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The widely speculated deal that would send New Orleans Point Guard Chris Paul to Boston for Rajon Rondo has hit a snag that may kill the trade altogether. Paul, who has spent his entire career with the Hornets, appears unwilling to sign a long-term extension in Boston.
This would not be the only issue, as New Orleans is believed to want more than just Rondo in return. Boston had been looking to get a third team involved in negotiations but it now appears the price-tag is too high for just a one-year rental. Paul is a free-agent after the upcoming season; and most believe it is his desire to join Carmelo Anthony in New York.
This story, if true, serves as proof that even with a new CBA, the NBA players still hold way too much power. While I’m extremely happy that max contracts are no longer allowed in sign and trade deals, players continue to hold teams hostage until they cater to their demands. Last year it was Anthony in Denver; this year the drama will surround and engulf the New Orleans Hornets.
The first installment was Lebron’s television special. This season’s “Melo-Drama” was the sequel. Now, Chris Paul is threatening to turn it in to a trilogy. These aren’t movies, instead storylines from individuals that steal the spotlight in the NBA away from actual basketball. Seemingly every season a new one emerges. Even before Lebron, there was Kobe demanding to be traded. The latest controversy is with Chris Paul. In a phone interview with the Associated Press, Paul said signing with Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats when he becomes a free agent in 2012 would “definitely be something to think about.”
What Paul should be thinking about is New Orleans’ upcoming playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs. While Paul did say that he was focused on winning a championship with the Hornets, it was more than evident that the playoffs weren’t the only thing on his mind. While CP3 is free to consider signing with whomever he wishes, one can’t help but question the timing. As much as Paul says he will focus on the moment and just play basketball; it is hard to imagine that he will be able to. He may have every intention of staying true to his word, but if we learned anything from the Carmelo Anthony saga it’s that the media may not let him.