Save for some banter in the comments and the occasional tweet (oh, and this post from back in April), we’ve tried to treat the Chris Paul “rumors” with a healthy dose of skeptisicm here at Bobcats Baseline. As my colleague ASChin noted (biting Owen Wilson in the process): What in Jordan’s history in the front office makes you think he’s capable of something like that?
But this story refuses to die. First, Rick Bonnell elevated it from “internet rumor” to “semi-legitimate story” with this piece from the weekend that was widely linked to around the intertubes:
Chris Paul as a Charlotte Bobcat isn’t crazy. It’s unlikely. It’s undoubtedly problematic…
But it’s doable, and I’m told it’s a twinkle in the eyes of this team’s decision-makers.
I figured the resolution of the New Orleans Hornets GM vacancy earlier this week might help to calm the speculation down. Wednesday afternoon, ESPN’s John Hollinger even tweeted that Trail Blazer maniacs needed to “stop asking me about CP3. Not happening for at least a year, if ever.”
But Wednesday night CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger tossed a drum of gasoline onto the smoldering embers with this dispatch, titled “New Hornets brass already facing crisis with Paul“. An excerpt to whet your appetite for the link:
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. “He wants out,” said the person…
Now never mind that Berger also reveals that Paul’s list of preferred destinations “consists of the Knicks, Magic and Lakers.” What we Bobcats fans know that Berger doesn’t is that Paul really wants to play in his home state, for the founder of the Jumpman brand he endorses, and for Larry Brown. And that we have cap relief in the form of Dampier’s contract waiting.
And that Carmelo Anthony is coming next. For Gana Diop. To complete Team Jumpman. With World Wide Wes as special advisor.
P.S. Typing in C-h-r-i-s-P-a-u into Google gets you “Chris Paul” followed by “Chris Paul to bobcats” as the top two suggestions. Ridiculous…