Will Winning Help Hornets Keep Chris Paul?

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

The New Orleans Hornets are off to an impressive 4-0 start, if this continues will it be enough to keep Chris Paul in town? I think it’s definitely possible. The reason I’m talking about it today, is the New Orleans Times-Picayune has a video mailbag up where they talk about this.

Will Chris Paul be happy with the New Orleans Hornets? Video mailbag

The key in the conversation to me was where they said Chris Paul is currently happy. The Hornets are playing well and who wouldn’t be happy when your team is winning?

Paul wanted to see an improvement and a dedication to winning, and that is what it looks like the Hornets organization is doing. There was the major four team trade that helped net the team Trevor Ariza and Marco Belinelli, two young players who have come in and given the Hornets solid minutes. Both players are currently starting but Trevor has been by far the most impressive.

Ariza, 25, is signed long term, he signed a five year deal, $33 million deal with the Houston Rockets. He’s been an absolute terror for opponents since the season started. His main purpose is to guard the other teams top scorer and provide whatever scoring he can when called upon. His numbers this year are pretty impressive, in my opinion at least, averaging 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals per game.

In my opinion, the key to the Hornets’ hot start is that it’s no longer the Paul and David West show, there’s another guy teams have to account for. Ariza gives them another weapon, something that Chris wanted. Will Ariza alone, be enough to convince Paul to stay? Maybe, maybe not.

If it’s not what else can New Orleans do to improve the team? The video mentions the trading the expiring contract of Peja Stojakovic. That’s not a bad idea at all since the team doesn’t have much use for him anymore; he only plays about ten minutes a game. Would that contract and a couple youngsters be enough to get Carmelo Anthony, a player Paul really wants to play for?

Not sure, but if anything that contract can bring in a couple more solid role players to fill out the depth chart. Personally, I think a few more role players is all this team needs.

The Hornets have beaten some solid teams early on, the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs, which to me tells me they’re going to compete this year. After the off season trades this team still needs more time to get it together, when they fully do they should really be able to compete with the best in the Western Conference.

Sadly, I still don’t know if that will be enough to keep Paul…. If winning is what its about then he’ll be staying with the Hornets when his contract expires, cause this young, growing team definitely looks like it will compete for years. If its really about playing with other stars and a high profile team for endorsement money, then he’ll be leaving.

Time to see what kind of man Paul is, does he keep his word about wanting New Orleans to be a contender.

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