Charlotte Hornets point guard Chris Paul, a 3-time All-Star who still has two years before he can become a free agent, is seeking to be traded with the New York Knicks being his number one choice.
Chris Paul is said to be frustrated with the direction the Hornets are going. After two disappointing seasons for the Hornets, the Hornets have to demonstrate a plan to build a championship team for him to work with to have any chance of keeping him in New Orleans.
It is said that Chris Paul has an aggressive exit strategy to ensure a 2010-2011 season start on another team.
“He feels like they haven’t put the right pieces together,” said another source.
The Hornets, represented by team president Hugh Weber, general manager Dell Demps and coach Monty Williams, have scheduled a face-to-face sit-down with Chris Paul on Monday in New Orleans. In this meeting they hope to sell Paul on their plan to improve the roster.
The New York Knicks are at the top of Chris Paul’s wish-list. His second and third choices are the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers.
“He wants out,” said an anonymous source. “He wants to play with another superstar. He wants to follow LeBron’s model of teaming up with other great players.”
There are rumors that Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets will land in New York, and Chris Paul has expressed a desire to have play as part of a “big three” that could compete with LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. Anthony and Paul going to the Knicks would create a trio to be reckoned with that would include recent Knicks’ addition Amare Stoudemire.
Chris Paul has admitted he was “envious, very envious” of his friends and peers such as LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Carmelo Anthony, who had enjoyed far more team success in the early stages of their careers than he has.
“Those guys have been where I want to get to,” Paul said. “This is my fifth year in the league and I’m not trying to wait until I’m an old veteran in this league trying to win a championship. We’re trying to win now. Whatever we have to do to win, we’ve got to do now.”