Shinn statement on Paul trade speculation

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
By: Jim Eichenhofer,

The following is a statement from Hornets Owner George Shinn regarding the speculation concerning Chris 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.”

Hornets mock draft updates, final version

With the 2010 NBA Draft a little more than 24 hours away, scoured the Internet to see what other websites are projecting New Orleans to do with its first-round pick (the Hornets have the No. 11 overall choice in the 2010 draft, but do not have a second-round selection).
All quotes are provided by the respective websites. Here are the players each website is projecting the Hornets to select with the 11th pick: Xavier Henry, Kansas
“Henry may not be able to create his own shot, but isn't that what Chris Paul is for? The chronic back problems of Peja Stojakovic have left the Hornets desperate for a wing scorer, and Henry has range out to the three-point line to go with the intelligence to pass and defend within the needs of the team.” Gordon Hayward, Butler
“The Hornets have a new head coach, and job No. 1 is filling a pretty large hole in their frontcourt. The Hornets have Emeka Okafor and David West and not much else. However, the choices of Aldrich and Patterson haven’t blown the team away. Both players do not have the sexy upside of other players in the draft. That could lead the Hornets to the wing, where they eventually have to replace Peja Stojakovic. Hayward has the raw abilities to be a terrific 3 someday. While he struggled with his shot last season, teams think he will adapt well at the next level and has a chance to be a star.”

ESPN (magazine): Hassan Whiteside, Marshall
Quoting Darren Collison: “We’re deep in the backcourt with Chris Paul, Marcus Thornton and myself, but we need to improve our interior depth. The guy is a legitimate seven-footer and a great shot blocker [5.4 bpg, first in NCAA]. And everyone knows you can’t teach size.” Cole Aldrich, Kansas
“If the Hornets go big, the pick is expected to be either Aldrich or Patterson. Gordon Hayward could wind up here, too.”

Sporting News (magazine): Cole Aldrich, Kansas
“He’s a defensive-minded big man who can be effective offensively with a guy like Chris Paul. A scout says ‘The Hornets need to toughen up their front line. I might take Patrick Patterson, though.’ ” Xavier Henry, Kansas
“Xavier Henry’s complementary role at Kansas highlights what he brings to the table as a role player on the next level. With a host of other prospects around him, Henry wasn’t asked to take over games. Rather, he was asked to spot up off the ball and take advantage of his opportunities. Henry’s 1.012 points per possession overall seems to indicates that he played his comparably small role admirably.” Paul George, Fresno State
“Paul George will most likely be picked in the mid-first round, due to his ability to stretch the defense with his deep range and quick release. He could be effective alongside a strong point guard in the drive and dish game, as well as in transition, and can fit in nicely with teams who have big men that frequently see double teams. Strong athletes who can shoot, finish and have the potential to defend are hard to come by, and could be used by many NBA teams who lack depth at the 3 position.”

Yahoo!: Luke Babbitt, Nevada
“There is a reason the Hornets overpaid for free agent Peja Stojakovic in 2006: A star point guard such as Chris Paul should be paired with a reliable outside shooter. Last year at Nevada, Babbitt shot 50 percent overall, 40 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the foul line.”

AOL Fanhouse: Paul George, Fresno State
“Paul George’s NBA calling might not quite be Shawn Marion II, but maybe the Martian version of that. George was everywhere on the court for Fresno State; whether that translates from the WAC to the NBA Western Conference is a big question, but he's a nice pickup this low in the lottery.” Luke Babbitt, Nevada
“The Hornets are set at point guard with Chris Paul, have a promising young shooting guard in Marcus Thornton, David West at power forward and Emeka Okafor at center. Small forward is a serious need due to the age and injury history of Peja Stojakovic, and if Ed Davis falls this far, the Hornets are going to throw a party. Paul George is also a guy they could target, as he appears to be everyone's favorite sleeper in this draft, but No. 11 seems a little high. Hayward would also work, but he will almost certainly be gone. That leaves the Hornets with the sharpshooting lefty, Babbitt, but there are a lot of questions about his strength and defense. We'd rather see them take George, but just don't think it's going to happen.”

RealGM: Ekpe Udoh, Baylor
“The Hornets may be unable to afford to keep David West beyond the 2010-11 season, which would make the need for a power forward all the more necessary. Udoh has been criticized for being an older prospect, but that is of course a benefit for the Hornets who are pressing to contend now.” Kevin Seraphin, France
“A terrific athlete with great upside and an intriguing jump hook that he might be able to turn to for easy buckets in the post down the road. Considering he shares an agent with past draft surprises Rodrigue Beaubois and Nicolas Batum, you can count on his stock rising by association.” Patrick Patterson, Kentucky
“Patrick Patterson enjoyed three productive and efficient seasons at Kentucky. He stepped in as the go-to guy from day one. During his junior year, he became the third and sometimes fourth option behind: John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe. Through this, Patterson still accepted his role and played very well. Patterson will be a coach’s dream.”

(Mock drafts without comments)
Hoopsworld: Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest Paul George, Fresno State