Chris Paul

First it was Chris Paul wanting to be traded to the New York Knicks. Now it’s the Lakers engaging in trade talks with the New Orleans Hornets for him. Soon, word will leak that it’s the Clippers or the Heat or the Mavericks putting out feelers.

And this is how it will be until Paul is moved.

And this is why, if the team and player can’t reach an accord on his future in New Orleans, it has to be done as soon as possible.

Paul doesn’t have to declare an intent to leave New Orleans for teams to inquire about trading for him. It’s natural for them to do so. He’s entering the final year of his contract, the franchise has no owner, the team isn’t expected to contend for the NBA title and the Hornets can’t afford to let him play all season and walk away at the end without receiving any compensation.

– Reported by John DeShazier of theĀ New Orleans Times-Picayune