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Clippers on Chris Paul's list?

Posted on: December 11, 2011 7:50 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2011 7:55 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Chris Paul might be going to Los Angeles after all. Might even be playing in Staples Center.

No, not with the Lakers, but with their roommate, the Los Angeles Clippers. According to ESPN.com, the Clips are on a short list of teams Paul would approve of being traded to Los Angeles to team up with Blake Griffin. But that's only if the Lakers or Knicks can't swing a deal for him. Which at this point, appears unlikely.

The Lakers had a three-way deal worked out to bring Paul to Los Angeles before David Stern and the NBA vetoed it for so-called "basketball reasons." Talks re-engaged, but felt apart again Saturday night when the Hornets reportedly asked for too much. A piece in the trade, Lamar Odom, was then sent to Dallas for a trade exception, essentially busting any chance a deal would go through.

The Clippers understand though that it's a risk to trade for Paul as any team that acquires him runs the risk of him not signing an extension. He likely wouldn't sign one as under the new collective bargaining agreement rules, it's better for a player to wait until his deal runs out and sign a contract in free agency.

Interesting twist to that in this case though: The Clippers aren't asking for Paul to sign an extension yet. All they want is for him to pick up the player option on his contract for 2012-13. That would postpone his free agency one more year. And if CP3 is willing to do that, the Clippers would evidently be open to deal their top two most highly prized assets in Eric Gordon and Minnesota's unprotected 2012 No. 1 pick.

That's very important stuff.

The only way anyone can really see the Clippers landing Paul would be to part with Gordon and the Wolves unprotected pick. And if the Clips were willing to part with those, it's a very real possibility that CP3 could be headed to Clipperland sometime this week.

According to the report, the Hornets have already asked the Clippers for Gordon, Chris Kaman, Eric Bledsoe, Al-Farouq Aminu and at least two future first-round picks for CP3. That's a whole lot of cheese right there. Probably a little too steep for the Clippers, in fact.

But that's more the deal the league evidently is interested in after vetoing the original deal. The original three-way trade with Houston that brought Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Goran Dragic and Kevin Martin to New Orleans allowed the Hornets to stay competitive. This new scenario allows them to get younger and rebuild, which apparently is the league's desire.

The Clippers deal is better in my mind, but it's a matter of if the Clips are willing to pay that kind of price just to get Paul for maybe two seasons. Teaming him with Blake Griffin is of course a very exciting prospect, but Gordon is a top 10 scorer with a ton of upside still, Minnesota's pick is maybe the most valuable asset in the league (it could very well turn into Anthony Davis), and Eric Bledsoe is a promising young point guard. That's a whole lot to pay, even for a player of CP3's caliber.

If the Hornets were able to swing this deal, I would give it up to Stern and the league, because it's undeniably better. But it's a big if at this point. Mainly because we're talking about the Clippers here and the fact that Chris Paul would have to buy into them long-term. Seems pretty iffy still to me.
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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:05 am
 

Clippers on Chris Paul's list?

There is no way in hell that anyone can possibly believe that Gordon, Kaman, Bledsoe and Aminu 2 future draft picks is better than Odom, Martin, Scola, Dragic and draft pick.

Isnt Los Angeles still a big market city??  It is ok for Paul to be a Clipper but not a Laker.  Got it NBA...



Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:58 pm
 

Clippers on Chris Paul's list?

Go ahead and make this trade Clippers!! You will have NO depth.  Caron Butler hasn't played in 70 games since 2005-06. He hasn't played in 50 since 2008-09.  The last 2 years he's only played in 56 games combined!   


Relying on Caron Butler is a huge risk.  IF this trade is made, great.  Blake Griffin/CP3 are fantastic.  What else ya got??



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:58 pm
 

Clippers on Chris Paul's list?

Than Minn pick ahs a 50/50 chance of being someone special.
Should be "That Minn pick has a 50/50 chance to be someone special" (bad typing). Also I think the Clips have a little more leverage than they think, Stern won't want TWO deals to blow up involving CP3 within a week. I would tell them 3 picks and not Minn's or your walking. 



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:53 pm
 

Clippers on Chris Paul's list?

I would do this deal if I'm a Clipper only if I also got Okafur and only gave up Minn's 1st round pick, or if you don't deal Kaman. This is only a deep playoff team WITH a guy who can play center.  But although this will make the Clippers a playoff team, they will only keep CP3 for those two years. They still won't be a CONTENDER unless they win the number 1 pick and they'll most likely have to deal Minn's pick to get this deal done. By that point an older CP3 will certainly want to play for a championship, and the Knicks could have done what they need to do to clear up enough space to get him in two years.

I do think the NBA has finally gotten tough with Sterling as even though he is still cheap he's at least trying to compete.  They need to win now after years of just sucking (and costing the whole NBA revenue) and I can see why he wants Paul. If I'm the Clips I would rather give up 3 future picks and keep Minn's pick rather than give it up. Those 3 picks on a team with Paul and Blake will only be middle round picks. Than Minn pick ahs a 50/50 chance of being someone special.



Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:28 pm
 

Clippers on Chris Paul's list?

That's a terrible starting lineup. Not to mention, are they going to play the whole game? Where is the depth? Jordan already signed an offer with the Warriors (4 years 43 million) so he might be gone unless Clippers match it. Randy Foye isn't a starter. Caron Butler is a bench / 6th man guy.

That isn't a terrible lineup, what are you talking about? Depth? Like I said, they aren't gonna give up 4 guys for 1, the money wouldn't match up in the trade. They'll get some bench players from the Hornets. Not to mention, they'd still have Foye and Gomes.

Please tell me when Butler has ever come off the bench as a 6th man? He was the starting SF for Dallas till he got injured last year.




Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Clippers on Chris Paul's list?

Paul will never get a contract extension from the Clippers. As a matter of fact, Donald Sterling is the kind of owners the NBA should avoid at all costs.
He sits there and gets high draft choices every year. Then when the team looks like it might be good, he makes sure that he starts to count all his money. That way they never have to really compete and they get money from the owners who overspend. He only owns the Clippers, to make money, not to compete.
There are way to many of these owners in the league. They aren't trying to win, and that's the reason that so many players want to go to other teams. They want a chance to win.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Clippers on Chris Paul's list?

Make the trade, the Clippers have been a losing franchise for way too long. It's time to start winning, NOW! Yeah, sitting on those picks sounds like a good idea, but this is the Clippers we're talking about.

So they'd have to give up Gordan (ouch), Kaman (walking medical case), Bledsoe (won't need him with CP3), Aminu (who cares) and two first round picks (I'd talk them down to giving up just one of these picks). You get CP3 in return and probably a few other filler players, maybe even Okafur or Ariza. That leaves you with this.

PG - CP3
SG - Randy Foye/Mo Williams (they can both play PG or SG)
SF- Caron Butler
PF - Blake Griffin
C - Deandre Jordan (guarantee he resigns if they get CP3)

Not a bad lineup, but like I said, it's time to step out of the shadow of big brother. Make the trade, this would be the new Stockton, Malone. Except more atheletic and no MJ around to bogard the rings.
That's a terrible starting lineup. Not to mention, are they going to play the whole game? Where is the depth? Jordan already signed an offer with the Warriors (4 years 43 million) so he might be gone unless Clippers match it. Randy Foye isn't a starter. Caron Butler is a bench / 6th man guy. 



Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:42 pm
 

Clippers on Chris Paul's list?

Make the trade, the Clippers have been a losing franchise for way too long. It's time to start winning, NOW! Yeah, sitting on those picks sounds like a good idea, but this is the Clippers we're talking about.

So they'd have to give up Gordan (ouch), Kaman (walking medical case), Bledsoe (won't need him with CP3), Aminu (who cares) and two first round picks (I'd talk them down to giving up just one of these picks). You get CP3 in return and probably a few other filler players, maybe even Okafur or Ariza. That leaves you with this.

PG - CP3
SG - Randy Foye/Mo Williams (they can both play PG or SG)
SF- Caron Butler
PF - Blake Griffin
C - Deandre Jordan (guarantee he resigns if they get CP3)

Not a bad lineup, but like I said, it's time to step out of the shadow of big brother. Make the trade, this would be the new Stockton, Malone. Except more atheletic and no MJ around to bogard the rings.





Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:14 pm
 

Clippers on Chris Paul's list?

If the league and NO  are looking for someone to overpay, I suspect they will lose him and get nothing. This is way to much for Paul. It sets the Clips back with no guarantee that Paul stays.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Clippers on Chris Paul's list?

I really think the Clippers should stick to what they are doing, raising a young team together. Trading off 4 guys plus a few draft picks is a very steep price to pay, that would cripple them going forward. If The Clippers were smart they would stay far away from this diva.For all you know he will go to the Clippers, play half a season or a season and when it doesn't go the way he thinks it will he will be asking to be traded from there as well. There is no loyalty in pro sports anymore.


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