Posted by Royce Young
Chris Paul met with the Hornets earlier today to discuss his future with the team. Despite what might come of it, it's pretty certain that CP3 wants out and the Hornets want to keep him.
Following the meeting, Paul's folks issued this statement through the team which was also posted on CP3's Twitter :
“The meeting went well. It was great to get an opportunity to sit down with Coach Williams, President Weber and our new General Manager Dell Demps. I expressed my desire to win and I like what they said about the direction that they want to take the team. I have been a Hornet my entire career and I hope to represent the city of New Orleans and state of Louisiana for many years to come.” Nothing surprising from that statement. Paul is far too conscious if the image issue it would create in publically demanding a trade. He remained positive and "hoped" to represent New Orleans for many years to come. It read as a nicely spun statement that neither confirmed nor denied any of the reports. Had CP3 definitively said, "I want to stay in New Orleans" or "I would prefer to look at my options" then we'd have a better idea.
But like I said, CP3 isn't going to start that type of public campaign. Of course, indications are the meeting went well and it's entirely possible Paul was completely encouraged and energized from it. Does that mean he'll be wearing No. 3 for NOLA this October? Yet to be determined.