When Paul was quoted a few weeks ago as saying he’d be open to a trade if the Hornets aren’t committed to building a championship team, it was only a small hint as to the size of the chasm that exists between the franchise and its cornerstone player. Paul, in fact, has put into motion an aggressive exit strategy that will accelerate in the coming weeks, and his clear intention is to be traded before the start of the 2010-11 season, a person with direct knowledge of his plans told CBSSports.com Wednesday.
Update at 7:15PM on Sunday afternoon
I was a guest again, along with Tom Martin (of SB Nation Houston), on the Rockets.com podcast, hosted by Jason Friedman. Click here to listen.
Thanks again for your patience these past few days. As you can see, I was doing some renovating that took a bit longer than expected. Ironically, Chris Paul officially went on the market during my hiatus – go figure.
Most interesting is that like the Lowry and Scola deals, the final year is partially guaranteed, adding more proof to the theory of manufactured assets.
Update at 3:46PM
Just tweeted by Jonathan Feigen of the Chronicle. He originally tweeted “5 years, $57million”, leaving me scrambling to pick my jaw up from off the floor. Still, this is quite a hefty price-tag for the 30 year old.
Update at 10:02AM on Friday morning