LeBron James continues to put his fingerprints on the NBA's most-hyped offseason in history. Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote on his Twitter page Saturday that James suggested that Hornets point guard Chris Paul request a trade.
However, Windhorst added that James is urging Paul to stay in the Western Conference to make for a better rivalry.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: LeBron James is surely involved in Chris Paul's trade request.
First, James and Paul are tight. They're boys. Their boys are boys. They've surely discussed each other's situations.
Second, Paul is represented to some degree by an agency that James owns. James' business team are Paul's business team.
So they have a personal and business relationship. The lines of that relationship are blurred.
However, James shouldn't be blamed for Paul's trade request. This storm has been brewing for some time.
New Orleans is a small market, and lacks the revenue and resources to provide Paul with a reasonable supporting cast. They need time, a new owner, and a revamped Collective Bargaining Agreement to compete.
Paul and the Hornets are aware of the team's current predicament. They clashed over the firing of Coach Byron Scott. And they understand young table-setter Darren Collison is waiting in the wings.
Add it all up and a trade request was inevitable. James probably just encouraged and supported Paul to take his wishes public.
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