It was a disaster bound to happen a marriage that lost its spark and is slowly becoming a flicker of the once fiery relationship. Chris Paul had enough of the New Orleans Hornets and is rumored on talking it out for a trade deal either to the New York Knicks or the Orlando Magic this Monday with the presence of head coach Monty Williams, GM Dell Demps and President Hugh Weber.
Chris Paul is unhappy, with the Hornets only significant offseason activity was resigning the 7-foot, and 3.3 ppg center Aaron Gray. The Hornets gave Paul a four year $68 million contract extension in 2008 after giving the defending champions San Antonio Spurs a hard time before bowing out in the second round in the playoffs.
2 years later Paul is left with an injury laden team. Byron Scott got fired and Tyson Chandler got traded, his two closest friends.
Chris Paul never wanted the easy way out. He knew eventually Scott will get fired and Peja Stojakovic best days are over. He knew everything will get sour in years to come when he signed the dotted line with Bonzi Wells, Bobby Jackson and Jannelo Pargo out of the rotation the year after. He believes the Hornets organization is committed in winning and with all the promises they still end up short in the playoffs last season. There were no significant trades only two under achiever centers signed and drafted in Aaron Gray and Cole Aldrich. It was clear where the Hornets organization is headed and now Chris Paul wants out.
No one can blame him. He was the ever loyal wife who was presented with promises only to see all those sweet talks go down the drain. He doesn’t want to be like Kevin Garnett who lost his prime in a struggling franchise or all those other NBA legends who never had championship rings.
We don’t know what happens after their Monday meeting but like in any relationships we all hope it ends well. Let’s save what’s left, if it’s worth saving.