Wednesday, 23 June 2010 17:41

New Orleans Hornets Owner Shinn, Chouest Want Chris Paul

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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.”

PAUL WANTS TO STAY IF....: Chris Paul said earlier Wednesday that he's open to a trade if the Hornets aren't committed to winning championships.

"My first choice is to be in New Orleans," said Paul who is in London promoting his Jordan Brand sneakers.  "I'm watching try to figure out what they've going to do to put themselves in a position to win championships. I'd love to be part of that stuff."

by Ed Staton

Bayoubuzz Staff

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