoffs by outscoring and out running their opponents without playing a lick of defense. WOOOO!

  • meloman2.0

    Knicks baby knicks

  • A-Money

    This is what i would do if I was the knicks:
    Get CP3 through a cheap trade, cause if CP3 wont sign any ext., then NO might as well take what they can get from the knicks, rather that than he goes for free.
    The trade STAT for D12 –

    = salery cap fits and the team would be crazy, better believe that!

  • Jer Boi

    they have NOTHING to give to NO. how would NO do this!?

  • Mike Mihalow

    I’m starting to wish there was still a lockout.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I think it is a lot more likely that New Orleans takes a better deal than what NY can offer from a team willing to take a chance on renting CP. (If you have 3 superstars with really just 1 realistic (if it is even realistic anymore) year left to compete for a title I don’t see why you don’t take a chance on CP and then jump right into rebuilding if he doesn’t extend his deal with them. It’s not like Rondo is going to be the centerpiece to a title team. His offensive deficiencies are too glaring.

  • @Killinem_K

    WHYYYY!!!! Chris Go to the MAGIC!!!

  • greg

    dont think this will work for very long they have no center and with amare in there they are gonna get killed inside. but they do have a chance to compete against miami with this roster. they need a seven foot devensive player though

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    The positive about CP3 doing this is that at least the team knows exactly what he wants/thinking. Unlike LeBron in Cleveland where he never made his desires known until it was ‘too late’ for Cleveland to really do much about it and try to get something in return. IF Dwight wants out of Orlando, then hopefully he speaks up too and let’s the Magic management know and plan how to proceed. With the news tha D-Will not willing to re-sign, I expect the Magic to go after him aggresively as a way to keep D12. I’m not sure what, if anything N.O. can realistically do to keep CP3 (maybe make an offer for D12 – which I’m not sure how they could do something reasonable). Bottom superstars seem to still be in the drivers seat when it comes to FA and I’m sure a bunch of owners are ticked off about this.

  • O

    Worst case scenario, CP3 ends up signing with the Clippers (which I read he’s open to doing), Dwight ends up with the Lakers (What’s the chances he DOESN’T end up there) and the Knicks are left with enough money to re-sign Felton and other pieces to fit around Melo and Stat. That’s not so bad. But I do hope we get CP3. Long live Donnie Walsh!!!

  • bnets

    Last time I checked Knicks don’t have cap space, no trade assets, no 1st round picks, and YOU CANNOT RESTRUCTURE DEALS IN PLACE!

  • O

    Knicks WILL have some cap space at the end of the year. Just not MAX cap space. But you right, they have NO trade assets outside of Billups expiring contract and Landry Fields. I don’t think we have any first round picks for the next decade to be honest…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The Knicks will have approximately $13.5M in Cap Space this summer, if they get rid of everyone with an option and resign nobody. Which means they will have 4 players under contract. (Amar’e, Melo, Shumpert, $13.5M) The rest would have to be minimum salary guys. Basically the lockout didn’t accomplish much of anything the owners said they wanted it to accomplish.

  • bnets

    The only way I think CP goes to the Knicks is to sign there as a free agent but he would be losing roughly about 39-40 million dollars because of the new CBA. It is a loaded draft class in 2012 for the Hornets anyways if they let CP walk and they would be saving money.

  • Fat Lever

    At this point, what is STAT really worth? He’s 29, on shaky knees, and doesn’t play D. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a very good player, but why on earth would Orlando trade Howard and get STAT and someone else in return?

  • bnets

    so they could have a big 3 but no team to surround them with

  • RunNGuN

    @O – LOL It’s true… the Knicks don’t have a first round pick for the next decade and half. They don’t have much to work with but the only way this happens is if they pulled a Mickey Arison and Pat Riley and did a fire sale. Like @NBK said, they’d only have four players under contract. Basically, they’d be the Miami Heat 2.0 and we all know what happened last year. In the words of Chris Webber, “GOOD LUCK!”

  • bnets

    The Nets, Clippers, Thunder, and Warriors have the best trade assets for Howard or even CP

  • bull22

    its amazing how stupid these cats are, all of these jokers wanting to copy the one season boston celtics, instead of carving out their own legacy
    and leading their team to victory.. dont matter even if paul makes it to new york this year, the result for them will be same as miami in their first year… GUARANTEED..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    @Jtaylor21, whatever, these dudes feel left out, so everyone wants to form a big three now. These guys have weak mentalities and they give up easy, which makes Dirk championship that much greater to me, because now I see all the softy’s in the league. You have your opinion and I have mines,period. why not ask to be traded to portland or memphis? At least they have some assets, because guys are only thinking about themsleves ultimately, not championships, they just want to be the hot topics.

  • bnets

    If I was CP I would demand a trade to the Thunder instead to play along side a rising superstar in Kevin Durant who plays better D than Amare and Melo. And the Thunder has the trade assets and draft picks to do so.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I don’t see how Chris Paul would push New York over the top. Their deficiencies wouldn’t change by bringing him in. They would still be the worst defensive team in the league once the game slows down. They would still be below average on the boards. And 2 of their 3 best players will still have issues with giving a consistent effort. There is just no real reason to say Chris Paul makes them a championship contender.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Why ask to be traded to a team with assets you don’t particularly like instead of asking to be traded to a team with assets you do like?
    If your general managers have done a poor job finding talent to stick around you when they’ve had TONS of opportunities, why would you keep resigning?
    How long have the Magic had to get decent talent around Dwight? How long have they failed?
    Same with New Orleans. It’s weird that so many people want players to stick with one team, then those same people criticize players if they don’t win championships with that team.
    Kobe is still a Laker because for most of his career the Lakers have had close to the best talent in the League. Period. If his team sucked he would have been ghost.
    Dirk has always had good talent. Before Caron went down, everybody thought Dallas was a contender. It was only after he got hurt that the Mavericks stock dropped. Furthermore, the biggest reason why people didn’t believe in the Mavs was because they didn’t believe in Dirk!
    Revisionist history is crazy.

  • bnets

    I totally agree @nbk

  • bnets

    good points @allenp

  • O

    @ Fat Lever, Orlando is gonna LOSE Dwight either way. So either they get Bynum or Stat because apparently he wants to be a Laker or Knick. Both injury prone, but better than whatever else is out there. Seriously, who would take Brook Lopez over any of those two? Stat goes back home to Orlando (he lives out there already) and has his “own” team again. Dwight goes to the Knicks and we sign CP3. Then again, this would NEVER happen, but if Dwight forces his hand to NY, then i’d rather trade Stat. Don’t get me wrong, I love the kid, but he doesn’t play any D, is injury prone and his game clashes with Melo’s. With Dwight, Melo and Paul we’d have an elite Center, Foward and Guard. Doesn’t get much better than that.

  • Dub

    This is ridiculous.. Honestly, we just get an agreement on the CBA and now this b.s rears it ugly head again. These players are going to ruin the league with all this garbage. And the best part is they just leave their current teams hanging,saying they’ll only go to one team and they won’t even consider re-signing with their current team. Bunch of greedy pusses. More parody in the league with the new agreement? Please…It’s gonna be worse than it was before! People gotta realize that, and the rich owners (Lakers, Knicks etc.) will just continue to pay the luxury tax, doesn’t matter hoe much they’ll have to pay. I’m so disappointed in the NBA.

  • @Deknowz

    LET’S GO KNICKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    When did Dirk become a tough guy? A week before the playoffs started, Dirk was still looked on as a soft, finesse type player that failed to come up big in the playoffs then all of a sudden he wins a ring on one of the most talented/deepest teams in the L, he’s the white version of Charles Oakley?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    How is it greedy to take less money?
    That’s asinine.
    If Chris Paul leaves New Orleans, he risks losing money. The Hornets don’t have to trade him. They can say “Hey, if you walk, you walk. We’ll take the cap savings and we’ll rebuild. And you’ll lose $30 million.”
    Chris Paul can say “Trade where I want, or you’ll lose me for nothing and who knows when you’ll ever get a true superstar again.”
    Those are the two positions. It all depends on who is more afraid of the worse outcome. Chris Paul has decided he’ll risk $30 million against the idea that he should play where he wants to play.
    Remember, if he gets traded to any team other than the Knicks, he LOSES $30 million to sign with the Knicks. If he wants to play in New York so much that he will sacrifice $30 million, how can that be greedy?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    ….Who said Dirk was tough??

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys6VpgI9BHA datkid

    cosign blackphantom… wherever said that is retarded

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

    The Celtics have the best shot and landing him through a trade, imo. Whether or not Paul will sign an extension with Boston is up in the air, but a Rondo-for-Paul swap makes the most sense. No way the Hornets accept anyone from New Yorker not named Amare Anthony.

  • chingy

    ^ always hear ppl say the Celts will deal Rondo for Paul straight up. But not sure why Celts would do that. They’ll be simply renting Paul for a year at a pretty high cost. Remember Rondo’s an All Star. Not sure many GMs would give up a young All Star for a one year rental player (although a very good one)

  • DukeFromDeep

    @AllenP… I don’t remember anyone mentioning the Mav’s as a contender at all in 2010. I seem to remember the attitude to Dirk was he was washed up and soft. No one save MCuban saw the Mav’s winning anything!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I wouldn’t take the deal if I was New Orleans until Rondo actually learned how to shoot

  • http://www.slamonline.com greg

    id go paul for kaman aminu eric bledsoe and 2 picks .hornets would have j jack belineli ariza okafor and kaman starting, tank this year and draft a future star next year. clippers would be on their way to contention after they sign a decent sf

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

    I’d like to see what Rondo can do as the absolute leader of a team, though, with no all-star/superstar teammates. And that’s no knock on Rondo–I just want to see if he has that Jason Kidd-ness in him.

  • http://Slamonline.com Kap

    He should be considering the lakers…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys6VpgI9BHA datkid

    chris paul has lost his mind… this even with him this ny team has solved none of it’s problems. and won’t be able to compete. He should go to the nets or something once d.will leaves. they’ll be in brooklyn and w/ cp3 they can make a play at d.howard

  • jadams12

    damn. SMH at the lockout lasting for like 150 days with Hardline owners crying all day long. At the end of the day was it all worth it? They were tired of superstar players leaving where they were drafted to join big markets, and after lost games of the 82 season, those hardline owners who were upset got nothing out of the deal. Honestly i’m tired of these super teams. Its so wack to me. It should be about being competitive. Its no point of watching the season knowing nobody can F**k with the Heat come playoff time. SMH.



  • http://basketballnet.net Aaron

    As a former Nuggets fan, I’m curious —- didn’t anyone tell CP that Carmelo is highly overrated and hogs the ball?

  • freezy23

    when will the new season schedule be released?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Tomorrow I believe

  • riggs

    these new members are retarded.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    We talked about the Mavs as contenders when they were killing everybody right on this site.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nothing is promised in a season. Nothing. You still play the schedule. Super teams have dominated the NBA its entire existence.

  • Heals

    Glad to see the new CBA has made it easier for small markets to retain their players. Last year CP3 would’ve just demanded a trade all season and NO would’ve been Den/Melo 2.0, but at least that won’t happen…

  • http://www.jcolemusic.com Showtime

    !rst of all, Newyork still wont be back to prominence aslong as your overpayed superstar never play D. That what seperates Contenders from Pretenders.So Ny Fans CHILL!!! & NO will never due a trade for Ny because dont have anything to trade, they already gutted the team out last year for Mello remember. The only way Cp3 goes is after the season, were in the CBA he take way less money. The Hornets would be find with the most stock pile draft since 03 coming up, with this year draft.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Is it too late to call those judges in ‘sota etc, and ask for them to reinstate the cases that were filed?
    This flurry of player demands in the last 2 days sure feels like same ‘ol, same ‘ol NBA to me.
    Big market teams, rejoice!.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    I’m loving the superfluous exaggeration and assumptions that the Knicks won’t play defense this year. Training camp has already begun and I guarantee you Mike Woodson is allready getting in their ass. They know what they have to do to get it done this year, and what mindset they need to have. I don’t mind if they take a few plays off on that end. Run up the score and D up in the 4th. Can’t wait till we see Miami.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    I for one was never apart of the Dirk being soft crowd,trust me. With that being said he’s not physically tough but he definitely mentally tough and I’ll take that any day,he could of folded like lebron in the finals after being down and losing in relatively embarrassing fashion he could of given up but he still came through and put pressure on the heat and ultimately won the finals.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Another point I forgot to make, Dirk pressure was ALMOST comparable to lebrons. Before the finals people were asking who’s legacy was most at stake, not to mention Dirk had to play against the same team that haunted him for years because of his failure to get it done the first time.

  • EtheKnickFan

    Want him wit knicks….but if he were to go to OKC and Westbrook goes 2 (or traded and bearded one starts)that would be a fun team to watch.

  • BBaller

    As for “superteams”.Even with the Heat signing Bron and Bosh, i think last season was the hardest to predict since 94, it was always going to MJ and the Bulls in the 90s, La 2000s then Boston signed their “big” 3. The competitive balance is strong in the NBA. When my Spurs won their 4 titles it was only Detroit that was a concern out of the East. Once we beat LA, that was it. Now Memphis,OKC, LA, Chicago, Miami, Celtics,NY,Orlando,Dallas and of course San Antonio have legitimate chances. What a healthy state the NBA is in, it’s not just who gets out of the West but First round matches in both conferences are great to watch. Who can say with certainty that any team can win? Love today’s NBA.

  • BBaller

    As for the Mavs last year, they were so deep it was scary. Dirk cannot guard Tim Duncan but it pains me to say Duncan cannot guard Dirk. Was it in 2003 when Dirk was injured and the Spurs beat Dallas? We were lucky becoz with Dirk, Nash and Finley i think they would of beaten the Spurs that year.

  • MikeC.

    For the idiots calling Dirk soft, please stop. You simply don’t know what you’re talking about. Maybe you’re 10 and just can’t remember when Dirk got elbowed in the face, spit his teeth into a towel and kept playing. Or the many many many times he severely sprained his ankles, was expected to miss weeks and missed a game or two. Just because Dirk doesn’t bang inside like other 7-footers doesn’t mean he’s soft. Softies don’t rip teams’ hearts out at crunch time. Over and over. Damn. And I’m not even a Dirk or Mavs fan.

  • http://SLAM NBA

    Yeah, why wouldn’t CP3 go to NY he will win at least one ring with Melo and Amare.

  • Red

    He spit his teeth out & became tough? That’s what anyone should do. He’s not soft though, and he’s a good guy & a good player.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Cosign Teddy on Rondo. I would love to see it. But I’ll go further and say that my guess would be that he wouldn’t fare too well. Or, not as well as now that is.

  • LA Huey

    Red, its a well-known fact that sissies chew their teeth and swallow.

  • http://nbasobrietystrike.blogspot.com/ CoolWhip

    Uggghhh, back to the same ol sh*t. I feel like a wife stuck in an abusive relationship with all this garbage. The NBA and its players keep hurting me, and I just keep coming back for more

  • Justin

    @AllenP…The Magic did surround Dwight with talent. I don’t think it’s the GM’s fault that the talent didn’t produce. Also, there’s a difference between the “super teams” of the past and the ones that are formed now. Back then the players came together more via trade or the draft, with maybe a free agent signing thrown in every so often. Now it’s the superstars chatting together in the summer and trying to force an organization’s hand by demanding trades so they can play together. It’s pathetic really. These guys are so weak minded now it’s embarassing. “I can’t beat them so I may as well try to join them and see who else will come play too”.

  • BBaller

    Now it’s the superstars chatting together in the summer and trying to force an organizations’s hand by demanding trades so they can play together. IT is PATHETIC…..great sentence Justin .. on the the point, Co sign etc

  • bt

    Don’t tarde what little assets you have left for cp3. Wait till free agency and IF YOU CAN’T SIGN DWIGHT then grap cp3. Dwight will protect the paint, thus making every player 1-4 better.

    Also trading Amare would be a pretty dog act considering he signed first when no one else would.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Rondo in Nawlins would get exposed.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    You know, I was gonna make a long-winded comment on this topic, but AllenP just takes the words off my fingertips. I agree 100% with him on every statement and reply he made, as they were exactly as I’d have replied.

  • eZ

    The NBA tries to give teams with stars an advantage to retain them by allowing them to offer more money. As allenp said, it cannot be greed when a player wants to leave so badly that he gives up many millions. Further more when a player has given a club 6 or 7 years of his career what more do you want from him? Thats half his career right there. Let that player choose his own destiny for a couple of years, before he gets old and is handed around like some commodity (billups, ewing ..)

  • Jono

    All these trade requests and free-agent signings make me respect Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki so much more.

  • eZ

    As for the so called super teams, i’m more amused by them than afraid of them. The price to gain three max players is steep. Miami can tell you all about that one. Really who was seriously gonna challenge them in the east last year? Old and injured boston, onedimensional and inexperienced chicago? Indiana, Atlanta.? Thats why they still got far.
    You need a complete team to compete for a title, one that has offensive and defensive balance well-spread among its players. Just teaming up studs doesn’t guarantee you that. James and wade do not compliment each ochers skills and style of play and same goes for amare and melo. That jeans that their teamvalue is not maximized on such rosters. Its a waste. Adding Paul over billups will not bring nyc a title, in itself. Pairing Paul or dwill with dwight is much more effective. Theres enough talent in the NBA to form many good teams, there are 30 Allstars everything year right? It just baffles me sometimes how gm’s just seem to want to stockpile talent instead of looking for complimentary pieces to their puzzle.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys6VpgI9BHA datkid

    oh so dirk was always tough huh mike c? oh ok. yeah you’re retarded. guys stop calling dirk tough… please.

  • Justin

    What exactly constitutes being tough in your guys’ minds? Banging in the paint for rebounds and loose balls, playing through injury, playing through pain and fatigue, something else? Who’s the first player that comes to mind when the word “tough” gets thrown around and why?

  • http://www.fiba.ch Darksaber

    ‘Discussing’ Nowitzki’s toughness a few months after he tore through team (and player after player) after team to win a ring, how very 2006 to even go there. And utterly stupid.
    Slamonline: where delusions happen.
    NBA Champ, fools. Choooooke on it.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    What you’re saying is that you preferred it when players were dependent on GMs to make quality trades and draft well. You don’t like the idea that players recognize who can play and who can’t and decide who they want to play with themselves.
    The result is exactly the same, but you would prefer if somebody else had the power and control.
    That’s not a sign that players are soft, that’s a sign that fans would prefer if they stayed in their “places.”
    Bird’s Celtics were a super team. So were Magic’s Lakers. Isiah Pistons were like Dirk’s Mavs. Kobe and Shaq on the same freaking team was a super team. Duncan and Robinson. Barkley, Pippen and Hakeem.
    Dr. J. Moses Malone, Andrew Toney, Darryl Dawkins. Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, and Wilt. Russell and his gang of Hall of Famers. Walt Frazier, Pearl, Bradley and Willis Reed.
    The most stories teams in NBA history are all super teams. The only difference is how they were assembled. Which means there is no real difference besides who is wielding power. That’s what the lockout was about.

  • http://slamonline.com Sam Rubenstein

    When I met with potential bands to play at my wedding, one guy said he played at Melo’s wedding and confirmed the story that Chris was there and there was a toast to their future in NY. It was their version of the secret meeting the big 3 had in China.

  • Mike From Spain

    Just a thought… perhaps Dwight, STAT and CP3 is a better combination than STAT, CP3 and Melo. Of course, it is better if you can have all 4 of them, but if I were to choose, if I have an elite PG, why would I want a ball dominant wing player whose strength is that he creates his own shot, and then have weak interior defense? I think that Melo could well be packaged to get Dwight Howard if CP3 is coming to NY… what do you think?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Aren’t there some rules that would prevent a trade so soon? That base year compensation rule or something?
    I agree that a dominant big is better than a what Melo brings to the table, but can you imagine the wars between Miami and the Knicks in the playoffs if it’s CP3, Melo and Stat versus LeBron, Wade and Bosh.
    I mean, I don’t care about the other teams, that has the potential to be outstanding basketball right there. That type of competition makes players take their games to a new level. It separates the wheat from the chaff.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    And then if Dwill hooked up with Dwight and got another serious player, like even Brook Lopez and a decent wing. Oh goodness. Man, that would be so freaking awesome.
    Because you would still have OKC and Memphis out in the West along with whatever young team makes a leap in upcoming years.
    I am fully in support of super teams, just to make that clear. GMs have shown they lack the intelligence and patience to pay role players correctly and build teams of blended talent. Therefore, let the superstars take control. At least that way I know I will get exciting basketball.
    For all their faults, Miami was worth the price of admission last year, particularly during the playoffs.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    You know who else is actually in support of super teams? Owners in a system where revenue is shared. Funny how that worked out. The lockout, to prevent players from forming super teams, ended up with similar restrictions on such teams as before, except now the owners get to share the money from them. Just like they wanted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tennenJin hojin kim

    Orlando gonna make the magic outta gettin CP3 & Trevor Ariza and trade nelson/ agent 0 and others lol come on!!!

  • Babalooey

    Why would Paul go to Boston, when they have Rondo?

  • hushabomb

    Would a 3 way of OKC, NO, NY work. NO gets Westbrook and a player, NY gets Paul, OKC gets STAT.

  • What

    hes going to the clippers DUMBIES!!!

  • http://yahoo Vic Lebardo

    This article is six months old. Check the date. Your writers haven’t gotten out of the bar?

  • Ebenezer

    ATL!!! Atlanta has cap space to make this happen in free agency next year. CP3, D12, J-Smoove, and Al Horford?!?! Come On!!!

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  • http://twitter.com/BigMike2591 Mike Moulton Jr.

    Holy shit, this is EXACTLY what happened now……..You must be some type of telepathic to have know this shit

  • Plus15

    It’s pathetic that you are still posting this story which is very old and events in the life of Chris Paul have passed it by.

  • Tim Johnson

    right exactly wtf is this ….., i seen a pic of cps summer with a yankee fitted on where the loyality !!

  • Tim Johnson


  • Knicks#1

    ^ I like that.

  • Adam Contreras

    Poor Clippers fans. Poor poor POOR Clippers. Once Chris Paul leaves, they only going to have the Big 1 which is Griffin #32.

  • Christian Loizzi

    For god sakes, Paul will go to the Clippers along with 2 future picks for Gordon, Kaman, Aminu, and Minnesota’s pick and Dwight will go to the Lakers in a 4-team deal that will send Dwight, Duhon, and Clark to L.A., Bynum and Richardson will go to Philly, Iguodala will go to Denver, and Afflalo, Harrington, McRoberts, Eyenga, Vucevic, Harklass, and picks.

  • Christian Loizzi

    will go to Orlando

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  • acmaggio

    Its now 2013. Remove this ancient article.

  • http://twitter.com/pogivic19 Vicente Lebardo

    Slow day. Again. The date of this article is Dec. 1, 2011.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alfred.luna1 Alfred Luna

    This article is 2 years old. Who cares, he is a Clipper


    is shumps contract up???


    If your dumbass even bother to read the article or at least look at the date it was published you would see that this was back when he was with the Hornets.

  • CryingAssBBallPlayers

    LOL! Really though!

  • pogivic19

    This article is a rehash, dated December 1, 2011. Chris Paul gravitated to the Clippers, after Mr. Stern turned down Lakers’ list of players offered to New Orleans as “not enough.”