Los Angeles Clippers Submit Trade Deal for Chris Paul to NBA
Updated - 10:06 AM: According to Yahoo! Sports, Clippers guard Eric Gordon is not part of the deal that could send Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers.
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ESPN's Chris Broussard, however, remains firm on his earlier report that the emerging star is in fact a part of the deal. According to Broussard, the Clippers do not want to upset Gordon if a deal for Paul falls through.
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Original - 9:23 AM: The Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly submitted a deal to the NBA that would result in the acquisition of New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul, a source has told ESPN.com.
The trade would reportedly send emerging star Eric Gordon, front court players Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu, as well as the Minnesota Timberwolves’ first-round pick in 2012 to the Hornets in return for Paul. Sources have told ESPN that as part of the deal, Paul would agree to pick up his player option which would keep him in Los Angeles through at least 2012-13.
The disgruntled Hornets guard has been a focal point since the NBA has re-allowed transactions following the end of the NBA lockout. The 26-year-old guard has made it clear that he would like to leave New Orleans, however a deal for the former Rookie of the Year has been hard to come by. The Los Angeles Lakers had twice agreed in principle to a trade with the Hornets and the Houston Rockets for a three-team trade that would allow Paul to team-up with fellow superstar Kobe Bryant, but those deals were nixed by the league.
The Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks have also expressed interest in the services of Paul, however neither team was able to put together a package to acquire him. Since being drafted No. 4 overall by the Hornets, Paul has been an All-Star four times and has finished in the top-five in MVP voting twice. In 2007-08 and 2008-09 he led the league in assists, and in 2005-06 he was named the NBA Rookie of the Year.