Paul Open To Trade But Hornets Owner Shoots Down Rumors

February 24, 2010 Milwaukee, WI. Bradley Center..New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul shoot around before the start of the game, Paul has been out for several games now from left knee injury..Milwaukee Buck won over the New Orleans Hornets 115-95. Mike McGinnis/CSM.

Chris Broussard of reports Chris Paul is open to a trade.

“I’m fine with staying in New Orleans, but I want to make sure we’re committed to winning,” said Paul, whose been lauded for the community work he’s done in New Orleans. “I don’t want to rebuild. I want to win now. It’s nothing personal against the city. I love that city. But my biggest thing is winning.”

Broussard also has an interesting quote from on Eastern Conference higher-up.

“If George Shinn can’t sell the team, I think Chris Paul will be traded,” an executive from an Eastern Conference team said. “Shinn’s strapped for money. He’s going to have to move him.”

You can find that story here. Hornets’ owner George Shinn made a statement today concerning the future of Paul.

“The resolve that my partner Gary Chouest and I have will always remain the same – to continue to build our legacy in New Orleans, and to develop a path and plan to win an NBA Championship for New Orleans and all of Louisiana. We are about building and sustaining a winning tradition.”

“Chris Paul is the cornerstone of our franchise and brings us unequaled support on and off the court. We will continue to build around Chris Paul, and we want to see him in a Hornets uniform for the remainder of his career. We have an exciting future, and with the leadership of our new head coach and players like Chris Paul, we know the best is yet to come. We plan to take advantage of any opportunities to improve our team.”

It’s unlikely Paul is even available but when it comes to a player of his caliber, it’s worth keeping an eye on.

(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger and a contributor on the Fansided Front Page. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Twitter to follow him daily and you can get the HTD app here).

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