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Chris Paul wants The Hornets to commit to winning championships.
But did they really do anything to impress Chris Paul in the recent four team deal between the Hornets, Rockets, Pacers, and New Jersey Nets?
The Hornets sent their promising young point guard, Darren Collison, that was a proven option to pair with Chris Paul in the back court.
Here is how the deal works out in its entirety: the Hornets sent Darren Collison and James Posey to the Pacers, the Pacers sent Troy Murphy to the Nets, The Nets sent Courtney Lee to the Rockets, and the Rockets sent Trevor Ariza to the Hornets.
New Orleans Get: Trevor Ariza
Pacers Get: Darren Collison and James Posey
Rockets Get: Courtney Lee
Nets Get: Troy Murphy
So what is supposed to impress Chris Paul and make him believe that you are committed to winning? Nothing.
You gave up a very good piece that was young and cheap, he fit into the back court and worked alongside Chris Paul and all this for a good player, but one that takes many bad shots and tends to get his before the team gets theirs.
Darren Collison for Trevor Ariza isn't a trade that I would make.
Let's look at these two players stat wise:
Darren Collison: 12.4 points,1 steal, and 5.7 assists in 27.8 minutes a game (47% shooting, 40% from beyond the arc)
Trevor Ariza: 14.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.8 assists in 36.5 minutes (39% shooting, 33% from behind the arc)
Ariza averages more points and more rebounds, but he also averages just about 9 more minutes a game.
and in those 36.5 minutes, he shoots a terrible percentage.
Collison averages more assists and more steals, less points but he shoots a far better percentage and already has built chemistry with the Hornets squad.
So I have to ask, Is this just an excuse to cut salary and trade away James Posey's inflated contract?
Are the Hornets really that worried about their payroll that they would ignore the wishes of their superstar, then lie and tell him that they are committed to winning?
I sure hope not and I really hope the Hornets have a bigger plan in mind.
Right now the Hornets lineup looks something like this:
PG: Chris Paul (for now) --
SF: Trevor Ariza
PF: David West-- Darius Songaila
C: Emeka Okafor-- Aaron Gray
If I'm Chris Paul, I'm calling up General manager Dell Demps and asking him what's going on? Not to be confrontational, but to make sure the front office knows that I still expect them to be committed to winning.
Dell Demps would probably say that the Hornets acquiring Marco Bellineli for Julian Wright today is a sign enough that they are committed to winning.
I mean, that's good enough, right?
That's all New Orleans seems to be worried about, just skating by.
Chris Paul is trying to stay in New Orleans, he really is.
I don't think the goal was for his displeasure to become public.
From what I can tell, he understands how important his presence is to the fans of New Orleans and he doesn't want to let him down.
But right now, the Hornets are letting Chris Paul down and at some point, you just have to say enough is enough.
Either the Hornets are giving Chris Paul the run around, or they are genuinely trying to improve the roster.
Chris Paul should ask them.
because I don't think they would be willing to tell him.
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