I made my debut on Hornets247 this morning with a few quick answers for our 3 on 3 segment about the Hornets vs. Suns game tonight. Check it out!

It comes with great pride that I inform all of our loyal readers that, almost exactly a year to the day that HoopDat was created by Andrew and myself, the site has gotten a “promotion” of sorts. I have been invited to join Hornets247, the official Hornets blog for ESPN.com, and will begin writing for them. In addition, I also plan on contributing Saints content to Saints247, currently operated by one of the existing members of Hornets247. Don’t worry, though; every time I write something for H247 or S247, a link will be posted here. You’ll be reading the same content that you were used to reading on HoopDat, except it will now be featured on those two sites instead.

I am joining a truly great team over at both sites, and am very excited to become a part of it. I also want to thank all of you; without HoopDat’s fantastic following, I would not have achieved as much success as I have experienced in just my first full year of sports writing. Please sign up for Hornets247  and for Saints247 as well, and keep giving your own feedback, as all of your opinions are very important as well! You can follow Hornets247 on facebook and on twitter, as well as Saints247 on both facebook and twitter. I’ll see all of you over there!

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I posted a brief column yesterday evening just a couple hours after the Chris Paul trade news broke on At the Hive. In the post, I discuss the players that the Hornets received by trading Paul, as well as what the deal likely means for New Orleans both in the short-term and the long-term. Check it out, sign up for At the Hive if you haven’t already, and join the 175-comment discussion going on in the comments section about the trade!

Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports has just reported that Hornets’ point guard Chris Paul has informed team officials that he will not be returning to the Hornets after his contract expires, and wants to be traded to New York. More on this as it becomes public, but suffice it to say that Chris Paul’s New Orleans Hornets career will not stretch beyond this season at the latest. The odds of him being traded to New York, however, are incredibly slim, due to the simple fact that the Knicks have nowhere near the available assets that would make a deal worthwhile to New Orleans. No matter how this situation plays out, however, it is obviously terrible news for the Hornets, although not entirely unexpected.

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