As we enter the weekend, where the Chris Paul rumors will likely screech to a halt because journalists won't be working, the situation is strange. The rumors are getting more specific, but they're also becoming more contradictory. Let's hit the links:
The big news today is that ESPN's Chris Broussard is reporting that Chris Paul thinks that the Magic would be the best fit for him. Behold the weirdness:
While the Knicks are still high on Paul's list, he believes the Magic, with All-Star center Dwight Howard, would be a better fit. Paul also realizes Orlando has much more to offer New Orleans in a trade and therefore believes it is a more realistic destination than New York, according to the sources.
So... Chris is not only putting together lists of where he wants to go, but those lists are changing every other day? This sounds like a media strategy. It reminds me of when LeBron was leading up to his "Decision," and every other day there would be a new likely destination. Chicago, New Jersey, New York, then back to Cleveland, each day had a new landing spot for LeBron, according to those "league sources."
But wait, Chris is not a part of LeBron's marketing company?
Thanks to Grayson for telling me about this post on the NY Times basketball blog:
Paul has not hired James's marketing firm - at least, not yet.
Multiple news outlets, including The New York Times, have reported that Paul is working with LRMR, the company founded by James and his friend Maverick Carter. Paul was taken aback by the reports, according to a league official who spoke with him on Friday.
Although he is considering LRMR, Paul said he had not yet made a decision, according to the official, who asked to remain anonymous to protect their relationship.
Paul cut ties with his longtime agency, Octagon, earlier this month. He has hired one significant member of James's circle: Leon Rose, an agent with C.A.A. Rose is close to William Wesley, a confidant to several N.B.A. players, including James.
This is staggering. That Chris Paul hired LRMR has been reported as fact for many weeks, but now those reports were never true? I don't know who to believe anymore. I think we'll have a better idea about the situation on Monday. Until then, the rumors will remain contradictory and confusing.
While the Chris Paul Hypothetical Auction has been spinning out of control, Dell Demps has quietly been cleaning house in New Orleans. From the Times-Pic, he has fired five people in the front office in his first days as GM:
The team confirmed that college/pro scout Kip Bass, college scout Kelly Bass, director of basketball administration Andrew Loomis and video coordinator Irving Roland are no longer employed by the Hornets.
Also, Rob Werdann, an assistant coach last season and a former advance scout for five seasons, will not be retained.
Hornets President Hugh Weber said Tuesday the Hornets' entire basketball operations department would undergo a complete evaluation by Demps, who plans to hire his own staff.
Looks like Dell Demps has a lot on his plate. Between his total shakeup of the front office and his disgruntled star, he's getting baptized by fire in his first GM job.