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Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  105 responses

Hornets to Make Decision on Chris Paul By Friday?


by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

The bad news is that Chris Paul is involved in so many trade scenarios, it’s enough to cause a migraine for anyone trying to sort through the rumors.

The good news is that maybe, just maybe, this won’t be dragging on for too much longer.

According to Yahoo! Sports‘ sources, the New Orleans Hornets are expected to make a decision on their franchise superstar by the end of this week. What that means, of course, is anyone’s guess.

Here are some of the team’s options so far, as the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and LA Lakers are all in the hunt for CP3′s services :

  • The Clippers’ opening salvo was an offer that included restricted free agent DeAndre Jordan and Minnesota’s unprotected first-round pick, with L.A. hoping that the prospect of playing with electrifying forward Blake Griffin and the big stage of Los Angeles would be enticing enough to Paul that he would eventually commit to the team long term. Eric Gordon is not in the deal “at this time,” a source said, though it is understood that any deal that would include a commitment from Paul would have to include the sharpshooting guard.”
  • There are several legitimate suitors angling to make a play for all-star guard Chris Paul, according to reports by ESPN and Yahoo! Sports , but the Knicks, with very little in assets to offer, are not among the group. So here we are again in a situation where it seems a third of the league has the interest and ability to trade for a star, but only one team — as the Yahoo! report confirmed, the Knicks — is his preferred destination.”
  • “It appears that New Orleans point guard Chris Paul is going to be traded in the near future, and the Celtics have continued their conversations with the Hornets regarding Rajon Rondo, according to two NBA sources. Although Celtics president Danny Ainge said he had no plans to move Rondo for Paul, the club has continued looking for a way to pry the perennial All-Star out of New Orleans. The Celtics appear open to discussing a trade for Rondo, although a Hornets source said Boston was not ‘shopping’ him.”
  • “Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Gordon are the two players New Orleans has pursued the hardest in the Hornets’ fast-moving search for a workable Chris Paul trade, according to sources close to the talks. But the Hornets continue to meet with resistance from the Warriors and the Clippers on Curry and Gordon, because both teams are reluctant to part with their young backcourt cornerstones with no assurance from Paul that he will stay beyond this season. Sources said that the Hornets have actually been trying to convince the Warriors to part with Curry since before last season’s trade deadline in February. But the Warriors could only stomach the inclusion of Curry if they knew Paul would extend his contract as part of the trade or at least commit to invoking his option for the 2012-13 season. Golden State has still received no such promises.”

  • To add to the fun, the Hornets are currently owned by the NBA and desperately searching for a buyer, while the team’s meal ticket on the court looks to bolt prior to becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer.

    Yeah, good luck with all of that.

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    • Bt

      This is a joke, the NBA itself Is deciding where a franchise player goes

    • KeAmber Council

      why are the hornets going to trade their best player. that’s dumb!!! But i hope CP3 goes to the Magic with Dwight Howard so they can get a shot at that ring this year my two favorite bball players together on the same team :)

    • bdog

      if he winds up in orlando i say dhoward stays. i am sitll convinced dhoward winds up in purple and gold and cp3 will be in blue n orange but that is just me!

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

      This would be so much easier on the Hornets had they kept Darren Collison. I knew they’d regret that move. I don’t even know who they got in return for him.

    • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

      Frridaaay, friidaayyy,….

    • rudy

      the hornets are about to come up, whether it’s in players or draft picks. They pretty much name the price for how much he’s gonna cost. Especially with David West most likely leaving town. It’s time to reload once again.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR6ULRp3Uqk Overtime

      @Dfrance, they got Ariza in a trade. So wasn’t terrible, but yeah shoulda kept Collison

    • http://gmail dirty frank

      @KeAmber. The Hornets will lose CP3 in the offseason to free agency. It’s better to trade the player and get something in return than let him walk away.

    • http://slamonline.com nbk

      The Hornets are in trouble. Simple as that. Paul will not commit to anyone pre-trade, even if he IS willing to sign an extension. Wanna know why? Cuz he is minimizing the loss of talent on his new team by not committing to resign. For instance, let’s assume the Clippers trade goes down (because they have the best trade offer if he doesn’t commit pre-trade) and he hasn’t committed to an extension. Now the lineup looks like this, Paul, Gordon, Aminu/Gomes, Griffin, Kaman. He will sign that extension. This situation in NY, despite it’s star power, is not better than that. Especially moving forward.

    • jason kimbrough

      keAmber Council, to answer your question Chris Paul has no intentions of signing an extension with N.O.. Therefore they are attempting to trade him so that they can get something in return to make up for his absence. If they allow him to play out the season and he then signs with another team, the Hornets would be just like Cleveland was when Lebron left. The challenge here is that Chris Paul ultimately decides where he will end up so although a ton of teams are making offers for him, if he is not willing to sign an extension than it makes no sense for them to trade for him because they then put themselves in the same situation as what the Hornets are in. Realistically, the Lakers and the Knicks have the best chances of getting him because they can pay him what he is commanding in free agency, they have immediate talent to play with him that would allow him to compete for a ring. All the other teams would be trying to sign him long term and then use his presence to lure other free agents but there are really no guarantees with that and it may not be worth CP “rolling the dice” with the next 8 yrs of his career.

    • IAMORANGE4EVER

      Chris Paul should keep his options open and hold out for 2012 free agency. I don’t believe he wants to gut the team he goes to in a trade. You know, it’s not against the law to become a free agent. It’s ok to be patient. There will be no lockout in the summer of 2012. Free agency will be open for business, and the team he goes to, will have more assets in place to make a run for several chips, than they would if they traded for him. If someone wants to rent him for a 66 game season, and get a bunch of cap space by 2012, then more power to them.

    • robb

      Just go to the Lakers.

    • http://slamonline.com nbk

      IAMORANGE4EVER doesn’t understand that by not signing an extension he loses out on roughly $30Million. Plus the Knicks (who everyone assumes he will hold out for, because Melo and Stoudemire are championship caliber players HAH) can offer Chris a MAXIMUM of $13.5M, and that would leave them with $0.00 for anyone else and 4 players on their roster. (hello NBA minimum players)

    • IAMORANGE4EVER

      I find it funny how almost everyone is pressuring Chris Paul to make a decision now in regards to a trade, thus stripping him of his right to become a free agent in 2012. It’s not like last year. There is no lockout in the horizon. Chris Paul’s best option is to wait it out. He should get in front of the microphone and say, “Let’s stop the trade chatter right now. I don’t want the trade circus to take away from the team I am under contract to play for. I want to honor my contract and play for the New Orleans Hornets. Let me be clear, any team that even attempts to trade for me better understand right now, it’s not getting a guarantee I’ll stay with them past this season. That goes for all 29 other NBA teams. I just want to focus on my teammates here in New Orleans, and prepare for this season. Thank you all for listening, there will be no questions. Now I have to get back to practice with my teammates and prepare for the upcoming season. I’m really excited to get out there and express myself.”

    • http://slamonline.com nbk

      I find it funny how you refuse to read the words that have repeatedly been put infront of your face over the last few weeks. He wants an extension, because he stands to lose 30 MILLION DOLLARS. Becoming a free agent costs him more money than 25 average people make in their lifetime, COMBINED. He stands to lose a ton by not signing an extension.

    • misso

      @keamber I’m a magic fan & were pursuing CP3 hard, we even have a billboard that says Otis bring Paul for Christmas as a gift to Orlando, its cray & were goin after monta ellis

    • http://slamonline.com nbk

      to bad you got nobody to give up.

    • http://slamonline.com Allenp

      Yeah, if he becomes a free agent he loses his Bird Rights, and the bigger raises, extra year and higher salary that go along with them.
      If he gets traded to a team he doesn’t like, he loses that too.
      If he goes where he wants, he gets everything he wants.
      For the Hornets, they have to convince a team to take the risk that Paul won’t resign and weigh it against the ability to get arguably the best point guard in the League. (I just saw somebody ask whether Chris Paul was $13 million better than Steph Curry. The answer is hell yes.)

    • http://slamonline.com nbk

      Its gonna be crazy when 5 of the top 5 players in the league play in Miami or LA.

    • http://www.theknicksblog.com/2011/12/01/paul-and-bird-rights-how-the-deal-can-happen/ IAMORANGE4EVER

      I found this post at The Knicks Blog very interesting, “Paul and Bird Rights- How the Deal Can Happen.” Click my name to read it. There is no more uncertainty of the CBA looming. Now there is clarity. Chris Paul’s best option is to become a free agent in 2012, and go to the team of his liking, and that team will not have been stripped of the required assets to have made a trade for him. The Hornets (if Paul leaves via free agency) would get cap space, and a clean slate for their next new owner. Not a bad thing.

    • http://slamonline.com nbk

      Chris Paul keeps his Bird Rights if he is traded. The Hornets are not interested in $13M in cap space, they are interested in selling the team. And you can’t sell a team without assets, New Orleans isn’t a FA destination. Cap Space basically gives them nothing of value, especially without a real owner. And a sign-and-trade with the knicks, would AT BEST, bring back Toney Douglas & Iman Shumpert, and that’s at the very very best. They wouldn’t even receive Chauncey Billups, his contract expires this summer as well. There is not any logic for the Hornets to hold out till this summer. There is not any logic to Chris Paul taking the chance that a sign and trade could potentially work. Basically, just because someone writes a illogically based article, doesn’t mean he is right.

    • http://slamonline.com Allenp

      The article takes facts, then twists them to an illogical conclusion from what I can tell.
      Paul has to get traded to a team six months before he becomes a free agent to be eligible for Bird Rights, from what I’ve read about the CBA. He will only be a free agent because he’s expected to void the final year on his contract, just like Deron Williams is expected to do and Dwight Howard. If they didn’t void that final year, they could just sign an extension, but there is no way they are doing that because they would lose an incredible amount of money. That’s the main reason Dwill didn’t sign the extension with New Jersy.
      After becoming a free agent Paul could re-sign with the team he was traded too and he would be eligible for Bird rights and a five year contract as a free agent.
      He CANNOT have Bird Rights for a team whose roster he is not on for at least six months. The Bird Rights only apply to those players of your own you want to resign.
      So, the Knicks would have to convince the Hornets to accept their horrible offer, then resign Paul. Which isn’t happening.
      If he gets traded anywhere else, the Knicks would have to hope that he’s willing to take less money because their cap space is limited.
      That’s how it works. That article is filled with all kinds of problems.

    • IAMORANGE4EVER

      NOBODY and I mean NOBODY can force Chris Paul to do what he doesn’t want to do. He has the RIGHT to become a free agent. The NEW YORK KNICKS may be were he wants to play, and if he wants it bad enough, which I surmise he does, he’ll get it. Ya dig? Sho nuff! GO KNICKS!

    • http://www.twitter.com_dfrance dfrance21

      I don’t think its really up to Chris Paul to decide he’ll wait it out and become a FA. The Hornets are not going to just sit by, knowing full well he doesn’t intend to resign, and let him walk next summer for nothing. The only leverage he has is saying that he will not sign an extension unless he’s traded to… and then name his team. The Hornets would then have to try and make that trade work, or convince a team to rent him for a lockout shortened season, while losing valuable assets and being left with nothing come the summer of 2012. Can’t really think of a team willing to do that unless they’re confident they can convince him to stay, or that they can win it all this year.

    • http://slamonline.com Allenp

      You’re assuming he wants to play for the Knick so bad he will take smaller raises, less money and a roster with no talent or draft picks.
      That’s what you’re banking on? I mean it could happen, but Rihanna being naked on your bed when you get home could also happen, theoretically.
      When I think about it, Utah did a great job with how they handled the Dwill trade, and New Jersey made a very smart offer to them.
      Denver did pretty good too until all their players signed in China, lol.
      New York got fleeced, Cleveland froze and Toronto choked.

    • http://slamonline.com Allenp

      Boston only wants him for at least one year. They figure that they can convince him and if not, they get one last shot at glory.
      The Clippers believe their talent will convince him.
      Same with the Lakers.
      Everybody else is just talking.

    • http://slamonline.com nbk

      New York failed the day they signed Amar’e to that contract. Assuming he would entice LeBron was the reason they signed him when they did, for how much they did. Then they gave all that money to Melo, despite the fact that he wasn’t going to leave and handicapped all of their financial flexibility for the next 5 years. Chris Paul’s agent (in the very least) knows that and has relayed as much to CP

    • http://www.twitter.com_dfrance dfrance21

      Really, who is left on Denver’s roster? They’re gonna be horrible this year.

    • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/05/earl-monroe-thinks-chris-paul-would-thrive-in-new-york/ IAMORANGE4EVER

      At the end of the day, I agree with Earl “The Pearl” Monroe (click my name), and I’m quite sure Chris Paul would “RELISH” playing in the Big Apple. Sometimes you got to be patient for what you want. Whatever discount he takes to play for the Knicks, will be more than made up for with the perks/endorsements that come from playing on the New York Knicks. Factor in the fact he’d be playing alongside Melo and Stat, and contending for chips, and it’s hard to see how he doesn’t wait it out until free agency to get what he truly wants.

    • http://slamonline.com Allenp

      New York failed when they gave Melo all that money AND traded both Chandler and Gallo.
      That was just dumb. They should have kept one. Then maybe they could have convinced Paul that they had the overall talent to contend with a few smaller pieces. Then again, I thought Chandler was the better piece to keep, and he became a free agent and wanted to get paid, so that would have been a problem.
      But, if they had kept gallo, played him at four, Amare at the five, and kept Fields and Iman at the two,, they would have been at least enticing.

    • http://slamonline.com Allenp

      You could be right about taking less money to make more money.
      But, I still see a talent dearth. They would hvae the same issues as Miami, with less defense. Lol.

    • http://slamonline.com nbk

      IAMORANGE4EVER, they said the same ignorant sh*t about LeBron. Then he signed for less and still made more than he would have after taxes in New York. ANd guess what? LA is just as big of a market for an NBA player as New York. And that’s where Chris Paul is likely headed, with a younger team, with more potential.

    • IAMORANGE4EVER

      Santa better come through and get that kid in Phoenix an Amar’e Stoudemire Knicks jersey. POW! God forbid Nash comes in to New York, where he lives in the off-season, to back up CP3 next year. ROFL

    • http://slamonline.com nbk

      There is ZERO chance New Orleans holds onto Paul through this season. ZERO. Thus, there is ZERO chance he becomes a Knick from the Hornets.

    • http://slamonline.com nbk

      You realize I don’t care about the Suns right? I just like good basketball, it’s why I don’t watch the Knicks if there is other games on.

    • http://nba.com GP23

      Bottom line is, the Knicks need to learn to play some Defense if they want to hold that Larry O’Brien Trophy. CP3 (presuming he goes to NY) as a defender is ok, he gets steals, but Melo and Amare are just lazy on the defenive end. And we all know their coach’s philosophy….

    • IAMORANGE4EVER

      Chris Paul actually wants to play for the Knicks. Comparing that to LeBron “allegedly” considering the Knicks is JOKE! Do you really need help connecting the dots? The fact of the matter is, Chris Paul compliments Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire and they could be a triumphant trio that would contend for chips for a long long time. Only a blind Knicks hater can’t/won’t see the BIG picture when it comes to why Chris Paul would strongly consider waiting it out until 2012 free agency to play for the New York Knicks.

    • http://slamonline.com nbk

      lol, words at a wedding before both guys were even on the team, vs actually watching that Knicks team play. Plus the career advice from his Agent. And the risk of losing huge amounts of money. Only a delusional Knicks fan would assume the most unlikely scenario will happen. He could still become a Knick, but it would be a crappy decision. And it would have to be a decision. Because he’s not getting traded there with his Bird Rights intact.

    • IAMORANGE4EVER

      Not to digress, but word on the street is Suns free agent Grant Hill is packing his bags in a New York minute to come and play for the Knicks. I LOVE IT! GO KNICKS!

    • http://slamonline.com nbk

      No word on the street is, he is strongly considering Phoenix, Boston, New York, Chicago, and minorly the Clippers (which is unlikely).

    • IAMORANGE4EVER

      Get your Grant Hill Knicks jersey, nbk! Come join the evil empire. lol

    • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

      I doubt CP stays in NO this season. I see him going to the Clips this season and then becoming a FA the next. Where does he go after that? Who knows, he’s almost as certain to resign with the clipps as he is to play with the Knicks.

    • http://slamonline.com nbk

      I’ll get a Chris Paul Knicks jersey if he goes there. No doubt. To go with all the other random jersey’s I got. Just don’t see it happening.

    • http://slamonline.com Allenp

      It’s funny that both Melo and Amare talked about winning, but both took the max.
      They are set to earn $19 million each in the 2012-2013 season. If you figure the salary cap is $58 million and the luxury tax threshold is like $7o Million they means the Knicks would have $30 to sign Paul and every other player on their roster.
      And Paul would have to agree to earn significantly less. It could happen, but he would have to really, REALLY like New York.

    • http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine nbk

      The Spurs are first to Amnesty. Bye Bye RJ. Have fun in Clipper Land.

    • IAMORANGE4EVER

      Dear AllenP, Did you know Kobe set to make 25 plus million this season, then almost 28 mil next season, and 30 million in the season after that? Wow! That surely doesn’t give really give the Lakers much room to fill their roster out after they pay a shooting guard with that many miles on his knees that kind of money. The Lakers, better hope the Magic and Hornets gift wrap their franchise players for a 31 year old Gasol, and Bynum who’s a young center, who has suspect knees and really ain’t proven himself to be a franchise type player himself.

    • golakeshow

      Lets go Lakers. CP3 and the Black Mamba will be the best guard tandem in NBA history! This will happen. The Lakers have more to offer than the Warriors, Clippers,and Celtics.

    • IAMORANGE4EVER

      *That surely doesn’t give the Lakers much room to fill their roster out

    • http://www.kittywildeonline.com/ RunNGun

      Paul to the Knicks. Make it happen, Walsh!

    • http://Slamonline.com nbk

      The Lakers will be fine with Kobe & Dwight. As long as they are healthy they can compete

    • BoWeezy24

      I Wanna Buy A NYK CP3 Jersey :)

    • Free Speech

      If they trade Chris to any other team apart from New York Knicks or the LA Lakers, then I will know for certain that the league is rigged. The small teams are trying to stop the big players from going to big teams and that is a bad scam, a rip-off, a rig session. I am one of the big financial traders here in New York and I choose what hedge fund I trade for in any given year, we sign a contract and I go on to execute trades for big returns. If I, as a 9-5 top guy get this, why shouldn’t a NBA player (an entertainer) be allowed to go where he want s to work????
      StopTheScam#

    • bashmo

      Paul to Orlando!!!!!

    • http://slamonline.com Allenp

      Orange.
      The Lakers have problems. That’s why they are trying to sign Dwight and hope that he’s enough with Kobe to keep them atop the conference. They are WAY over the salary cap and luxury cap right now and have to find a way to get under before they become “tax repeaters” and pay the really crazy luxury tax penalties.
      But, they have enough assets to convince the Hornet or Magic to make a trade right now, which the Knicks don’t have. And once you make a trade, you can resign your own players even if you go over the salary cap as long as you’re willing to pay the luxury tax. And you can offer those players max deals.
      The Knicks can’t offer a max deal, and won’t be able to sign free agents. That might be a problem. But I can see this conversation is making you angry, so I’ll leave it alone.

    • http://Slamonline.com Kap

      If I’m the Lakers I stay away from Paul and focus on Howard. I don’t trust his health. I would also take the risk of accepting Arenasbin a deal too. I think he could rejuvenate his career playing next to Kobe.

    • http://Slamonline.com Kap

      No way I trade Curry for Paul. Curry has chance to be a top 3 pg in next few years

    • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

      I don’t know how in the hell we could have D-How, Kobe and Arenas on contract while still having any other talent at all on the team. That would certainly mean having no Odom, Metta, Pau or Bynum…. Yikes, I don’t know about that. Although I do like Arenas allot and if he ever can get back to half form then he will be a force again.

    • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

      Why isn’t Gilbert amnestied already???

    • http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine nbk

      Because they still have Turkoglu

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

      Cost of living is higher in NY of course they are gonna take the money. Signing Amare and Melo was a fail, NBK and Allenp? Are youkidding me??? It’s a revival and haters need to accept this is just the start. Chris Paul WILL don a Knicks uniform, if not this year, then next year for sure.

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

      I heard the Warriors and another(I’m forgetting the team) are pursuing Paul, and that Steph Curry might be part of a potential deal.

    • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

      That stupid reasoning imo Gametime. You gotta take less if your serious about winning. NY might be more expensive overall, but only if you choose for it to be. I don’t know how NY will make it happen, but I also think he will be in NY with in 365 days.

    • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

      Warriors, Clippers and Celtics along with LA BlackPhantom.

    • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

      LA meaning Lakers*

    • http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine nbk

      oh yeah because you say so Gametime, not because Logic does, but because you do. The Knicks were in fine shape if they didn’t make the Melo trade and extension in the fashion they did. Amar’e wasn’t a “mistake” as much as it was jumping the gun, and probably overpaying, which was a clear sign of things to come (look at the Melo issue) . They have no prospects other than Iman Shumpert who isn’t a very good prospect to be honest (seriously, he can jump high and is a freak athlete, but is he going to be able to defend at the NBA level and will he be able to actually fit in with the offensive scheme in New York to the point of being an effective playoff starter? Serious concerns from a guy who didn’t even make Georgia Tech better). Landry Fields is expiring and has to be paid. IF you want Chris, you lose Landry. No way around that. So you will have, at the very most, and Chris would have to take a contract STARTING around $11M a SEASON, Melo, Stoudemire, Chris Paul, Toney Douglas & Renaldo Balkman on your roster. ANd you will not be able to afford anything but minimum salary guys after that. Good luck win anything at all.

    • http://slamonline.com Allenp

      I didn’t say signing Amare and Melo was a fail.
      I said giving up all those assets and signing both of them to max deals that made it much more difficult to sign other pieces is a problem.
      They gutted their team for Melo so that he could get a max deal on par with Amare’s when they could have stayed firm and said “We can’t afford to do that and build the team you deserve.”
      If they had said that, they would have still likely gotten him in free agency.
      Amare’s deal was cool, but they still are paying him significantly more than the Heat had to pay Chris Bosh, and for my money Bosh is the superior player.
      This year the Heat will spend $47.5 million on LeBron, Wade and Bosh. The Knicks will spend $36.7 million on Melo and Amare, plus $14 million on Chauncey. When Chauncey comes off the books, they will be spending $40 million on Melo and Amare, while the Heat are spending $52 million on their Big Three.
      That wasn’t the best use of funds. If New York fans are trying to cell CP3 on taking less money because of the endorsements, why didn’t Melo and Amare do the same thing?

    • meloman2.0

      i am orange is the most ignorant comentor on this site… thank god I’m a Melo/ Knicks fan and i don’t have to argue with him

    • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

      I hope he goes to the lakerrs

    • ClydeSays

      Doesn’t the NBA own the Hornets right now? Seems like a conflict of interest that they’d trade away their franchise player….

      That said, if the Clips can make a trade and keep Griffin & Gordon, that would be a good core. A small core, but a good one…

      I can’t see how Ainge gets Paul. He’s have to trade Rondo, plus players & picks. He’s over the cap and needs to fill out half his roster. Seems like a pipe dream….

    • http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine nbk

      The NBA isn’t involved in personnel decisions. They told Dell Demps to run the team as he would for the previous owner and make the same decisions. Except the league is pushing for the Chris Paul trade sooner rather than later so they can get to selling the team.

    • IAMORANGE4EVER

      The commenter at 4:49 calling me ignorant shows he’s likely retarded. That fool said “thank god I’m a Melo/ Knicks fan and i don’t have to argue with him” LMAO! As if I’m not a fan of both the Knicks and Carmelo Anthony. SMH. I will forever love Carmelo Anthony for what he has done (and continues to do) for the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball program. Bottom line, SHUT YOUR MOUTH DOUCHEBAG and use your head for something besides a hat rack.

    • http://slamonline.com Allenp

      I like the Clippers deal the best, although it would be a lot better with Eric Gordon involved. But I can see why the Clips are refusing to include him.
      That would be an undersized by very, VERY potent backcourt. With Blake eating at the trough.
      Hell, if the Cavs amnesty Baron Davis, they might be able to convince him to come back to L.A. to back up CP3. Yeah, that might not work.
      Bill Simmons thinks the Warriors will get Paul.
      People are a LOT higher on Steph Curry than me. If I was going to basically trade Paul straight up for a young guard not named Derrick Rose, it would be Russell Westbrook.

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

      NBK – It is by what I say because I am a Knicks fan and I do like the team as it is constructed now, with Melo and Stat, than I did previously (for years). I understand your LOGIC doesn’t agree much past the finances of fielding such a team, but thats okay, thats YOUR opinion on whats logical or not. My LOGIC, as a fan, is excited no matter what because I DO like the roster from top to bottom and I feel we will be VERY competitive. We’re talking about the Knicks here we’ve sucked and have had salary cap restraints for years. This is becoming an old story. Melo, Stat, and possibly CP3 is a welcome change.

      Allenp – I hear you I wish we didn’t give up so much for Melo.

    • IAMORANGE4EVER

      The 2.0 must be his IQ. He makes the commenter using the pseudonym, RunNGun look like a genius. “Make it happen” lol

    • http://slamonline.com nbk

      He’s saying his view of the Knicks is more realistic then yours, and arguing with you about how good/great they are in reality, compared to your opinion won’t change anything for him. It’s like a guys friend arguing with his daughter about how strong he really is, it’s pointless, the kid is never going to understand what people that weren’t at one point attached to his d*ck already know.

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

      Money money money, can we talk about basketball? Let the front office worry about salary cap and such, I just want a competitive team. Make it happen!

    • Scott

      Bill Simmons has Paul going to Golden State for Curry, Udoh and Thompson. For whatever that is worth.

    • http://slamonline.com nbk

      My logic is based in reality. And has nothing to do with an allegiance to anything. Your OPINION is not based in reality, but in your allegiance to the knicks, and finally seeing them win a playoff game. Cuz that hasn’t happened in a decade. I understand you Knicks fans are happy, but if your expecting Chris Paul, or a championship, you’re only going to be left disappointed.

    • IAMORANGE4EVER

      Either way, the Knicks are in great hands with Smooth as their floor general this season, and if CP3 wants the Knicks, he’ll have to wait until free agency 2012. I’m looking forward to seeing what rookie Iman Shumpert can do as well.

    • http://slamonline.com datkid

      wow…

    • http://slamonline.com nbk

      The best thing the Knicks can do this season is sign grant hill and hope everyone can stay healthy. (Billups, Hill, Melo, Stoudemire, Jefferson) (w/ Fields, Shumpert, Balkman, Turiaf off the bench) that team can probably win a first round series.

    • http://slamonline.com nbk

      Jeffries* not Jefferson. my bad slamily

    • IAMORANGE4EVER

      nbk, is the same cat that said the Lakers could come back and beat the Mavs after the Mavs took the first 3 games. rofl

    • http://slamonline.com Allenp

      Do they start Grant Hill at the two guard? Do they have enough shooters in that lineup to spread the floor?

    • http://Slamonline.com nbk

      No I’m not.

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

      lmao nbk never said that. Even I didn’t say that.

    • http://Slamonline.com nbk

      According to the reportfrom the New York post they told Hill he’d start at the 2

    • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

      I said that….. lol

    • IAMORANGE4EVER

      As long as the Knicks have a healthy big three of Billups, Melo, and Stat all season, come playoff they’ll have a good seed, and go on a deep run. You can’t expect to advance in the playoffs when you lose two of your big three to injury and you’re depth is already thin to begin with. I know this, if Miami’s lost two of their big three after just putting their team together late in the season after a trade for let’s say LeBron, then played the Celtics in round 1, they too would have been fishing after round one.

    • LA Huey

      Historically, Melo, just doesn’t plan to play past the 1st round. That’s why the Knicks got swept.

    • DuckTape The Mob

      Best Trade Proposal I’ve heard – Pau to GS | Curry/Lee to New Orleans | Chris Paul to Lakers

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

      It has always been Chris Paul saying he wasn’t to come here since day one, thats reality. I’m not looking for a championship just yet, that’s what the Yankees are for! That can be disappointing enough.. LOL!

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

      *wants

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

      Allenp even with Grant Hill no I don’t think we have enough shooters per say, but D’Antoni’s system isn’t designed to space the floor with shooters for post up. It’s designed to simply shoot more than the other team. A run’n'gun system that effectively opens up lanes for Stat to go to work, not necessarily on the block. It is a flawed system, raw output vs. efficiency, but it is very effective. I am very interested to see how Melo is truly incorporated into this system. Drafting Shumpert, re-signing Jeffries, and looking at Grant Hill are actually acknowledgments of a need for defense.

    • IAMORANGE4EVER

      The Lakers got swept last season with a full healthy roster, and they even struggled against the Hornets in round one. Their window is obviously closed for winning chips with that roster, hence the Lakers are trying to deal for Howard and Paul, but nobody is really wanting Pau Gasofts’s contract or Bynum’s wounded knees. As for Melo “historically” not getting past round one, that was funny, almost a funny as saying that about KG before he joined the Celtics. Let’s see how Melo and the Knicks do this year, Huey. I know he’ll be in the playoffs…he never misses the real season.

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

      good point homie

    • Jennifer

      I would LOVE to see CP3 and Blake Griffin play on the same team

    • Spades

      Why are people so obsessed with this cripple? His knees are shot up. It’s not worth taking a gamble on an injury-riddled player even if he is an All-Star.

    • http://slamonline.com Allenp

      KG went to the western conference finals as the league MVP in the only year in his prime where he had serious talent around him. Dont ever, EVER compare KG to Melo. KG did so much for that team he was even playing point guard at one point. Melo still doesn’t play consistent defense. Melo has been surrounded by talent his entire career KG has not.

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

      I hear that, KG is the God but he did that in like his 9th year in the league after year after year of being bounced in the first. So people were saying the very same thing about him at one point that people are saying about Melo.

    • ryan

      lakers please….

    • http://slamonline.com datkid

      Iamorangeforever spouting off crazy ish as usual….

    • gaber

      To Bulls for boozer and put rose on SG :)

    • 2dope

      As a C’s fan I want no part of this pre-madonna or his gimpy knees. Rather have Rondo!

    • http://slamonline.com Allenp

      Just for the record
      Chris Paul has played 78 or more games like four times in his six year career.
      One other year he played 64 and the injury year he played 45.
      Last year, coming back from a serious knee injury, he came back and put up 16 and 10. There is no reason to believe that after an entire year of recuperation, he won’t be back to his form pre-injury.

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