Listen, I don't want to talk about this. I really don't. But, like:
Chris Paul’s agent informed New Orleans officials on Wednesday that his client will not sign a contract extension and wants to be traded to the New York Knicks, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
As soon as the NBA lifts its lockout restrictions, Hornets general manager Dell Demps wants to meet with Paul and hear that directive from him.
Remind me: Did the pre-Melo hype ever get that straightforward? I'm really asking.
As the article goes on to note, this isn't nearly as simple as "okay, we'll trade you to the Knicks". The Hornets have to accept something in return, and they have the following to choose from: Chauncey Billups and his expiring contract, Landry Fields, Toney Douglas, Iman Shumpert, everybody I've ever liked on the Knicks ever, a 2044 first-rounder, Glen Grunwald's remarkably soft pocket lint, the unreleased B-side to "Go New York Go", a churro, and Renaldo Balkman.
So, uh, let's make a deal?