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CP3 isn't the first to ask for a way out

Posted on: July 26, 2010 8:41 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2010 8:42 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Chris Paul publicly backed off any trade demands today in a statement via the team and Twitter. He said the meeting went well and hoped to spend his whole career in New Orleans.

OK then, that wraps it up. Let's go home boys.

Or not. As Ken Berger reports , most of that stuff is probably just positive PR spin and the trade discussions will rage on. And plus, the NBA frowns upon this sort of thing so much that, it fines players that announce trade desires publicly. So it's in CP3's best interest to play it cool and keep quiet, even if he's dying to break loose of NOLA.

The thing is, CP3 is far from the first that's wanted out. Some have already drawn comparisons to Kobe Bryant's Laker saga from two years ago where he wanted out of Los Angeles and was very nearly dealt to the Bulls. But as is the same with Paul, the Lakers had the trump card because Kobe was still under contract and LA didn't HAVE to do anything.

But other than Kobe, who else has asked out? What other situations are there that are at least somewhat similar to CP3?
  • One of the more famous example and honestly, maybe most relative to CP3 was Charles Barkley's trade demand in 1992. The team that drafted him, the 76ers, had just missed the playoffs with a 35-47 record. Barkley was upset and asked out. The team obliged and he was shipped to Phoenix. Barkley then asked again for a trade, as he was seeking one last shot at a title. Before the 1996-97 season, Barkley demanded a trade to the Rockets, who already had Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. He got the deal, but not the ring.
  • Stephen Jackson demanded a trade from Golden State in 2009 and was fined $25,000 for his public statements. He said he was fed up and added, "I mean, you gotta hear it some way. You want me to send you an e-mail, Facebook or something? I'm a grown man, I have six kids, I'm married now, so I speak my mind. I thought I had freedom of speech but obviously I don't." Jackson was shortly traded to Charlotte.
  • In 2007, Nazr Mohammed then with the Pistons basically just said trade me or play me. He backed off the demands but was eventually traded to New Orleans. And we all continue to chuckle at the fact Nazr Mohammed once demanded a trade.
  • In 2008, Devean George - yes, Devean George - wanted a trade out of Dallas. He called on the same line as many others: trade me or play me. Eventually the Mavs brokered a deal with New Jersey to bring Jason Kidd to Dallas, but because it was going to cost him money, George vetoed it. George didn't get traded but as you can see, as drifted off into NBA obscurity. 
There's certainly precedent set for Paul in asking for a way out. In mosy cases, the team ends up obliging the request because of chemistry fears and it's never good to have a disgruntled player. That doesn't mean Paul will end up leaving NOLA, but if we learned anything here today, it's that CP3 isn't the first to ask for a way out and he won't be the last.

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