He left when times got hard
The New Orleans Hornets didn't have an owner when he left. Think about that for a second. And the guy re-signed with the Hornets when we were a promising young(ish) organization with DWest and TC. I have my qualms with CP3, but his priority is winning a championship (well, behind $, not saying he'll go play for the Heat for the MLE or something). And I truly believe that he likes NOLA. Not saying he'd prefer NOLA over NYC or LA, but if he thought he could win a championship here and get a max deal, he would be happy to come back.
On that note, I put his odds of being a Hornet next season at around 5%. Wouldn't be my life against it, but it would certainly surprise me. If Gordon and Davis get healthy, the Hornets make the playoffs, and they're competitive in the first round despite being young as frick, those odds go up to 15-20%. Seriously, you can't get a much better group of complimentary players for CP3. A 20ppg SG that can defend and create his own shot (something he's never had in the NBA), a Peja type player that actually adds another element (Ryno + rebounding), and the best young prospect since Lebron/a guy that he assraped the world with in the Olympics, trossing alley oops to left and right. With Wade breaking down, OKC trading Harden away, and Amare being a poon, that has potential to be the best big 3 in the NBA, and Ryno would probably blow away any other "4th best player on the team" in the NBA.
I don't think anyone can deny that CP3 + a healthy EG + (an even better) Davis + Ryno + a solid bench (Vasquez, Smiht, hopefully an improved Rivers) would make up for a team that could compete for a championship. Better than Miami/OKC? Probably not, but that team is insanely young and would only get better as long as they're together.
This post was edited on 11/30 at 1:36 am