Chris Paul, Hornets to Meet on Monday

by July 23, 2010

The frustrated CP3 and his people will listen to New Orleans explain why he should stick around town, aside from the simple fact that he’s contractually obligated to do so. From the Times-Picayune: “Chris Paul may be following the script of good friend LeBron James’ exit strategy in Cleveland. Although Paul has two years remaining on his contract before he can opt out of his deal with the New Orleans Hornets, his new agent, Leon Rose, who also represents James, is gauging interest from various teams that could seek to obtain Paul in a trade, according to league sources. Rose has had preliminary discussions with the Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks about Paul, a three-time All-Star, according to league sources. During the past several weeks, Paul has expressed concern about the Hornets’ ability to acquire the pieces to win an NBA championship. Earlier this month, he urged the Hornets to become active players in free agency, but the re-signing of backup center Aaron Gray last Thursday is the team’s only move. A source close to Paul said the point guard remains frustrated with the team’s direction. ‘No one from our camp has said that Chris demanded a trade,’ a Paul confidante said Thursday. ‘But they (Hornets) have not put themselves in position to win this season. We have the same team as last year, basically. The only thing that matters to Chris is winning.’’’