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Hornets aren't done pleasing CP3 yet

Posted on: September 7, 2010 12:49 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2010 12:51 pm
Posted by Royce Young

It's pretty obvious that the Hornets' offseason moves this summer were done for a pretty specific reason - to keep Chris Paul happy. The acquisition of swingman Trevor Ariza and then a deal to bring in shooting guard Marco Belinelli were both accomplished after reports of Paul's unhappiness surfaced.

And according to head coach Monty Williams, the Hornets might not be finished competing for CP3's heart.

“My gut feeling is that we are not done yet," Williams told the Times-Picayune. ”Dell and I share information on both sides. I talk to him about players and he talks to me about things we can do. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why we work so well together."

Granted, a lot of people pull the "We're not done yet!" card. Everyone is looking to improve if the opportunity presents itself. But the Hornets will actually be called on it if they're bluffing.

Some have mentioned New Orleans being a destination for Carmelo Anthony, though it's unlikely. I'm teaming with Chris Paul is intriguing, but it's not the market he wants and the Hornets probably don't have the assets to complete a trade with the Nuggets.

And while Williams talks about more players, the reality is the current Hornets roster might just be good enough for a playoff birth if everyone starts playing to their capability. Already in place is the best point guard in the league, plus a rising scorer in Marcus Thornton, then the addition of a quality defender and scorer Trevor Ariza. Add in David West who is an all-star caliber power forward and then center Emeka Okafor who has underachieved and that's a nice starting five.

Obviously a higher caliber scorer would be on the wish list, but as it stands, there's not really a clear cut hole in the first five. Okafor has been a disappointment for the most part, but he's definitely a capable player. Plus, he didn't have the luxury of playing with Chris Paul for the entire season. Do the Hornets need to make a few more moves? Of course. They need a new backup for Paul, a reliable bench scorer and a couple secondary big men. They aren't good enough right now to be a real contender. But are they that far off? Surprisingly, probably not.


Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2010 2:08 am

Hornets aren't done pleasing CP3 yet

My point is that Paul knows he is not winning a title in N'Orleans, and knows it!  He wants out of the small market team, they just don't have the same type of money to play with!

Just like Lebron knew that even with a 60 win team, they were not going to be good enough to beat the Celtics, none the less the Lakers.  And the Cavs did not have the money to sign any free agents to improve the team, so LeBronze bolted to play with two other SUPERSTARS!!!  Lebron, Bosh, and Wade did it for the MONEY?  How do you figure?  it is estimated that combined the players left a combined 60 million dollars on the table by signing together and for less money. 

And Chicago is a good team but they are still undersized up front, can't bang with the Celtics, Magic, or Lakers.  They still have significant holes on the team at shooting guard, and bench production to be addressed.  And if you thought Lebron was going to Chicago and have to deal with the constant comparison to MJ.  YOU ARE CRAZY!!

And yes, i believe that each superstar saw the options that were available to them and put a championship first.  Everyone knows that for the past three years, as well as the next 3 years.  The NBA Chapionship WILL GO THROUGH LA!!  No matter what scenario you can think of, none would have worked out better in Miami. 

Think about it, you are playing with two additional SUPERSTARS, You do not have to pay state tax, you get to play for a large market team in Miami.  And you are already considered the favorite by some people to win an NBA championship not just this year, but for many years to come...

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2010 12:17 am

Hornets aren't done pleasing CP3 yet

LakersFan, from a fellow purple-n-gold fan, I'm not sure what your point is. No team wins an NBA title without multiple stars (usually a trio). Do you really think LBJ-Bosh-Wade needed to team up to win a title? Wade did it with Shaq. Don't you think an LBJ-Amare combo would have been effective? Or even just LBJ-Bosh (or Wade-Bosh).

In the end, I think the move was only partly to chase the title. I think in the end it comes down to $$$, as does most things. Florida doesn't have a personal income tax... Yeah, these guys are rich, but it's still about getting paid. If it was about a title, Chicago would have been the better choice for LBJ-Bosh. You get a top 5 PG (Rose) and a support cast to go along with studs.

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2010 11:28 pm

Hornets aren't done pleasing CP3 yet

Why would you not want to keep your star player happy?  Do you relieve how much the Hornets needs Chris Paul to be on board this season?  The Hornets management is doing and saying exactly what they are supposed to.  That is build a championship caliber team,  not everyone can sign three all-stars in one off-season to put the team back on the map.  

Even if the Hornets already know that they are going to trade Paul, they are not going to get fair market value if he is demanding a trade.  Realistically, if you are not the Lakers, Celtics, Magic, Thunder, or Heat you might as well try and stay under the salary cap, and develop some young talent.  Unfortunately, that is the state of the NBA next year, you are either conteding for a title, or you are dumping salaries to stay under the salary cap. 

This reminds me of when MJ and the Bulls ruled the league, superstars then knew they were not going to  win a title unless they teamed up.  Just like the Lakers, this up coming year, Lebron, Bosh, and Dwayne knew they were not going to win it on there own so they teamed up.  I think it will make things at least a little interesting next year.


Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 5:05 pm

Hornets aren't done pleasing CP3 yet

solid point guard play,you must be kidding.Derek Fisher might be ranked dead last at his position in the entire NBA.Kobe ,Gasol and Bynum make the Lakers a great team.Point guard is their weakest position.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2010 12:37 pm

Hornets aren't done pleasing CP3 yet

Jim F 13's comments could not be more on point! I attempted to say much the same thing in responding to Ken Berger's recent article on the Nuggets and Carmelo. In an attempt to retain your franchise player, the Hornets (and for that matter, the Nuggets) should avoid the past mistakes of a Cleveland (Jamison) or Toronto (Hedo). Looking at the successful rebuilding programs in recent years, there has been one constant key component, i.e., obtaining and retaining salary cap flexibility. Even though NO can be competive now, it's highly unlikely that any moves NO makes can turn it into a true championship contender. Focus on the longer term picture and stay the course, with or without Chris Paul. Obviously, it would be best if NO can retain Chris but  if not, trade him for the best package of young talent, salary space and/or draft picks and move on.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 9:49 am

Hornets aren't done pleasing CP3 yet

GaDog, I would argue that the Laker move was firstly a good move for the team- a no brainer that any GM with a brain would make. Secondary to this it pleased Kobe. But the move was not primarily just to please Kobe: it made sense.

Compare that to Toronto, Cleveland trying to pacify Lebron and Bosh- some of their moves have been "the pressure to do something to keep their stars happy" moves. Now New Orleans is joining that club: Let's do something so we can keep Paul happy.

The moves NO have been making in no way compare to the Laker's move.

The point is GM's must maintain control over decision making. If in their heart of hearts they feel it is a good move- pull the trigger! But don't meet with your star listen to them whine and then go out and make deals to pacify the whining. The end result will suck!

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 1:04 am

Hornets aren't done pleasing CP3 yet

Not sure CP3 is the "best point guard" in the league. For my money, I'd rather ahve Utah's Deron Williams. Dave West is a nice piece, but I'd say he's better as a SF than PF. Doesn't have the size. Okafor? na-da. Ariza? na-da. Hornets can't get to 50 wins with that roster. 50-wins is what it'll take to make the playoffs in the Wild Western Conference. CP3 knows the roster needs a big-time scorer. He won't be with NO long.

Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2010 9:54 pm

Hey Monty, don't forget to cup the balls...

This NBA off season has left a sour taste in my mouth and I'm assuming there's alot more people out there that feel the same way.  Never have I seen so many "Look At Me" attitudes, it's like the NBA has become a North Texas Pre School Beauty Pagent.  So why don't I grab coach Williams a towel for when CP3 finishes up, and then he can make Paul some pancakes and hope that he stays around for a while.

Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2010 9:11 pm

Hornets aren't done pleasing CP3 yet

I agree with the origional post.  The Lakers did go out and get Pau Gasol, but at the time he was a top 10 forward in the game.  Look at him now.  He's arguablly the best PF in the game today.  Important to note that the Laker's success has been as much about clutch PG play, solid bench, and of course Kobe Bryant.  Kobe Bryant has a team around him, which is why it works well. 

Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2010 4:26 pm

Hornets aren't done pleasing CP3 yet

It sure worked for the lakers. Your logic is flawed my freind.

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