According to several different sources, New Orleans Hornets' point guard Chris Paul now wants out of the team, and is believed that he has asked for a trade. After hiring Dell Demps as the team's general manager, it seems that this would be an exit strategy for Paul to leave.
On June 23rd, Paul said that he was open towards a trade, according to ESPN.com's Senior Writer, Chris Broussard. It was believed Paul would go to a team like the Orlando Magic, or maybe the New York Knicks to team up with Amare Stoudemire. And at this point, that and a couple of more possibilities could happen. At that time on June 23rd, Paul said he would like to go to a winning team, though.
"My first choice is to be in New Orleans,'' Paul said to CBS Sports in a telephone interview from London. "I just want to make sure we're committed to winning. If we're not committed to winning and trying to get better so we can contend with the Lakers, the Celtics and all these other top teams, then I'm open to being traded.''
When the point guard saw LeBron James leaving his small market to play for a big market, along with teaming up with superstars, this maybe influenced Paul. At first, Paul was trying to convince James to stay with Cleveland, which is a small market. James would be like Paul, who is also in a small market with New Orleans. But with James bolting to play with superstars in Miami, James is now the one convincing Paul.
Face it, the Hornets are not going to win a championship in the next five years. It's pretty easy to predict that. No offense, but that's just how the way it goes. This means Paul can't compete at all or anything. So, when it all goes down, Paul has requested for a trade. According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, Paul would like to go to a different team before the regular season starts.
"He wants out," the anonymous person, who is part of the situation, who told CBSSports.com. "He wants to play with another superstar."
Paul's three preferred destinations are the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, and New York Knicks. To me, all of these situations can work out well for the young point guard.
If he went to the Magic, Orlando would easily be up there with Miami now. There will be a lot of strong contention, and this could really help the NBA in marketing since both the Heat and Magic are in the same division with the NBA Southeast. That means we will see a lot more games of Dwight Howard, Vince Carter, and Chris Paul facing LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade.
The Lakers are an easy option. Paul would help L.A. go towards their fourth straight Finals' appearance, and help Phil Jackson get yet another three-peat. The Lakers' point guards are aging and Paul can be the injection of youth to their squad. And who wouldn't want a scary backcourt as scary as the Lakers, featuring Paul and Kobe Bryant.
The Knicks also seem like a great option. This may most likely happen more than any of the other teams landing the point guard. Paul will have a solid big man and a great, rebuilding, and young team. He has Amare Stoudemire to work with. The Knicks could easily be a huge contender with the Heat. If not this year, most definitely in the 2011-12 season when the Knicks can add more in that free agency. Maybe even land Carmelo Anthony.
A lot of scenarios for him, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Find out for ourselves what happens.