Chris Paul traded to the Clippers

Report: Chris Paul to the Clippers is happening after all

12/14/11 in NBA   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Third time appears to be the charm--Chris Paul is apparently headed to Los Angeles. ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the NBA will approve a deal that will send Paul and and two future second-round picks to the Clippers in exchange for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and a unprotected first round pick acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

What is unclear is what changed between when this same trade package was vetoed earlier in the week.

Paul had made it clear he would not sign a long-term extension with the New Orleans Hornets. His preferred trade destination, New York, wasn't going to happen because the Knicks lack the parts to pull off a blockbuster. Instead, the Hornets agreed to deal Paul to the Lakers as part of a three-team deal that was eventually killed by Commissioner David Stern. 

On Monday the Clippers and Hornets agreed to a deal, but it too was apparently shot down because the league, who currently owns the Hornets, wanted the Clippers to include Eric Bledsoe in the deal. 

When it looked like the Paul deal wouldn't happen, the Clippers signed free agent point guard Chauncey Billups, who had been amnestied by the Knicks. It's unclear what role he will play with the Clippers with Paul, arguably the best point guard in the league, on board.

In six seasons Paul has averaged 18.7 points and 9.9 assists per game. He has led the league in assists twice and steals three times so far in his career.

In eight NBA seasons Kaman averages 11.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. 

Gordon is arguably the most important cog in the trade. Last season, his third in the NBA out of Indiana, he averaged 22.3 points per game.

Aminu started 14 games during his rookie season last year out of Wake Forest, and averaged 5.3 points per game. 

Paul and forward Blake Griffin are expected to be paired to create one of the league's most exciting tandems. 
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12/16/11   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21437 respect

Tigers2010 wrote:
 You can count on that for sure. 

You know what I'm saying??  Watch some of these people scream "I'm a Clipper 4 life" or something like that...

12/16/11   |   Tigers2010   |   646 respect

RaiderSteeler15 wrote:
Expect some NBA fans to jump on the clippers' bandwagon this year...

 You can count on that for sure. 

12/15/11   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21437 respect

Expect some NBA fans to jump on the clippers' bandwagon this year...

12/15/11   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

Dan_B wrote:
 You think Billups and Paul will start?

They had better start both... their styles of play should complement eachother really well.

12/15/11   |   Tigers2010   |   646 respect

TPF_Blog wrote:
As a Lakers fan...I'm speechless.

 Awwww 

12/15/11   |   TPF_Blog   |   45 respect

Scott wrote:
 Not a bad starting five for the Clippers with Paul, Billups, Caron Butler, Griffin and DeAndre Jordan

As a Lakers fan...I'm speechless.

12/15/11   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Scott wrote:
 Not a bad starting five for the Clippers with Paul, Billups, Caron Butler, Griffin and DeAndre Jordan

 You think Billups and Paul will start?

12/14/11   |   Scott   |   53885 respect

 Not a bad starting five for the Clippers with Paul, Billups, Caron Butler, Griffin and DeAndre Jordan