I feel bad for Chris Paul. On the one hand, the NBA is making it clear to him that he's worth a lot in their estimation. On the other hand, the Lakers, Clippers and whichever teams have offered players, money and add-ons to acquire him are saying, "Hey, we like you but maybe not THAT much."
So, what's a great player to do? It's certainly his right to want to play somewhere other than New Orleans. But when you say that you want out, you're also making it tough for your team to get fair value for you, and so, we've ended up with, perhaps, an unprecedented situation in a league that seems to have transitioned from lockout to lockjaw.
In the meantime, Chris Paul waits. We all wait. And the NBA continues to look like it's being run by Peter Griffin of Family Guy.
So, let's get this buggy out of neutral. It's time for fans to become part of the solution. NBA GMs out there gather round.
Here are 10 deals the Hornets should definitely do for Chris Paul.