With all of the free agent hullabaloo going on in the NBA, it’s easy to forget about some of the more talented players under contract. Chris Paul is one of those who has been over looked, but he seems to have a scheme or two up his sleeve. Paul, like a fundamentalist Christian during Mardi Gras, wants to leave The Big Easy sooner than later. The problem for Chris is that he still has two years left in his contract.
When Paul was quoted a few weeks ago as saying he’d be open to a trade if the Hornets aren’t committed to building a championship team, it was only a small hint as to the size of the chasm that exists between the franchise and its cornerstone player. Paul, in fact, has put into motion an aggressive exit strategy that will accelerate in the coming weeks, and his clear intention is to be traded before the start of the 2010-11 season, a person with direct knowledge of his plans told CBSSports.com Wednesday.
“He wants out,” said the person, who has been briefed on Paul’s strategy but spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it publicly. “He wants to play with another superstar. He wants to follow LeBron’s model of teaming up with other great players.”
Paul’s list of preferred destinations consists of the Knicks, Magic and Lakers, and members of his inner circle already have sent word to the Hornets of his desire to be traded to one of those teams, sources say. If Paul has his way, he’s played his last game in a Hornets jersey. –CBS Sports via USA Today
“He wants to follow LeBron’s model?” If LeBron’s setting a precedent for how players treat their careers, then I’m worried about the future of the league. Are hour long specials and documentaries just the beginning? If so, they should start doing free agent reality shows in space. Chad Ochocinco could host it on VH-1. They’ll call it Child Please, Baby Gurl: An Interstellar Quandary. Chris Paul shows his acting chops after the jump