Another day, another domino that didn't fall New Orleans' way, another reason for each sliver of hope to lessen that Chris Paul will remain a Hornet beyond the next NBA trade deadline.

As of Monday, New Orleans' Batman has no Robin.

He has no trusted sidekick, no teammate he feels nearly as comfortable deferring to when less than five seconds remain in regulation and the Hornets trail by one or two points, no peer he has seen make multiple, contested winning shots and post his numbers with machine-like efficiency.

Forget that David West didn't rule out New Orleans as he opted out of his contract and became a free agent, and the franchise's assurance that it wants to re-sign the power forward and have him retire as a Hornet.