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Report: Chris Paul wants to be traded to New York

Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:31 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 4:38 pm
Posted by Royce Young

And... it's on. Again. Last year it was Melodrama, now it's CP3-drama. According to Yahoo! Sports, Chris Paul's agent informed the New Orleans Hornets that his client will not sign an extension and wants to be traded to the New York Knicks.

Later Thursday, The Times-Picayune reported that "two league sources" issued a denial of the report, saying that Paul "has not demanded a trade" to the Knicks.

The frustration in New Orleans isn't exactly new news, except for the part that Paul wants a trade. A few days ago there was word CP3 wanted to play in New York. Then there was the stuff about Carmelo Anthony wanting him in New York. And then there was the stuff about Isiah Thomas working behind the scenes to get him to the Big Apple. Also, don't forget CP3 toasted at Melo's wedding last summer to a "new Big 3" in New York.

And this won't be the last we hear of it either. Until he's dealt, it'll be this stuff day in, and day out.

This comes just a day after Paul said, "Right now, my heart is in New Orleans." Mmmhmm. Sure it is. Doesn't mean his basketball playing body will be in a few weeks though.

This whole thing is complicated. First, the NBA owns the Hornets still. They very desperately want to keep them in New Orleans. But without Chris Paul, that prospect becomes a lot more difficult. It's hard to imagine the NBA bailing on CP3 and therefore, the Hornets. I mean, how incredible is it that all that competitive balance stuff the league supposedly was battling for is hitting them right in the face as the star of the team they own wants to leave. Unreal.

You know, it wouldn't surprise me if David Stern and Adam Silver said, "Screw it," and blew this tentative CBA up to get rid of this sign-and-trade nonsense. (That's just a joke, everybody. I hope.)

Secondly, the Knicks don't really have the assets necessary to pull off this deal. What's left to offer after the Carmelo Anthony trade gutted them? Ronny Turiaf, Chauncey Billups and cash considerations probably isn't really doing it for Dell Demps and the Hornets. Especially there are other reported deals on the table like Rajon Rondo and whatever the Clippers might be offering (Eric Gordon?).

The Hornets clearly don't want to be left empty-handed as they watch Paul walk about in 2012. Ken Berger of was the first to report Paul's interest in leaving the Hornets last summer, with him looking at destinations like Los Angeles, New York and Orlando. Paul said last summer that he would like to be traded if the Hornets weren't committed to building a championship squad. With David West likely leaving in free agency and the financial situation in New Orleans fairly dire, it's hard ot imagine the Hornets building a roster that would please CP3. The earlier the Hornets deal CP3, the more they can get back. But if Paul limits his options to just New York, that sort of handcuffs the Hornets.

What it would come down to is the Hornets evaluating whether or not dealing Paul to someone for a season would be worth it. As in, a team would give up assets and young players for Paul for a season without the guarantee he would re-sign. Probably better than what the Hornets would get from the Knicks.

According to the report, CP3 has also reached out to Dwight Howard about figuring a way for the two to play together. In New York, that's impossible. Really, the best opportunity for that might be for Paul to wait until 2012 and just sign with the Magic. But the Hornets won't wait that long. And the Magic don't really have the assets to pull off a worthy deal. Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick fire you up, New Orleans?

If CP3 were to opt out of the last year of his contract and become a free agent in 2012, he could sign a max four-year, $74 million deal with another team. The Knicks currently would have enough salary-cap room to offer him a four-year, $55.5 million contract with a starting salary of $13 million. Would he be willing to take that kind of paycut? Obviously a sign-and-trade is what he really wants, but again, who do the Knicks have to deal?

Paul may want a deal to the Knicks, but the Knicks gave everything away to get Carmelo. New York wouldn't have much room to sign anything other than veteran minimum players and a mid-level guy if CP3 were to go to the Knicks, but it sure would be an interesting team.

Paul said Thursday at the Hornets practice facility, "I don’t think about it to tell you the truth." He might not be thinking about it, but he's making a whole lot of others do that.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:37 pm

Report: Chris Paul wants to be traded to New York

If by Ghetto boy you mean a graduate of Wake Forrest then you are correct.  If by letting the players return to the Ghetto, you mean let them return to the suburbs where their mostly well income earning parents and their useful college educations can allow them to be successful then by all means your correct.  The majority of the NBA is not from the "ghetto" as you put it, they just happen to play basketball.  Are there some thugs in the NBA, yes there are BUT along the same lines, are there some thugs in any other sport, YES THERE ARE!  Take it a step closer, are there some THUGS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?  I guess that means your from the ghetto too huh since every neighborhood has kids who sag their pants, have tattoo's and curse.  Dont make this a race or a ghetto issue because athlete's decide to make a decision on their career and demand a trade, which by the way he said he didnt do and the reports are false! 

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:45 am

Report: Chris Paul wants to be traded to New York

It's hardly been a week since the agreement to play a shortened season and all of this shit hits the fan with players saying "I don't want to play here" and "I want to play in New York". And you're glad to see that the NBA is back??? I say we nix the entire league...let the players return to the ghetto and just let them have pick-up games all the time so that they can actually pick who they want on their team. Paul might be a great player but the NBA and the rest of you gung-ho fans are putting him and the rest of the players on a pedestal from society. The players are just ghetto boyz that happen to be taller than the average Joe and have nothing better to do than to skip school and play basketball all day long and yet they feel that they are worth millions of dollars and can demand when and how they will be traded. sure is nice to hear this shit all over again!

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:38 am

Report: Chris Paul wants to be traded to New York

lindro99...  The league has always been like this, just one-sided. The owners don't give a damn about loyalty when it comes to cutting or trading a player. The owners do what's in their best interest to win, and it's business as usual. But when the player does what's in their best interest to win, they're labled as disloyal, a cry-baby, or whatever else anyone can think of to describe their so-called selfish actions. The owners created this beast. Just like they created the lockout disaster. 

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:31 am

Report: Chris Paul wants to be traded to New York

JJfails..  Did you know 6 of the richest people of the world are not white, and would be considered minorities in the United States? Of course you didn't. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:58 am

Report: Chris Paul wants to be traded to New York

phade2black I can answer your question.  Black people don't have the money that white people do

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:54 am

Report: Chris Paul wants to be traded to New York

Paul, Carmelo, D Wade, LeBron etc etc etc etc need to use their bargaining power to secure a Black owned and operated NBA franchise. Since many of the league's present and past stars have been arguably, majority African-American, it's astonishing to me that there have been few minority owners of NBA teams, NFL, MLB etc etc etc !

If these atheletes are so valuable, then why not use that bargaining chip to secure ownership down the road of an NBA franchise. The Hornets are now beign run by the league so why don't these guys negotiate a deal that down the road would allow for them to own a team once their playing days are over.

I think if memory serves, Jordan and Magic are the only 2 former NBA stars who own or own part of a franchise in a league that their talent along with many other African-American stars catapulted to the money maker that we now see yet these Black players are only getting a small fraction when compared to the whole pie in terms of money !

Why buy the cow if I can get the milk for free ! NBA owners who are willng to pay a player $13, $14, $15 or $20 M or more per year are obviously reaping some great revenue from their team ownership.
If these players are talented enough to help the NBA thrive and make billions then it stands to reason that they also deserve a shot at full ownersip ! 

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:53 am

Report: Chris Paul wants to be traded to New York

This officially is the worst group of comments i have ever read. One guy telling another he's a frustrated white guy with no talent who hates to see a black athlete using his power. Unless thevauthor of that post is Chris Paul himself, I'm gonna guess the writer of that comment hasn't accomplished much athletically either and is somehow making it a race issue. The problem is players can't wait until they arevactually free agents to move teams, because they want the max deal they get for staying loyal tonth team that drafted them, without the loyal part. It's ludicrous. As a knicks fan I'd like to have Chris Paul, but as a human being I hate the direction this league has gone. Players forcing there teams to make complicated 3 or 4 team deals just to avoid a pouting superstar from playing out he deal he signed, and then being left with nothing. As for the "only class organizations win titles" excluding the Knicks. What actually makes an organization classy? Great comment, I will guess the genius behind that comment must be lucky to live in a city that happens to have a class organization. Idiots!

Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:32 am

Report: Chris Paul wants to be traded to New York

This baby was crying before the lock-out and he hasn't missed a beat whining his fat little head off since the lock-out ended.  The nerve of this joker, with all of his petulant demands in an economic climate like we have today, just shows what a selfish, ego-centric phony this guy really is.  So sorry the Hornets haven't put enough talcum powder in his diapers to go along with the millions of dollars that they are paying him.  He doesn't deserve to play in a city as cool as New Orleans and in front of people who truly understand the meaning of the blues. 

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:25 am

Report: Chris Paul wants to be traded to New York

I understand the great points that technically the Knicks can't, shouldn't, and won't sign CP3. But I am a Knick fan til the day I die and I would love to see Chris Paul in aKnicks uniform. The guy is a great player and made a crappy team like the Hornets competitive vs the Lakers in the playoffs. I know the Knicks are no longer Charles Oakley, Derek Harper, and Patrick-which I really miss, but Chris Paul is a great player. It's too bad it could become a reality. Just my two cents... Thank Goodness the NBA is back.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:22 am

Report: Chris Paul wants to be traded to New York

redwings1969: Five Stars on both posts. I hear the same garbage coming from almost everyone on this. Thank you for being articulate and actually knowing something about sports before posting. It was refreshing and for your two options post I could not agree more.

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