Chris Paul, who was traded to the L.A. Lakers on Thursday until David Stern and the NBA league office decided to veto the deal, is not expected to show up to the opening of New Orleans Hornets training camp on Friday, reports CBS Sports' Ken Berger. Paul is also said to be considering legal options in the wake of Stern's decision to prevent the trade by the league-owned Hornets.
The Hornets have just five total players under contract for the 2011-12 season, as a full complement of incumbent players will be on the free agent market. League business officially opens at 2 p.m. ET; with the odds of a Paul trade coming any time soon now dwindled -- can you imagine New Orleans GM Dell Demps presenting another option right now? -- the franchise would seem to be in flux.
It's unclear what legal options Paul would have. He does have a nice bit of leverage in himself, though; the league sold lots of season tickets in New Orleans this year, and it'd be something else if the team can't produce its star on opening day.