Chris Paul Will Be Dealt Shortly

Published: December 7, 2011

Chris Paul will likely be traded to the Golden State Warriors within the next few days according to sources familiar with the Hornets internal decision making. Wonder why I say that? Among other reasons (Mr. Sources #4 told me), the team has supposedly been preparing biographies for players who would not be inbound if Paul weren’t on the trading block as well as drafts of press releases in case certain trades take place. Why do that if you aren’t preparing  for a blockbuster trade?

The most likely team to acquire CP3, the Warriors, will reportedly offer Stephen Curry, Ekpe Udoh, and Klay Thompson as primary pieces of a deal regardless of whether or not their ownership is guaranteed that Chris Paul will re-sign. As Michael said, the Hornets are and should be very high on Curry.

That’s a big and bold move, especially considering CP3 hasn’t given any public concrete statement about playing out his career in the Bay Area. He also hasn’t publicly met with ownership there. That said, presuming the Warriors acquire Paul before the 1st  of January, they will be the only team able to offer him a max deal heading into his next contract. Considering his past knee injury, smart money says they get him and keep him long term, especially if they amnesty Biedrins and then sign Tyson Chandler as they would be expected to do. Keep in mind that their owners are rich, even in relation to their peers.

Next up on the list, which would likely be the primary trade destination if CP3 convinces the Warriors there is NO F-ing WAY he would sign with them, is the Los Angeles Clippers, who will supposedly offer a package of Eric Bledsoe, Aminu, the 2012 Minnesota unprotected first round pick, the expiring contract of Chris Kaman, and some package that either includes DeAdre Jordan and/or Eric Gordon and/or future draft picks. Presumably as part of any deal with the Clippers, the Hornets could acquire a number of future first or second round picks in exchange for either Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza, or both. A third team would and should be involved if the Hornets are going to maximize their gain from trading a superstar such as Paul while removing quality veterans/long term financial obligations such as Ariza and Okafor from their lineup.

In third, and last according to most sources, is the Boston Celtics who are supposedly quite desperate to replace their jump shot-less point guard, Rajon Rondo, with someone of Chris Paul’s caliber (that’s only one person). Dell Demps, just like me, doesn’t want Rondo as the centerpiece for rebuilding, so if this goes down you should expect a third team to be involved in a major way. Sorry Rondo, but you haven’t been the kindest person to fans of New Orleans over the years. I tell it like it is.

If you’re waiting to hear about the Knicks, hold your breath.

Keep holding.

Ok, fine. Let it out. I don’t like NY fans (I’m from NY, so that’s my right), but not enough to make them turn blue and pass out in hope of landing Chris Paul. You’re not getting him this year or next. There’s this thing called currency, and believe it or not, it’s a driving force behind where professional athletes decide to play ball.

As for Lakers fans, the Hornets don’t want the rejects from a team that barely even beat them last year. If they were that good, you wouldn’t be offering them up. Sorry, Lakers. I know that you want Paul and Howard (who doesn’t?), but that means nothing in terms of where Paul will actually go.

The Hornets also don’t want the garbage that Orlando has offered them. Oh, you will give us all of the players you signed last year for too much money? Thanks, but no thanks.

Confused as to what is happening? Read the first sentence. It’s all there.

P.S. If I’m wrong, feel free to mock me in four days.

Update- ESPN has a bit of a different take on what’s happening. Let’s see who winds up being more right.


  1. Chris

    December 7, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Cant not wait for this deal to happen. Yahoo is reporting that Demps has his eye on Nene as he expects to have cap room after CP3 is traded.

    • Stefan

      December 7, 2011 at 3:03 am

      If we got Nene, we would have to pay him about 15-16 million per year. Is it worth it?

      • DownUnder

        December 7, 2011 at 3:34 am

        Would you even want him at market price? He’s the kinda player you wouldn’t want on a long deal extending into he’s 30’s while the teams trying to rebuild, He’d keep your team competitive enough to never get top draft picks but never near contention status either.

      • NOS-3rd Gen

        December 7, 2011 at 11:39 am

        2 me on a Center NO. haven’t they learned their Lesson w/ Big Oak. Don’t overpay any Center b/c that’s not the dominating Position this Decade. SF and SG are so definitely trade for a superstar in that position. sign for David West if he wants to come back of course, but don’t waste money (15-16 mill) on a player that won’t average over 15 ppg, 10rpg, and 2bpg center wise.

  2. PP3istheMVP

    December 7, 2011 at 2:35 am

    So excited for this deal, budding superstar in Steph Curry and 2 former lottery picks that I was high on. Woo!

  3. John

    December 7, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Warriors would be very foolish to give up Curry with no guarantee of re-signing Paul. That’s way too risky of a gamble, if I was the Warriors. I doubt their front office is that stupid. Don’t they have Jerry West there?

    • Chris

      December 7, 2011 at 2:49 am

      It seems that the new Owners are that desperate to erase yrs of sucking! They believe that they will sign Tyson Chandler and bring in some other players, enough to get CP3 to committ. I think over the course of the season it will prove to be the right move for them.

      • SadHornetsFan

        December 7, 2011 at 3:38 am

        If CP3 signs with them and they have the cap room, i’d say the chances of tyson signing there are pretty high….CP3, chandler, and whoever they get for ellis could be a legit team and enough incentive for chris to stick around long term.

    • saZam

      December 7, 2011 at 3:17 am

      It’s kinda like the deal with deron williams in new jersey. they had no guarantee, but he has said he is most likely to resign with them, and the nets aren’t that good.

  4. blacksteve78

    December 7, 2011 at 3:10 am

    i really hope we grab a draft pick or 2 out of this GS trade also. I like Curry and all the other players but i think for Chris Paul,you gotta get something else GS 2012 and maybe couple of second rounders

  5. saZam

    December 7, 2011 at 3:19 am

    I hope we get this deal done soon and unload some heavy contracts (aka okafor) so Demps can ideally use this free agency period to help rebuild the post cp3 era

  6. Okithor

    December 7, 2011 at 3:53 am

    I dont understand why Paul would agree to go to TOTAL suckage Golden State for potentially less money then stay with the better Hornets for more money. Would like to see the terms of the deal shake out. As it stands now it doesn’t make sense.

  7. Stefan

    December 7, 2011 at 3:54 am

    All signs point to us not trying to fully rebuild. I’d call it restructuring. Dell Demps is trading Paul, but he’s still going after guys like Nene, Crawford, and Afflalo. Sounds to me like Dell wants to keep our new season ticket-holders happy and try to put out a top 5 seed by next season. If anyone can do it, it’s Dealer Dell.

  8. RickMan

    December 7, 2011 at 4:08 am

    Im a GSW fan and i honestly would be furious/devastated if we let go of Steph Curry just to rent Chris Paul for 66 games.

    • NOS-3rd Gen

      December 7, 2011 at 11:55 am

      Look on the bright side you guys would still major stars on your team like David Lee D.Wright, ME8 and theres rumors that T.C. is coming to town. w/ CP3 there he will definitely sign GSW would be complete unless ME8 comes to Hornets some how as well w/ a 3-team trade!!!

  9. Nick Malone aka yankeesman77

    December 7, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Afflalao will most likely stay in Denver as a restricted free agent. If this trade does go through, the Chris Paul years will be remembered fondly by all Hornets fans but with the team in a mode to rebuild and reconstruct the current squad as is, this is a deal that has to be made with Golden State. The assets you get from a guy like Klay to spread the floor with his jumper and vertical wingspan and can crash the paint is the banger the Hornets have been missing for a while. Steph Curry to me is an evolving point guard that already has shown flashes of Top10 PG status. Ekpe is a guy I’ve wanted on this roster when he came out of Baylor and with his size and raw talent, is a talent the Hornets cant pass up on a few years down the line when he develops more.

    Maybe I’m just being greedy but I’d love to see GS throw in Dorrell Wright after the year he had last year. Just being greedy. I know. But make it happen Dell. Greatest Hornets GM of all time!

  10. GecGreek

    December 7, 2011 at 5:34 am

    it’s very hard to guess what trade will be the best for the Hornets, the Clippers have so much to offer for a rebuilding team.
    That makes me think the Hornets have 10k season ticket holders and will be in rebuild mode.. That’s bad timing and i don’t know if that’s good for the city in order to keep the team in New Orleans. I’m not sure dealing CP3 is the best thing that may happen to the New Orleans Hornets but, i don’t know why, i believe in Demps&co.

    Any ownership news? That’s key if we really want to build something.

  11. sp3

    December 7, 2011 at 5:57 am

    I cant believe im saying this, but the idea of Steph Curry running the point for the bees would actually be quite a relief. I love what J Jack brings to the table but theres no doubt that he’s much stronger at the two, and Steph has shown some huge strides as a floor general, and that killer three point jumper will be huge for us in close games.

    I’m not expecting us to be a particularly successful team in the early going with this Curry line-up, but for the first time since CP’s rookie season, we would actually have some seriously talented youngsters running the show… I wonder if Mek would be able to help Ekpe the way PJ helped Dwest?

  12. Tim

    December 7, 2011 at 7:00 am

    In Demps I believe.

  13. J

    December 7, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Curry is a top 10 PG and Demps will get em

  14. edbballin504

    December 7, 2011 at 8:00 am

    As I’ve already posted, I absolutely love this deal. Would be sweeter if we could also get Wright and/or GSW 1st round pick next year. But just the 3 guys already identified in the potential trade make me excited about the season.

    Imagine a return of the same group from last year (including D West and Landry) but remove Paul for Curry, plus add 2 more young studs that can flat out ball. Rebuild? Noooo. I call it reload. We would be the 2011-2012 version on DEN last year but with much more potential.

    For those that are sleeping on Klay Thompson, please youtube him. He’s exactly what we’ve been looking for around here at SG. And with our new found cap space plus the trade exception from the Peja trade still in tact, who knows what else Demps can bring to the Big Easy. Hornets fans, this is the best thing that could have happened to us. Just pray the deal goes through ASAP and doesnt fall off. GEAUX HORNETS!

  15. cro_CP3

    December 7, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I was depressed of Paul leaving, but now, I’m kinda excited, it would be really nice to see Curry in Hornets uniforms, I think with Curry and some nice FA’s, Hornets will be a playoff team, but my heart is still beating and saying that CP3 will stay here, don’t know, just a sense of feeling, sometimes people, feelings are too strong.

    • Monty'sDoghouse

      December 7, 2011 at 8:28 am

      Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

  16. Monty'sDoghouse

    December 7, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Clippers offer is a joke! I can’t wait til they end up without Howard AND CP3 cause they overvalued their assets and end up winning 25-30 games again.

  17. QueenBee

    December 7, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Hand down, man down!

    It really trips me out how some teams want to hold on to their valuable assets while taking our most valuable asset. As we say here in NOLA, that’s ‘cheeky’.

  18. QueenBee

    December 7, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Mama, there goes that man!

  19. J

    December 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

    How about CP3 to the Houston anyone heard about that rumor?

    • NOS-3rd Gen

      December 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      unless kevin martin is apart of that deal, thats all i want to here!!!

  20. jay

    December 7, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I’d be MORE excited for the Hornets if this deal goes through. This team needs a different identity anyway. I appreciate what Chris Paul did in helping keep the Hornets here in NOLA but if he doesn’t want to be here then please leave. If this trade goes down i’m buying tickets for opening night.

  21. Oculus

    December 7, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Hornets suck, they had more than enough time to surround Paul with decent talent why should he resign even if he will get more money. No one wants to play for hick towns anyway the sooner most fans realize that the better off they will be.

    • Jason Calmes

      December 7, 2011 at 10:57 am

      Welcome to our blog, Knicks fan. We’ve been expecting you.

    • pschafer

      December 7, 2011 at 11:28 am

      If you’re going to say something this dumb, you might at least use good grammar. “Hick towns” indeed. Oh the irony.

    • NOS-3rd Gen

      December 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      Hey Oculus! UUUUUUUUUUUUU Suck more and take more than Pamela Anderson, Gianna Michels, Ava Devine, and Carmella Bing put 2gether!!! Hornets will always live forever in the Hearts of “HORNETS FANS.” Regardless of who we have true fans Love the Hornets even of we don’t have CP3. and by the way last time I checked New Orleans is a “CITY,”and the biggest city in “LOUISIANA” not a Hick Town!!

      • Jason Calmes

        December 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm

        While you are clearly a connoisseur of the finer things in life, let’s keep the insults more cerebral. we don’t want to appear as immature as we really are. I know I don’t.

  22. Jay Stan

    December 7, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Man I just watched some highlights of Klay Thompson the kid can ball but man I would really like that clipper trade to fall through so we can get our hands on that Minn. pick even though I don’t think it will be a lottery pick.

  23. da ThRONe

    December 7, 2011 at 10:48 am

    We trade CP3 and basketball is done in New Orleans(provided we don’t luck up and draft another superstar). I like Curry, but he can’t carry a franchise and sadly I don’t think he ever will. Without that kind of superstar (under the current salary structure) we will continue to be bottom feeders until the franchise is moved.

    This will be the beginning of the end. Depressed.

    • Joe Gerrity

      December 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm

      I couldn’t disagree more. This is the beginning of a new, better franchise.

      • da ThRONe

        December 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm

        Only time will tell. I see doom and gloom. It is 2012 after all!

  24. Derek

    December 7, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Ok. Here’s a HUGE question to the hornets Dell Demps…….CAN YOU NOT READ BETWEEN THE LINES!!!! Pauls agent ask for trade to knicks with no real possibility of that happening, paul straight up said he would not sign with celtics…his heart is in NOLA….He WANTS TO PLAY HERE! but the hornets are basically offering up no resistance..he also straight up said who ever gets chandler, he will re-sign!! Go F’n get chandler hornets…!! I will be sooo F’kin pissed if they trade him cuz they are dumb son of a b*ches and can’t run a front office…..

    • Jason Calmes

      December 7, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Derek, dude. You ok?

      You can’t take anything these people say in public for real unless it’s an outburst. Same for between the lines.

      They aren’t doing this `at’ you or `at’ anyone. Dell has a job to do, and if he eventually screws up up enough, he’ll be shown the door. This move, if bad for the team, will have him shown the door. With a new owner coming in (we’re getting one . . . how good is the question), the stakes are even higher.

      Even if Dell didn’t care one lick about anything but himself and Tre, he would be trying to keep his job. And the truth is that’s not the case. He wasn’t holes up in an office or at his house. He was on scouting trips and he was around town. I know because I saw him and talked to him. I don’t mean at some press event either; I mean I saw him uptown. The Hornets’ office is on Poydras, the man doesn’t like uptown. Those are some lines you can read between.

      Stick with us, man.

      • Joel

        December 7, 2011 at 11:57 am

        That’s a great story and all, but is there any chance the Hornets can get Chandler?

      • Jason Calmes

        December 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm

        Non-zero, yes.

        Are they looking at him, no.

        Why would they? They have highly paid center. You want to renounce rights to players, create cap room to sign a free agent, then be stuck with 2 high priced centers? Or you want to find somone who gets paid millions a years to do trades well or get fired that the center you don’t want would be great for them, all in the next 7ish days?

        Let me see your plan.

    • NOS-3rd Gen

      December 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      Is that really true that T.C. signs w/hornets then CP3 will resign!! then it would be smart to sign or trade for players that can influence CP3 to stay. thats all I’m saying!

  25. J

    December 7, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Derek da throne are a bunch of retarded morons CP3 wants to go i mean he’s fooling you and the local media if you really think he wants to be here come on even Brees said during the NFL lockout he wants to test the market did they extend his contract no but it might happen.But with idiot naysayers saying PAul gone basketball in New Orleans is over but contray to popular belief Garnett left the T-Wolves their still in Minniesota.Theres no talent in Charllotte nor Detroit.So to some of you ninnies face the facts it wont hurt us with CP gone hell Cavs hanging in without Lebron.

    • Joel

      December 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      Last time I check Minnesota had an owner though.

    • Jason Calmes

      December 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm


      That is the last time you do that.

      You know what you did.

      Do not do it or you won’t do anything here.again.

      Do not reply.

      Do not apologize.

      Do not retaliate if they do.

      Do not.

  26. NekiEcko

    December 7, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Even know that Hawks wasnt even mention for this trade, I like to know that Chris Paul would been a wonderful pickup but I think that WF alum Jeff Teague will fit the bill nicely and you can have Josh Smith as well. To each its own, i say.

  27. Jacob

    December 7, 2011 at 11:51 am

    i dont see the Warriors parting with their young players but i like that deal, maybe even get a 1st rounder in there somewhere, re-sign Marcus Thornton and D-West. I would give up this season to get a Austin Rivers or someone in the draft and then imagine us in like 2 or 3 years ==> UNSTOPPABLE 🙂

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  29. J

    December 7, 2011 at 11:58 am


  30. AgentZiko

    December 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Adding to this. Because it IS being discussed, and Klay Thompson and Stephon Curry are not happy about it and DON’T want to be moved to New Orleans. Especially after being told by Jerry West they are the only untouchables on the roster.


    This deal only happens if Warriors sign Chandler, and trade Ellis for Rudy Gay.

    Chris Paul apparently wants to have his friends on the roster.

    • NOLABanks

      December 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      Ziko do you think there could be a team trade in the works with MEM, NOH,GSW?

  31. MaskedTalent

    December 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    … I the only HORNETS fan sad about letting the face of organization go TWICE and possibly to the SAME TEAM! Baron Davis and now CP3! I WANT TO CRY! but….(wishful thinking coming) what if Chris Paul left for a season to pull in alot of players and then came back! That would be awesome….but I can’t even….get happy…at all…because I know its not…true =(

    • BigEasyBaller

      December 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm

      I’ve been hella depressed with all these CP3 rumors floating around. I can’t imagine the Hornets without Chris Paul, I mean I was a fan before they had him but it’s all so gray and bleak.

  32. J

    December 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Would you want a team player or someone who like to do an song and dance think about it.

  33. Tye

    December 7, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    guys, id much prefer the clips deal! We get aminu and bledso, who showed that they have real potenital last season! they will give in a give us jordan, who gives us that defence weve,ve always needed! and lastly, we get that minnisota pick, in a very good draft thanks to the lockout!

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