Chris Paul could be traded soon
Old 07-18-2009, 01:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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New Orleans star point guard Chris Paul insisted he was serious when he said there's a chance he soon could be traded.

Paul was interviewed Thursday by Pro Basketball News, and asked about his team's financial situation. The Hornets are staring at being well over the luxury tax, and might have to dump some big contracts.

"In this league, anything can happen," said Paul, at the summer league to watch his Hornets. "I can be dealt."

Paul then was asked that surely he can't be serious he could be traded.

"It's possible," he said. "It's possible."

The Hornets made a move last February to save money by dealing center Tyson Chandler to Oklahoma City. However, the trade ended up being rescinded after health concerns surfaced regarding Chandler.

Paul is hopeful the Hornets will end up retaining their key players, but knows nothing is certain.

"Right now, it looks like the same cast," he said. "But, if something happens, it happens. ... Me and (forward James Posey say to one another that) we've got to work with what we've got and go out and play hard."

Posey hopes the Hornets won't end up again dealing Chandler.

"You never want to see it," Posey said. "But I'm a player and my job is to go out there and play hard. ... You can't control that part of it (the Hornets' money situation). You've got to control what you can."
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Old 07-18-2009, 01:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Cuban would jump on it imo.
He lost two players.
He's still has the taste of throw money and players in his mouth.
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Old 07-18-2009, 02:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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In trading Paul theyll go broke quicker than keeping the contracts. You lose Paul you average under 10k in attendance easily.

Ultimately theyll be getting rid of the team or moving it, and for the NBAs sake, hopefully its getting rid of it because they need to cut down the number of teams so players like Dahntay Jones stop playing rotation minutes.
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Old 07-18-2009, 10:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Would they take Bosh and Jose for Paul and Chandler?
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It's hard to believe that Shinn would be so stupid as to unload Paul. He's the entire franchise and should be for another 12-15 years.
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Old 07-18-2009, 12:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Would they take Bosh and Jose for Paul and Chandler?
Bosh is untouchable right now. It's pretty clear after this offseason.

Bargs and Jose for Paul and Chandler would do though

I wouldn't do Jose/Bosh for Paul/Chandler anyway.
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Old 07-18-2009, 01:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Are you nuts? I'd trade Bosh for Paul in a hearbeat. Paul is an MVP calibre PG who's a top 3 defender at his position and we would have our PG position set for the next 8 years. More important to this is PG position in the NBA is the most important position in the NBA today.
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Old 07-18-2009, 01:46 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Bosh is untouchable right now. It's pretty clear after this offseason.

Bargs and Jose for Paul and Chandler would do though

I wouldn't do Jose/Bosh for Paul/Chandler anyway.
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Old 07-18-2009, 01:47 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I would gladly trade Bosh for CP3. Any day of the week. PG's like that are a rarity.

Alas, Paul posted on his twitter that he has no idea where they got those quotes from, and that he is not near leaving.
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Old 07-18-2009, 05:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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It's hard to believe that Shinn would be so stupid as to unload Paul. He's the entire franchise and should be for another 12-15 years.
Not if you think long term. The franchise is losing a lot of money and they need to cut costs in a big way. I see two scenarios to this story:

Scenario A: Keep Chris Paul. If they keep him they still need to cut major costs which means you will see them try to give away Chandler again and probably other players as well. In this scenario if I'm Chris Paul I get out of town at the first opportunity. This scenario would most likely lead to the Hornets not getting a whole lot back in return.

Scenario B: Trade Chris Paul. Trade others as well. Rebuild based on the Portland model...Which was once and I guess still is the Spurs model. Instead of making big free agent signings look to the draft and continuously be on the hunt for prospects. In this scenario Paul is probably traded next summer at a time where many teams have big cap space. He and another big contract, like Peja, could be unloaded on a team like the Knicks for prospects AND many draft picks.

I don't see there being a happy ending for the team. They are in a tough spot and usually cost cutting is another name for REBUILDING. They need to rebuild and I think it will begin in the summer or 2010. Its their best shot to keep the franchise in the city and have a competive team down the road.
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Old 07-18-2009, 06:52 PM   #11 (permalink)
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About rebuilding, it can be a succes if they take the right offer. Not sure if CP3 is as coveted league wide as KG was when he was with Minnesota, but here's an interesting quote from a Bill Simmons blog I read yesterday, coincidentally, that suggests Minnesota could have done a lot better than they did:

From The Sports Guy: It's time to play 'What if?' - ESPN Page 2

13b. What if Kevin McHale had taken Chicago's "Godfather" offer for KG before the 2006 draft?

Here was the offer: Tyson Chandler, Luol Deng and the No. 4 overall pick for Garnett.

Now ...

Let's say McHale does the deal. And let's say he takes LaMarcus Aldridge with that No. 4 pick. And let's say he takes Brandon Roy at No. 6 and doesn't foolishly swap Roy for Randy Foye (a swap that never made sense, by the way). Suddenly, the T-Wolves have a nucleus of Chandler, Aldridge, Deng and Roy. Wow. And that's not even a stretch. This could have easily happened.

Meanwhile, Chicago would have ended up with Garnett, Kirk Hinrich, Ben Gordon, Andres Nocioni and the typical flood of discount free agents and February buyout guys who follow a guy like KG, and on top of that Garnett would have ignited Chicago as a basketball city just like he ignited Boston (and potentially pushed the Bulls into the NBA Finals in a weak conference last spring). Instead, they gave away Chandler, turned Aldridge into Ty Thomas and wasted all their cap space on Ben Wallace. So, um ... that kind of sucked.

13a. What if McHale had taken G-State's "Godfather" offer for KG during the 2007 draft?

Here was the offer: Monta Ellis, Al Harrington, Andris Biedrins and the No. 8 pick (Brandan Wright) for Garnett.

Now ...

As much as I love Al Jefferson, the T-Wolves would have gotten four starters out of that deal, including a franchise guard (Ellis, suddenly the next Dwyane Wade), an up-and-comer (Wright, suddenly being compared by everyone to Chris Bosh), an athletic rebounder/shot-blocker (Biedrins) and a quality veteran (Harrington). I thought they were crazy for passing up that deal last summer ... but now, with the way Ellis has been lighting it up lately? My God. Do you think Chris Mullin just spends 24 hours a day sighing in relief that the deal never happened? I would. By the way, I'm starting to think McHale might not be a very good GM.
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Old 07-18-2009, 07:07 PM   #12 (permalink)
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If I were BOS I'd inquire about a deal surrounding Rondo and some other young players/picks.

It's possible that the Hornets could be interested.
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Old 07-18-2009, 08:03 PM   #13 (permalink)
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About rebuilding, it can be a succes if they take the right offer. Not sure if CP3 is as coveted league wide as KG was
I think he would be MORE coveted. Paul does everything well and can score and create in the clutch, unlike KG.
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:15 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Are you nuts? I'd trade Bosh for Paul in a hearbeat. Paul is an MVP calibre PG who's a top 3 defender at his position and we would have our PG position set for the next 8 years. More important to this is PG position in the NBA is the most important position in the NBA today.
I agree with everything you said. But Calderon/Bosh are my two fav players at their positions in the league! lol.

It's like how I can still sometimes convince myself David Beckham is still the best soccer player . Homerism @ it's finest.

Long live Calderon/Bosh!!!
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:38 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I agree with everything you said. But Calderon/Bosh are my two fav players at their positions in the league! lol.

It's like how I can still sometimes convince myself David Beckham is still the best soccer player . Homerism @ it's finest.

Long live Calderon/Bosh!!!
Beckham never was lol.

But I can relate.
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LAS VEGAS - New Orleans Hornets All-Star guard Chris Paul has denied through Twitter comments attributed to him and reported in Fridayís Pro Basketball News.

The interview was taped and confirmed what Paul said about believing it is not out of the question he could be traded by the Hornets. In addition, PBN Editor Sam Amico and staff writer Chris Bernucca have listened to the tape and confirmed what was reported verbatim. Paul can listen to the tape if he wants.

After New Orleansí NBA Summer League game against Golden State on Thursday, I approached Paul to ask him about the Hornetsí financial situation. I had previously planned to do a note on it for PBN, having spoken to Hornets forward James Posey earlier in the week.

The Hornets are well over the NBAís luxury tax and might want to move a player with a big contract.

I asked Paul about the teamís financial situation. Then I asked him if thereís any chance Tyson Chandler, the center who was traded last February to Oklahoma City before the deal was rescinded, again could be traded.

In his answer, Paul said, ďIn this league, anything can happen. I can be dealt."

Then I said, "I donít think so" to Paul, giving him a chance to say that in reality, he couldnít be serious that the Hornets might trade him.

Paulís response was, "Itís possible. Itís possible."

On Friday, Hornets public relations official Dennis Rogers told me Paul told Hornets officials he didnít remember talking to me the previous day. Rogers asked me if the interview was taped, and I said it was.

Later that day, Brian Windhorst, the Cleveland Cavaliers' beat writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, said he saw me talking to Paul on Thursday at the Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus.

So we have a witness to me interviewing Paul. And his comments are on tape.

If Paul wants to listen to the tape, I will be at the NBA Summer League until Sunday night, if he is still in Las Vegas. Or he can contact me at the below e-mail address and I will get in touch with him.

Chris Tomasson has covered the NBA for the bulk of the past 23 seasons, most recently the Denver Nuggets for the late, great Rocky Mountain News. He is a regular contributor to Pro Basketball News. He can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com.
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He won't be dealt, but if New Orleans is going to give away Chandler, etc. and just go cheap for the next couple years, Paul won't stay for sure after his next contract runs out... so maybe it'd be a pre-emptive move

OKC would easily be the favorite if Paul went on the block. They could eat 15 mil of the Hornet's payroll immediately (which would amount to 25 mil of savings), then another 30+ next year, and doing this while giving them Westbrook, Green, and Phx's 1st next year or something as young assets moving forward.
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Trading away Chris Paul would be the kiss of death for the franchise. It's bad enough that they play in New Orleans as it is.
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New Orleans will never trade Paul away.
the guy is the best PG in the league and will continue to be for the next 5-10 years.
he's pretty much the only reason they made the playoffs last season, and he's pretty much the only reason they'd make it next season too.
they are in a financial mess, and if they are dumb enough to get rid of their money maker, they deserve to fold immediatly.


and whoever here said they wouldnt trade Bosh for Paul needs to get their head checked.
Paul is the best PG in the league and is in top 3 players in the league....
arguably number 2 behind Lebron IMO.
bosh would be lucky to be considered top 20.
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