Posted by Royce Young
Chris Paul is meeting with the Hornets Monday to discuss his situation, the team's vision and where he fits in with all that. That still doesn't mean he doesn't want a trade.
An article from the Times-Picayune today quotes a source close to Paul and offers some insight as to why CP3 is looking elsewhere.
“No one from our camp has said that Chris demanded a trade,’’ the Paul confidante said Thursday to the Picayune. ”But they (Hornets) have not put themselves in position to win this season. We have the same team as last year, basically. The only thing that matters to Chris is winning.’’
While the source said it, we all already know why Paul wants out. Reportedly, CP3 is growing more agitated watching guys like Matt Barnes, Mike Miller and Shaq sign elsewhere. Mentioned later in the article is another quote from the source: “Are they even calling guys and trying to get them to play? We would have loved to hear that Mike had narrowed his choices down to the Hornets and Heat. But we’re never in the running for players.“
What's most interesting is that there's really no denial involved. The person close to Paul never says CP3 doesn't want out. Typicaly, that sort of stuff happens. But not in this case. For instance, the parting quote: “Chris is still true to his words that New Orleans is his first choice, but if they are not committed to winning in the 2010-11 season, he would be open to a trade,” the source told the paper. "The Hornets have not put any pieces around him this summer to make him think otherwise.’’
Monday's meeting could likely be the hammer that nails something down either way. Paul will either come out relieved, encouraged and motivated, or he'll leave saying he's got to get out. At this point, signs are pointing to the latter. Then it'll be a question as to if the Hornets will oblige him in his request.