From Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:
When the possibility of the Portland Trail Blazers making a bid on Paul was brought to him, a source said, Paul’s reaction was simple: Why would I want to go there if they have to trade LaMarcus Aldridge or Brandon Roy to get me? I’d want to play with those players.
Portland has bordered on tampering with Paul for two years now, and it’s never been much of a secret within the Hornets’ organization that the Blazers have gone to great lengths to make Paul aware of how badly they want him. It didn’t go unnoticed when Blazers president Larry Miller – a former Nike executive who had dealings with Paul – cozied up to the Hornets star on New Orleans’ trips to the Rose Garden. It is what it is, but most agree the Blazers have been merciless in trying to get into Paul’s ear – and those around him – to convince him to create a stir and force his way out.
And for those of you who think Woj has it out for Kevin Pritchard, he had ether for Hornets owner George Shinn, saying, “Shinn is a horrible owner, full of self-righteous blather and hollow commitments to winning.” But, man, bordering on tampering? That’s some harsh stuff. You don’t hear that sort of accusation around this league every day.
Don’t read to much into the “I’d want to play with those players” part, since I know some people will take that as Paul really wants to come to Portland and would therefore come a little cheaper for the Blazers. It’s a general statement about wanting to play with good players, not be traded for them.