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July 26, 2010

Oh, sure...Paul is a lifer in New Orleans

So I got the the following email from the Hornets (attributed to Chris Paul)...

“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.”

...cleared all that up, right?

Not so much. There is some possibility the Hornets convinced Paul they will soon become an NBA contender. There is also a possibility Clay Aiken is an NBA point guard. I don't pretend to know what happened at that meeting but I do know the following:

1. No one in the NBA thinks Paul is not in play.

2. If you were the Hornets front office, and you were desperate to finesse this mess, you'd ask Paul to issue a statement saying he is perfectly happy in New Orleans. You would make that request because to do anything else further erodes Paul's trade value to the Hornets.

I doubt the Bobcats will end up with Paul. I doubt Paul is somewhere other than New Orleans at the start of the season.  But anyone in New Orleans who thinks Paul is a lifer there is a fool. 

Posted by Observer Sports on July 26, 2010 at 11:42 PM | Permalink

Comments

Hey, leave Clay Aiken out of this!

Posted by: ASChin | Jul 27, 2010 10:02:41 AM

captain obvious?

please get us an explanation from higgins/jordan/brown on the tyson chandler deal. AT THE VERY LEAST get us a larry brown "this was not a basketball related move" quote.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 27, 2010 10:34:58 AM

hey charlotte, i want my team back!
i luv charlotte!

Posted by: bob johnson | Jul 27, 2010 11:55:22 AM

I agree with the charlottean. I hated the move when it was made. I not only hated it for getting nothing in return for Tyson Chandler, but also for giving up a somewhat progessing Ajinca. Most don't agree, but Ajinca showed skill in Summer League in my opinion that isn't common for 7'1" centers and gained size as well. He was an asset along with Tyson that we should of kept. Especially instead of getting 2 long worthless contracts, Carroll and Najera, and player, in Dampier, that wouldn't be trade bait except for a team to save money.

Bad move! Please get an explanation on why it was made.

Posted by: Alphee | Jul 27, 2010 12:07:49 PM

I have to add this...

No disrespect to any of our players, but...
Now we're adding more non-assets like Livingston and McGuire. Who a team should add if they have the team set. And for us to get news that Dampier might be resigned or that we're thinking of signing Admundson is terrible news, considering we gave up 2 players that were more important to us than any of the players we get in return.

I'm trying to root for the Bobcats, but with moves like that I'm having problems doing so. We can't stoop any lower with the moves we've made since our inception minus, da Stat Jack move. Please make some FO changes Jordan it's needed and please don't trade any more young hopeful assets.

Posted by: Alphee | Jul 27, 2010 12:19:14 PM

And they pay this guy to write this trash. It sounds like his little feelings are hurt from when the Hornets ditched Charlotte for New Orleans. The truth is you have absolutely no idea of what you are talking about.You're the the last person to know what Chris Paul can do. And I'll bet Clay Aiken can blow you away on a basketball court. The Charlotte Observer is wasting their money on you.

Posted by: Paul Guillion | Aug 12, 2010 8:19:39 AM

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