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Report: Chris Paul prefers Orlando

Posted on: July 24, 2010 1:16 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2010 1:18 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The Chris Paul situation is heating up. He has a meeting with the team Monday that could influence him to stay or maybe to go. And now there's a report telling the world where he wants to be: Orlando.

Chris Broussard of ESPN reports the Magic have emerged as Paul's top preferred destination, supplanting the New York Knicks. In the story, Broussard mentions that while the Knicks are still high on Paul's list, he believes the Magic would be a better fit. Plus, CP3 also realizes Orlando has much more to offer New Orleans in a trade and thus believes it's a more realistic destination than New York,

CP3's desire to play in New York is largely tied to Carmelo Anthony and the chance to form a new Big 3 in the Big Apple with Amar'e Stoudemire. But that's not a guaranteed situation, especially with reports indicating Anthony prefers to re-sign with Denver. On top of that, the Knicks probably will be able to present the least attractive offer to the Hornets. Ken Berger's original report mentioned the Hornets would want to move Emeka Okafor with Paul, and if the Knicks took back Okafor, they wouldn't have the cap space to sign Anthony anyway in 2011.

Paul does have two years left on his contract so the Hornets don't have to move him by any means. But the team understands the predicament its star is in and realizes the unwanted situation new coach Monty Williams would have starting his coaching career with an unhappy star.

That's why the Hornets may indeed decide to trade Paul. But New Orleans would not limit itself to the four clubs on Paul's list, Broussard points out. Instead, the Hornets would look for the best deal for its franchise, according to his sources.

Currently the four teams Paul reportedly prefers are the Knicks, the Magic, the Mavericks and the Trail Blazers. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported on Friday that Paul's agent Leon Rose reached out to all four teams this week. The Bobcats and Nets have also made inquiries about packaging a deal for CP3.

If Monday's meeting doesn't go well for the Paul camp, there are teams lined up ready to pony up just about anything to grab CP3. This thing is getting good. Well, that is unless you're a Hornets fan.


Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2010 12:10 pm

Report: Chris Paul prefers Orlando

What a surprise. Another athlete that's crying over something. Your life is made. You're mad you didn't get in on the Miami Heat train ride. Whatever, I have no sympathy, your life is set. I wouldn't want CP3 if I was the Magic. He faded a bit last year anyway. It's a good way to lose respect as a true gamer. Paul is still very much a baller and a great player, but I can't stand this.

Paul is a crybaby now. And he only sheds that label if he goes to the Magic and IF the Magic win a title, so I guess he's a crybaby, that ain't happenin folks.

Since: Mar 22, 2010
Posted on: July 25, 2010 11:52 am

Report: Chris Paul prefers Orlando

I could go on but I don't want to embarrass you.

That sentence needs a comma as well, Cosmo. You have two independent clauses being joined by the conjunction "and"; therefore, it is necessary to put a comma after "on".

Dude, nobody gives a crap about grammar on a sports message board. Pick your battles.

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2010 11:51 am

Report: Chris Paul prefers Orlando

The gratitude from the owners comes in the form of millions and millions of dollas to these players over the course of their contract.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2010 11:48 am

Report: Chris Paul prefers Orlando

I've seen on this thread over and over that CP3 should remain loyal to his contract and the New Orleans franchise. I agree that he did sign a contract and does owe it to the fans to stay put. However, karma is a bad mama jamma. The Hornets organization basically held the city of Charlotte hostage for 2 seasons and then ripped the heart out of the city when they decided to leave. They played us for a fool (at the time I was a resident of Charlotte). How ironic that I now live in Orlando and find myself liking the Magic more and more each season (I'm still a Bobcat fan first). So to CP3 I say come on over!! I feel sorry for the fans of New Orleans but I hope he sticks that dagger right the heart of upper management. Who's laughing now? Everybody that was a diehard fan of the CHARLOTTE Hornets!!

Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2010 11:21 am

Report: Chris Paul prefers Orlando

Name 2 or 3 players from the Knicks that 1. The Knicks are willing to give up and 2. are better then the current Hornet players they would have to cut to make room.

Least with Orlando they can get Nelson or Carter or both. Plus if they get Carter they will have the salary cap room to get a free agent next season.

Danilo Gallinari : 22 years old 15 PPG 5 RB
Wilson Chandler: 23 years old 15 PPG 5 RB's and plays defense
Anthony Randolph: 20 years old 11.5 PPG 6.5 RB's 1.5 Blocks in 23 minutes! (can play pretty much every position)
Eddy Curry: Salary cap relief

Who would be beter at the 2,3,4 for the Hornets? David West yes, but he will be a FA next year. Gallinari is a budding star, and so will be Randolph.

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2010 10:10 am

Report: Chris Paul prefers Orlando

CP3 is just another example of the latest punk who thinks he's bigger than the game.  I call this the "Yankees" syndrome.  I can't win where I'm at quick, so I'll just go where all the other "stars" are, create an AllStar team, win a chumpionship and think I really did something amazing.....

These guys are posers....Cry

Since: Jul 25, 2010
Posted on: July 25, 2010 10:06 am

Report: Chris Paul prefers Orlando

There are two huge differences between all of the major U.S sports contracts and all other contracts written between employer and employee. First, is that the employer in a sport doesn't have to honor the contract. He can trade players or simply terminate them, usually " at will". Secondly, and most importantly, no business in the U.S besides the sport franchises have a constitutional exemption to hold a draft. Please remember that these player have very little say in what team gets the right to sign them when they turn pro.  

Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: July 25, 2010 9:03 am

Report: Chris Paul prefers Orlando

Chris Paul is an exception,,,one of the few exceptions when it comes to demanding a trade. If it was someone else, we wouldn't be reading about this. I can't say I blame CP3 for wanting out, take a look at the Hornets, where exactly are they going in 5 yrs? Definitely not gonna win a championship with the other Big 3 in Miami locked up for 5yrs. If I was CP3 and I am going to get paid regardless where I go, I would want a little cherry on top to keep my life interesting and that cherry on top is a ring. Money (contract) first, than ring second.......that's just the way it is in the NBA now. Nothing wrong with that, espicially if you are the top 10 player in the NBA.

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2010 5:52 am

Report: Chris Paul prefers Orlando

Come on your self man. First off chris pual is better then deron. yes hes been injured a lot and deron is proving quite durable but paul si the better player. i mean he brought new orleans to a two seed two years ago with nothing. he has made david west an all star. he will prove to be better once he is healthy this year and surronded by a real team. their in real financial turmoil over there and they somehow have not gotten better through the draft as they have no picks or have misused them. or both. i cant figure it out. but they are not giving paul a reason to believe they want to win. a trade to a contender is reasonable or they better surrond him with some nice young talent fast. paul will win a title before deron. bet on it. in fact if he goes to orlando i actually think orlando will become the top dog again in the east.

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: July 25, 2010 3:34 am

Report: Chris Paul prefers Orlando

I am not the most savvy when it comes to the NBA salary cap; nor do I try or care to. I am interested in knowing from the people who follow this NBA rumor mill and are proficient on how the whole matching salaries thing works.

What do the Mavs have to trade for Paul and what do you think they are willing to offer or give up to get him?
I know Mark Cuban would love to be a player in this whole Chris Paul trade thing, and I myself would like it if he stayed in the West.

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