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Chris Paul traded from New Orleans Hornets to Los Angeles Clippers

Dec 14, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

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The NBA has approved the trade sending All-Star point guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The trade, first reported by ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, brings guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman and a first-round draft choice to New Orleans.  Here’s what ESPN.com’s Marc Stein first reported on the trade:

The Clippers, sources said, will send guard Eric Gordon, center Chris Kaman, forward Al-Farouq Aminu and Minnesota’s unprotected 2012 first-round pick to the Hornets for Paul.

The Clippers will also receive two future second-round picks, according to sources.

A previous Clipper trade, as well as a deal three-team deal that would have had the Lakers trade away Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom to acquire Paul, were both vetoed by the NBA for “basketball reasons.”

The Hornets made out quite well in this trade — Chris Kaman is a quality center, Eric Gordon is one of the league’s best young shooting guards and was the Clippers’ best non-Blake Griffin asset, Al-Farouq Aminu is young, athletic and talented, and the Minnesota pick could be a very high one in what is expected to be in a very good draft.

The Clippers are the real winners here, though. The team can now build around two superstars, and Paul and Blake Griffin should develop great chemistry with each other instantly. The uber-athletic DeAndre Jordan, who the Clippers recently re-signed to a new contract, should also benefit tremendously from having Paul to feed him the ball.

The Clippers now appear to have a surplus of point guards — Paul, Eric Bledsoe, Chauncey Billups, and Mo Williams are all on the roster — and a lack of wing players with Gordon and Aminu gone, even though they signed Caron Butler to a large contract this off-season already. We’ll see what Clippers GM Neil Olshey does about that situation going forward, but for now, the Paul/Griffin combination is enough to make the Clippers more exciting and relevant than they’ve been since…well, ever. The Chris Paul situation was a fiasco this off-season, but it will likely be quickly forgotten when the first Paul-Griffin alley-oop is thrown down next year.

  1. closetnerd77 - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    Chris Paul is a great pick up but they don’t have any reliable or athletic shooting guards.
    Mo Will is going to have a hard time coexisting with CP3 because of his “I’m the star” personality!
    It’s hard to see this team scoring over 100 unless Deandre J starts stepping up on the offensive side or they start stopping teams on the offensive end.
    The Chris Paul and Blake Griffin combo is nice
    but you’re going to need alot more pieces…go ask John Stockton and Karl Malone.

    • sonofsambowie - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:30 PM

      Well, I have a source that tells me Mo Williams is already on the move for either a 2 or a big.

      • closetnerd77 - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:37 PM

        well that’s good news for the Clipps for sure…if not…Deandre J is going to have plenty of fun with 38 plus mins per game! If Dalembert is still out there they might want to pick him up. for 2′s maybe jamal crawford if they think he’ll be a fit to what they’re doing over there.

    • jvnyj - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:35 PM

      like he had a hard time co-existing with Lebron when they were winning 60 plus in Cleveland. LOL.

  2. rorybreaker1 - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Now they will go pick up Nick Young who will head back to LA and have one hell of a group of scorers….

  3. danielwold - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    how come nobody is mentioning CP’s free agency. what if he doesn’t re-sign and your future is gone? don’t like this trade in terms of management decision. it will be extremely entertaining however and now the world will really get to see Paul’s talent.

    • cubalakeshow - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:25 PM

      I dont recall how but I saw a video on ESPN that says he has to stay with the clippers for 2 years not sure how and I’m too lazy to find the link but yeah 2 years he’ll be a clipper at least

  4. chadinkc30 - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    WHEN DID ERIC GORDAN BECOME A STAR? THIS IS BEYOND CRAZY THAT HE IS CONSIDERED A HUGE PIECE IN A TRADE, DID YOU NOTICE THE EXCELLENCE IN HIM? I CONSIDER MY SELF AN AVID NBA FAN AND I DIDN’T NOTICE IT…. AM I THE ONLY ONE THAT THINKS THIS TRADE IS BAD?FIRST ROUND PICKS HAVEN’T EXACTLY AMOUNTED TO ANYTHING EITHER,U WANT ME TO GO THROUGH THE LAST 5 YEARS OF DRAFTS???????

    • david8726 - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:10 PM

      I YELL ALL THE TIME! I’M STEVEN A SMITH, EVERYTHING I SAY IS IMPORTANT!

  5. cluelessdufus - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    the way the trade looks it looks like a steal this his just a steal but atleast for the hornets that pick is the timberwolfs and its unprotected so they wolfs could have the first pick and it would be the hornets pick for the future star such as jared sullinger or austin rivers

  6. chadinkc30 - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    ARE THE WOLVES A BAD BAD TEAM? IM GUESSING #10 PICK, WHAT’S THAT GONNA BE EXACTLY? LETS LOOK AT THE #10 PICKS FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS…………….NOT GOOD!

  7. jbthedon - Dec 15, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    You can bet the house that the draft pick that the Hornets got will be the number 1 pick.

  8. isujames - Dec 15, 2011 at 1:53 AM

    The clippers gave up to much for this guy and to make matters worse there is no way he will sign a lengthy contract with them.

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