Why Won’t The New Orleans Hornets & The NBA Trade Chris Paul?
What exactly are the New Orleans Hornets—or, maybe more appropriately, David Stern and the NBA—planning on doing with Chris Paul this season? That’s the question that I wanted to try and answer today when I sat down at my computer. Maybe they are going to hold off on trading him until the All-Star break when some desperate franchise will no doubt come calling and mortgage their entire future for a shot at him. Maybe they will force him to play out his contract this year, hope to sell the team, and then let him walk. Or, maybe they’ll end up trading him to the Los Angeles Lakers after all.
I let about a dozen different scenarios play out in the my head. But I only managed to come up with one single answer: I have absolutely NO idea what the Hornets have in store for CP3. I say that, of course, because yesterday the second blockbuster deal involving Paul fell apart. Just a few days after a Paul-to-the-Lakers trade was rejected by the NBA, the Los Angeles Clippers agreed to send Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, and a 2012 draft pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Hornets in exchange for Paul. However, the NBA-owned Hornets turned down their offer, supposedly because the Clips refused to include Eric Bledsoe in the deal. So, what now?
Well, for starters, the NBA needs to sit back and try and figure out exactly how they are going to approach this whole Chris Paul ordeal. Right now, they’re making themselves look like a bunch of buffoons by refusing to deal him to either the Lakers or the Clippers. At the end of this season, there’s a 100 percent chance that Paul will walk away during free agency if the Hornets don’t deal him soon. Yet, they’ve now turned down not one, but two pretty good deals for him. If those trade offers don’t entice them to make a move, what will?
Secondly, they need to come out as an organization and state their intentions. Are they doing everything in their power to move CP3—or are they planning on starting the season with him still on the roster? The NBA needs to stop being so vague about their intentions with Paul. Otherwise, they risk upsetting the New Orleans fan base. It won’t be long before everyone dislikes Paul and, if he has to stay for the duration of the 2011-12 season, that could become a bad situation for everyone involved.
And, finally, the NBA needs to find a way to take the focus off of CP3 right now so that some of the other top storylines from around the league can take precedence. I never thought I’d say this, but what’s going on with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh down in Miami? Are the Chicago Bulls the best team in the Eastern Conference? Who can dethrone the Dallas Mavericks as the NBA champions? Those are the questions that NBA analysts and experts should be trying to answer right now. Instead, they’re stuck wondering why in the world the Hornets and the NBA won’t move Paul.
So, what’s the next move, guys? Whatever it is, please make it. That’s the best answer we can come up with right now.