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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: May 2, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2010 12:27 am

Report: Chris Paul prefers Orlando

I love the idea of super teams because it's such a great setup for the under dog hoosiers/rocky type story. How great would it be to see Sloan and the Jazz beat the Heat in seven games with fundamentals, excellent coaching/game planning, execution, all out defense and hustle other words old school basketball.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2010 10:57 pm

Report: Chris Paul prefers Orlando

 This proves once & for all no one wants to play in the so-called mecca
except amare who picked the knicks due to the fact they were the only
boneheads to give him all those years.... What's the sense of getting
under the cap when they will just end up repeating history ... The
Knicks are becomming the Clippers of the east....

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2010 10:46 pm

Team talent includes management

There is a concept that collecting a cast of good-to-excellent players is sufficient to win in the NBA. It may be enough to win in the regular season but in the playoffs it is insufficient to advance. Except for two years ago, Denver is a case in point. Same for Cleveland. The Hornets have gone even worse by collecting a team of mostly below-average players and failing to make the playoffs at all. I feel for the Hornet fans who have seen a brief period of hope and now dismay over their team's decline.

The team talent must also include management. Players have no say in the selecting of draft picks, the signing of free agents and the players traded for. Players have no say in the hiring and firing of coaches. When the chemistry is not working, when the draft picks are consistenty misused, when the free agent signings are not working and have major long-term contracts making them untradable the star player can only watch and spin his wheels. Players at that level are ultracompetitive. They want and need to have an opportunity to compete for a championship. It is the carrot - the brass ring - the reward for the long extra hours they invest to become great. When managment consistently gets there selections wrong there is frustration for being denied the chance to collect that reward.

Chris Paul is a past 1st team All-NBA. He has played at a very high level. He has invested himself in his community. He has done the extras. But he is not competing for the reward. He is surrounded by mediocre talent even though he consistenly raises the level of play of his teammates. 1st round draft picks since Paul was selected #4 in 2005: are Cedric Simmons (2.2 pts 1.9 RB), Hilton Armstrong (3.4 pts 2.6 RB) , Julian Wright (4.0 Pts, 2.3 RB), Darrell Arthur (5.2 Pts, 4.2 RB) , Darren Collison (12.4 pts 5.4 Ast) and Cole Aldridge (rookie) (career averages follow names).  The Arthur pick was sold to Portland for $3M (which went to the owner) and subsequently traded by Portland draft day for Nicolas Batum, a special player. Collison is a fine young point guard but he plays the same position as Paul. Aldridge was traded on draft day for Craig Brakens and Quincy Poindexter. But Aldridge was a 1st team All-American preseason last year. Brakens and Poindexter were nice college players who may struggle to provide toughness, defense and the ability to get their own shots in the NBA. Aldridge was exactly what New Orleans needed as a big man who plays outstanding defense and rebounding. He is what Simmons, Armstrong and Arthurs were not as big men. Free agents Posey and Stojakovic, Brown, Peterson, have all produced well below the NBA average (15) in PER. The management has shown themselves incapable. The owners have shown themselves unwilling to build the team which is on the decline and Chris Paul is wasted there.

It appears that with a new coach and new GM and perhaps soon, a new owner the Hornets are in dire need to rebuild. They need to trade Paul and David West and start over with the few young talented players they can develop. Paul should return some good additional young talent and help remove the dreadful contracts of Okafor and perhaps a few other mediocre players. Loyalty works both ways. A team that does not try to put their best team possible on the floor has broken faith with their superstar. Chris Paul's friends are only pointing out the obvious in suggesting he be traded (no public statement to that effect from Paul). It is time to move on.

Since: Apr 25, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2010 10:34 pm

Report: Chris Paul prefers Orlando

I'm sick of deep pocket owners who are jerks when it comes to acknowledging they owe players and fans big time for helping them make hundreds of millions of dollars just for owning a sports team, and I'm tiring of "twits" (i.e. players who can't shut up online) who don't honour contracts just because they want to win. Sure they're in a media saturated, ego-feeding world that makes them think they are larger than life, but man, pro sports is getting so brutally far from the working stiff world most of us live in. I admit I'm a sports fan who likes being entertained by athletes who excel at what they do, but they're just playing a freakin' game and eventually gotta realize that. I'd like to see these self-serving primas digging a ditch or flippin' burgers for a living so they could see how far their ego, "desire to win," and "just doin' what's best for their family" agenda takes them. I was honestly embarrasssed watching Chris Bosh scream into the air during their Miama vice gong show; it showed me he has allowed himself to become everything he should not want to become - an (admittedly high-flying) member of a freakshow who still has to go home and try to sleep with himself at night. Sure he and other clones like him have millions and millions to sleep on, but how the hell do these guys face themselves in the mirror every day? Must be lonely on the inside.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2010 10:07 pm

Report: Chris Paul prefers Orlando

Sad state of affairs in the NBA that players don't respect their contracts. When will a team finally show some backbone and hold players to the contracts they signed???

Clearly, the NBA system doesn't work presently.

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2010 8:43 pm

Report: Chris Paul prefers Orlando

Yeah, well quit being a *ick about spelling Cosmo. It's a sports board not a grammar class. And there is a "d" in the word I used in the sentence, "quit being a ..... about spelling Cosmo." I'll let you figure out where it goes.

If this were a grammar class, you would fail.  See how I used the comma?  See how I didn't start this sentence with the word "And"?  I could go on but I don't want to embarrass you.  You remind me of the poor man that says, "Money isn't everything."  Keep telling yourself it's alright to sound like an idiot just because your audience is full of idiots.  That's a good plan.


Since: Aug 11, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2010 7:46 pm

Report: Chris Paul prefers Orlando

What happened to the owners being grateful? Everyone wants to say players sell out stadiums; I say bull crap winning sells out stadiums. What these young self serving men are really doing is making the NBA into no more than a handful of teams. It will be nice seeing 10 teams play a 82 game schedule.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2010 6:51 pm

Report: Chris Paul prefers Orlando

New Orleans can get 2 or 3 good, young inexpensive players from the Knicks or another team and payroll relief.
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.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2010 6:44 pm

Report: Chris Paul prefers Orlando

Maybe it's me but I think it s a good thing the guys atleast willing to say he unhappy so New Orleans can get something for him. He could pull a Lebron, or do what Carmelo gonna do this next season, and give up on them his last two seasons and then just walk away and leave New Orleans high and dry. Least this way New Orleans gets to bring in players that they can build a future on instead of wasting two seasons for nothing.

Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2010 6:35 pm

Report: Chris Paul prefers Orlando

How do the Magic have the most to give the Hornets? They have 2 assets to trade, Jameer Nelson, who they won't want because of Darren Collison, and Rashad Lewis who is owed 65 Million dollars. New Orleans can get 2 or 3 good, young inexpensive players from the Knicks or another team and payroll relief.

   I understand the media, Paul and the league wants him to go to Orlando, but I just don't see a match with them. It is the NBA however, and it seems they make the rules as they go.

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