Chris Paul The Clip
According to ESPN.com's Mark Stein, the Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a trade with the New Orleans Hornets involving star point guard Chris Paul. The deal, expected to be approved by league officials tonight, puts an end to the strange trade saga that began last week with the Hornets rejecting a trade they once agreed to.
The Clips, according to the source, are sending guard Eric Gordon, center Chris Kaman, forward Al-Farouq Aminu and the Timberwolves unprotected 2012 lottery pick. Two future picks are involved as well.
Paul, the 4x All-Star and 2009 NBA first team, is thought to be willing to play for the Clippers through at least the 2012-13 season. He has the right to become a free agent this summer, but it's hard to believe the Clippers would give up this amount of assets without at least a two year window with one of the premier point guards in the league.
Los Angeles will pair Paul with rising star Blake Griffin, emerging center DeAndre Jordan, and a slew of veteran role players. New Orleans will try to entice a prospective owner into purchasing a team full of young assets like Gordon and Aminu, a potential high lottery pick, and my facebook friend Cardell "Squeaky" Johnson.
Chris Paul has finally landed in Los Angeles, despite David Stern's best effort to keep him out.