Lawrence says an uncertain ownership in New Orleans is likely to push Paul out the door. Part of Paul's decision to stop calling for a trade had to do with the prospect of a new owner. Gary Chouest, a billionaire ship builder, wanted to buy the Hornets from penny-pinching George Shinn. But unlike Mikhail Prokhorov, Chouest didn't want to assume all the team's debt, so Lawrence reports the deal is dead.
Meanwhile, on the 'Melo front, Peter Vecsey says that deal is by no means dead, that the Nets are still pursuing Anthony and says just before the four-team deal collapsed, the Trailblazers tried to get involved, replacing the Bobcats...in hopes of getting Devin Harris.
- New Orleans Hornet instability could bring Chris Paul to Knicks or Nets - Mitch Lawrence - New York Daily News
Don't buy 'Melo spin move: Trade not dead - Peter Vecsey - New York Post