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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. Andee - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Marking the first time Donald Sterling has ever given away too much.

    • therealhtj - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:13 PM

      No worries, two years at death camp Sterling, and CP3 will be begging for a one-way ticket to anywhere.

  2. narrabeen23 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Bad trade for the Clippers, but at least we’ll get to see Paul-to-Griffin alley oops for the next two years

    • trbowman - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:40 PM

      Quite a haul they gave up, but CP3 is one of those players that’s worth it. This is the type of deal that’s good for both sides.

      • narrabeen23 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:47 PM

        A dude with knee issues going to the Clippers? I know how this one ends…

  3. Rish77 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    It would have been nice if they kept Eric Gordon, but CP3 with Blake and DeAndre will be lethal.. Now they have to trade Billups/Bledsoe/ or Mo Williams for a SG or SF and they will be all set.

    • philliesnuts - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:09 PM

      Can’t trade Billups because he was amnestied but I totally agree that they should move Mo Williams but not Bledsoe just incase CP doesn’t resign you’ll have a young PG learning from two of the best (Billups and CP) and on another note I keep forgetting the Clippers also signed Caron Butler, they look like a playoff team

  4. bhester1906 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Where’s Dan Gilbert when you need him?!?!?

    • closetnerd77 - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:29 PM

      he’s too busy spending the extra money that the Lakers forks over to the small market teams like his.

  5. captainwisdom8888 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Once upon a time…CP3 to Tyson Chandler was considered the best alley-oop in basketball. Griffin is about to team up with this guy to create the most lethal alley-oop in NBA history.

    • alleymidas - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:51 AM

      IN MY HUMBLE OPINION I THINK ITZ RATHER PREMATURE TO SCORE DUO ON A SCALE OF ONE TO TEN. I MEAN THE FACT THEY ARE BOTH ACES DOSNT GUARANTEE THEIR PERFECT COLABO. YEAH, I HOP THEY GET ON IT PRETTY FAST BUT WE SHLD WAIT TO SAVOUR THE THRILL.

  6. trey14jewels - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Lakers’ fans can commence their crying.

    • cosanostra71 - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:06 PM

      Whatever. He ended up in LA at the end of the day, and it’s not like any Lakers fans care about the Clippers one way or another.

      • closetnerd77 - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:31 PM

        what’s ironic is i that those same owners that nixed the last trade just made it so that all the talented free agents will want to go to LA either to the Clippers or Lakers.

  7. goforthanddie - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Is that really better than what LAL offered? Not IMO.

    • trbowman - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:42 PM

      Yes. It’s not even close.

    • david8726 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:42 PM

      You can’t know if it’s better until we know how high the wolves pick is gonna be.

      If the Wolves are an epic-fail team this year and that pick ends up being top 5, then this deal is definitely better than what the Lakers offered.

      • cosanostra71 - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:05 PM

        It could end up being better if the pick is top 10 but even then you have to hope the prospect pans out. The Lakers/Rockets trade would make the Hornets a much better team in the here and now. I would be surprised if Kaman played over 50% of the season- they already have Okafor too, and their starting PG now is Jarrett Jack, which will be brutal. Gordon is a very good player but I don’t know if he is a franchise player.

        Okafor
        Odom
        Ariza
        Kevin Martin
        Dragic

        In my opinion, that is a playoff squad.

        Okafor
        Landry
        Ariza/Aminu
        Gordon
        Jack

        I don’t see that as a playoff team. It’s sort of like last year’s Clippers team only with a worse frontcourt. We’ll see though. At least CP3 ended up in LA rather than the Celtics.

      • closetnerd77 - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:33 PM

        the wolves made all the right moves this off season…they’ll be better and probably a playoff team while teams like the Suns will be long and forgotten…I feel for you Nash!

      • mashoaf - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:40 PM

        When’s Nash getting traded to the Lakers? The Suns always need money.

    • yournuts - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:36 PM

      Much better.

    • Josh Perez - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:25 AM

      Although a good offer is still not better than the one LAL offered. Meaning it was all about LAL not getting CP3.

  8. hollywood26 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    It could be interesting but they still have no wings and who knows if Butler will recover

  9. jbthedon - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Clippers gave up too much. They should have kept gordon or the draft pick.

  10. trbowman - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:41 PM

    Clippers are going to be fun as hell to watch.

    • trbowman - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:48 PM

      Too bad they don’t play on primetime at all.

      • trbowman - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:24 PM

        Except Christmas night. Awesome.

  11. sbxxix - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Breaking news… The NBA is no longer legitimate. Good job David Stern and Dan Gilbert. David please quit and Dan please move to the North Pole or better yet the south pole.

  12. trey14jewels - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    P.S. Billups size isn’t bad, they could start him at SG. Backcourt will be a bit undersized but a lineup of CP3, Billups, Butler, Griffin, and Jordan doesn’t sound too bad.

  13. cosanostra71 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    turns out Dan Gilbert didn’t care about losing stars to big market teams. just the Lakers. whatever though. keep crying Danny boy because LA has two teams better than you now.

    • cubalakeshow - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:52 PM

      LA always had 2 better teams than cleveland except when they had Lebron….

      • cosanostra71 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:56 PM

        True. I mostly just find it funny that Gilbert cried about it, and yet he still went to a big market team. Obviously I would have preferred for him to go to the Lakers, but I’ll take having two quality teams in LA for once.

      • cosanostra71 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:57 PM

        I’m also waiting to see how Sterling screws this one up.

      • cubalakeshow - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:39 PM

        yeah true say and let’s hope he doesnt! haha

  14. mvpolamalu - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Sorry, dont think this is a fair trade due to “basketball reasons”

  15. harrcwwh - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Looks like David Stern knew what he was doing. All these big-market-media-biased talking heads up in arms over the “travesty” that the great LA Lakers franchise were denied another superstar. Gordon, Kahman, Aminu, Minnesota’s unprotected 1st Round Pick and two more 2nd Round Picks is an avalanche of young promising talent coming toward the rebuilding hornets. Far better than Odom who has maybe one or two good years left and Gasol who is not getting younger. Memo to everyone who was bitching about Stern’s actions. If you are so upset that he was allowed to do what he did, then implore the NBPA to negotiate that power away from him in the next CBA.

    • david8726 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:55 PM

      This deal doesn’t justify Stern’s previous actions.

      Yes, Stern succeeded in getting a better deal for the Hornets, and that’s a good thing. Still, his actions in blowing up the LA / Houston / NO trade was an unprecedented abuse of power that was done for all the wrong reasons.

      • jvnyj - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:27 PM

        I can’t believe people think the Lakers deal was a good one, you are all insane. It was horrible. Odom, Scolia and Martin make a less deep version of last years Rockets who missed the Playoffs with a hall of Fame coach. People ride the Lakers **** and love hating Stern. Not that I am a stern fan but the first deal leaves the Hornets a perpetual 8th seeds, the Bobcats with Wallace and SJ, etc. This is a FAR, FAR, FAR superior deal for NO and anyone who cant see that is a fool.

      • yournuts - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:42 PM

        No way Jose. He did the right thing. This is a much better deal for the Hornets. MUCH. David stoped a bad trade for aging players for a Franchise player. Only Laker fans think they got screwed and David Stern had abused his power. It looks like he turned around and got a good deal for the Hornets now.

        Now where are the haters of David Stern that he proved to be one smart cookie?

      • david8726 - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:04 PM

        Yournuts,

        You’ve bought David Stern’s lies hook line and sinker if you truly believe he stopped the Lakers trade just because he wanted to get a better deal for the Hornets.

        We already know for a fact that isn’t true. He stopped that deal because small market owners complained about a big market getting another star. Every reporter covering this thing has confirmed this.

        And it’s not just Lakers fans upset who were upset about this. If you’ve paid any attention to this story throughout the week, you’d know that people across the country were extremely angry about how Stern handled that situation. It was a gross abuse of power by him done for all the wrong reasons.

        And by the way, the consensus is that the Lakers trade offer was NOT a bad deal, so stop saying that was a “bad trade.” GM’s around the league were giving Dell Demps a pat on the back for negotiating that initial trade.

        The current deal MAY turn out to be better, but that’s hardly a guarantee. Eric Gordon is obviously a lock to be very good, but the Timberwolves draft pick could turn into another Adam Morrison and Aminu may never get any better.

    • hoytdadd64 - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:08 PM

      Can you rtfs again please…the two second round picks go to the CLIPPERS along with Paul not the Hornets. Is Chris Kaman really better then any player offered in the Lakers deal? Is Al-Foroug that much better then any player offered in the Lakers deal? I beleive in the Lakers deal they were getting 4 players and a first round pick and only giving up Paul. Now they are giving up Paul and 2 second rounders for 3 players and a first. Oh yeah and do they have a full roster yet? Do they have enough players to suite up for the first game yet?

      • yournuts - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:45 PM

        Is Chris Kaman really better then any player offered in the Lakers deal? “ABSOLUTELY”

        Is Al-Foroug that much better then any player offered in the Lakers deal? “NO QUESTION ABOUT IT”

        The Lakers as a team are real good but without Kobe the players offered in the Lakers deal was peanuts for CP3. This makes much more sense fot the Hornets.

    • sonofsambowie - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:22 PM

      Agreed. Alot of people here dont seem to understand that this trade was more about attracting a new owner and giving the Hornets hope for the future than getting them a good team today.

      Stern made the right move here.

    • goforthanddie - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:40 PM

      Yeah, NO couldn’t possibly have turned Martin/Kardashian into better draft picks. Nobody in the league would’ve taken either one.

      • david8726 - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:48 PM

        Could they have turned Martin / Kardashian / Scola into a player as good and young as Gordon AND an asset as potentially valuable as an unprotected #1 from a bad team? That’s unlikely, I think.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:33 PM

        Not an unprotected lottery pick though. Try to get past all your Stern hate to realize that the other owners smashing the Lackers trade was a good thing. At the end of this season, the Hornets should be getting two top-5…top-10 at worst…picks in the deepest draft in a long time. Team don’t usually get better until they bottom out, and the Hornets are better off winning 15 games than they are finishing .500 and getting the 13th pick in the draft.

        Would they have been better THIS YEAR with the Lackers trade? 100% YES. Would they have been better in THREE YEARS with the Lackers trade? 100% NO!!!

      • mashoaf - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:43 PM

        Didn’t Kardashian just get picked up by the Mavs? Your logic if flawed.

  16. cubalakeshow - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Great trade pretty fair its CP3 people arguably the best PG in the world to now pair up with BG the Clippers just became the most exciting team in basketball to watch. They really do need another SG or SF though but either way this is an exciting tandem!

  17. thenmoveback - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    good now they can release billups and he can come to MIA

    • david8726 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:57 PM

      No, they can’t, because now they need a shooting guard. Billlups will slide to the 2.

      • cosanostra71 - Dec 14, 2011 at 7:59 PM

        I would move Mo Williams to the 2 before I would Billups. I wouldn’t want either of them as my starting SG though.

      • david8726 - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:06 PM

        Why not? Good guards are good guards. The 2-PG backcourt worked great for Dallas last year.

        Billups has greater size and strength than Mo Williams, so I think he makes more sense at the 2.

        Beisdes, since Billups can’t be traded, and because Eric Bledsoe is a young piece, they are highly likely to just trade Mo WIlliams away to fill an area of greater need.

  18. ohkhan - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    if the wolves pick is the #1 pick for the NBA owned hornets…

  19. zidanevalor - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    The Clippers can’t trade Billups because players claimed on amnesty waivers may not be traded until July 1st. So Billups is the backup PG or they move him to shooting guard somehow.

  20. brooklynbulls - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    I’ll believe the trade once I see CP3 in a Clip’s uniform. We have all night for letters, “basketball reasons”, emails etc. Not buying it yet.

  21. sonofsambowie - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    Here we go!

    I’ve said all week that David Stern knew what he was doing, and that he would do everything he could to provide the Hornets with hope for the future. I told everyone to just be patient.

    And now, it’s time to gloat.

    http://sonofsambowie.blogspot.com/2011/12/forgive-me-david-stern-at-last-i-see.html

  22. sonofsambowie - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    And gloat some more!:

    http://sonofsambowie.blogspot.com/2011/12/as-usual-david-stern-gets-last-laugh.html

    • david8726 - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:14 PM

      Still shamelessly plugging your blog on someone elses blog, I see?

      • sonofsambowie - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:18 PM

        Hardly shameless. Alot of the same people (including you) have been discussing this all week.Just wondering if you’ll admit that I knew what I waslking about.

    • trey14jewels - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:37 PM

      That’s cool, I predicted the Packers would beat the Raiders last Sunday. I guess I know what I’m talking about, so I should post links to my blog over and over again.

      If you had written anything worth reading on that blog, someone else would recommend it, and you wouldn’t have to promote it yourself. The fact that you did is all the more reason to not read it.

      • sonofsambowie - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:42 PM

        Well, that makes no sense. You are aware that everything has to start somewhere, right? Do you think Kurt had 1,000,000 hits on his first day?

      • david8726 - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:52 PM

        I guarnatee you that Kurt never went around to other people’s blogs, trying to leach off their readership by spamming links to his website without the owner’s permission.

      • sonofsambowie - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM

        Hey, if you don’t want to read them, don’t. We’re discussing a subject and my links are related to it. It’s not like I’m throwing links up for Viagra or home loans.

      • sonofsambowie - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:33 PM

        And really, this is a horrible analogy. You can go back over my posts in recent days and see that I said that stern was doing the smart thing and that the clippers would end up giving him what he wanted,

        Right on both counts. Hardly the same as picking the Pakcers to beat an injury-ravaqed .500 team, boss.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:38 PM

        To be perfectly fair, Kurt, Craig, John, and the rest of the sports are leeching off the awesome format that Mike Florio created in ProFootballTalk.com and sold to NBCsports…who then brought in all the other blogs. Not saying they aren’t talented but let’s not assume they built these blogs from scratch because they didn’t. They have the NBCSports powerhouse advertising them and the PFT.com format to make them attractive.

  23. passerby23 - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    People are talking too soon about how the Clippers have no wings. There has to be a plan in place to make this move. Billups becomes the backup PG who can also slide to SG with a small lineup alongside Paul. They will trade Mo Williams for another wing player. Bledsoe will be eased along slowly. This is a playoff team.

    Blake Griffin’s job just got that much easier having the best facilitator in the league. Caron Butler’s recovery just got a lot easier too. This looks like the new Thunder. I predict a 4 or 5 seed in the West.

  24. zacmonte - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Clippers gave away too much here. They now have all that logjam at PG behind a star, and having the deal not include Eric Bledsoe sucks for them when they get Paul in return. The Clippers shouldn’t have budged and kept Gordon. Aminu, Gordon, and Minny’s unprotected pick is just ridiculous. Hornets are the obvious big winners here.

    • closetnerd77 - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:20 PM

      not to mention they picked up chauncey billups! they’re loaded with guards ranging in the 6’1”-6’3” area….they’re going to struggle with the monster lengthy teams.

  25. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    What a joke David Stern is. How do you veto a trade agreed upon by all parties and then turn around and deal the player to another team? Whatever credibility the guy had left after the lockout is gone. What a complete idiot

    • Chris Fiorentino - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:41 PM

      If the deal is better, and it is far better for the long-term health of the Hornets, then the NBA Owners look like geniuses for not allowing the Lackers deal. The only people complaining about this deal are spurned Lackers fans. Sane NBA fans see this for what it is…a great trade. if anything, giving up both Gordon and the #1 pick is insane value for the Hornets.

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