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Clippers-Hornets Chris Paul deal is 'dead'

Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:00 am
Edited on: December 12, 2011 2:22 pm

By Matt Moore

2:25 p.m.: Ken Berger of reports that the deal has "died" according to a source. The consensus among reports is that the league demanded too much. At this point it's unclear what exactly they're looking for since any combination on the table was good enough to justify the trade. The nonsense continues. 

1:52 p.m.:
Now, just like that, according to multiple outlets, the deal is pretty much off. Apparently the NBA's asking price is just far too steep for the Clippers.

10:10 a.m.:
And the confusion continues. Yahoo now reports Gordon is not included in the deal, as the L.A. Times reported last night. No word on Bledsoe. 

Update 9:00 a.m.
: ESPN is reporting that A.  Eric Gordon is included in the package and B. Eric Bledsoe is not, which may cause the league to reject. Neither of these statements make sense, so something must get clarified in the next few hours. We'll keep you updated. 

The Los Angeles Times reports that the L.A. Clippers are "close" to a deal for Chris Paul, just days after talks with the Lakers fell apart and less than a week after the league rejected an offer from the Lakers agreed to in a three-way with New Orleans and Houston. 
The Clippers and the New Orleans Hornets were working vigorously Sunday night to consummate a blockbuster deal that would send All-Star point guard Chris Paul to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers' cross-town rivals, said two people with knowledge of the situation who were not authorized to speak on the matter.

The deal hasn't been completed, but both sides were in the closing stages of the negotiations.

The Clippers would send the Hornets center Chris Kaman, backup second-year guard Eric Bledsoe, second-year forward Al-Farouq Aminu and the No. 1 draft pick they got from the Minnesota Timberwolves that is unprotected in the 2012 draft, considered to be one of the best in recent years.

Clippers owner Donald Sterling and the NBA have to sign off on the deal.
via Clippers are close to deal for Chris Paul with Hornets - notes that Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe told associates that he was headed to New Orleans

A huge element here is that Eric Gordon is not included in the deal as constructed, which leads to two questions: 

A. Is that enough for the league not to block the trade?

B. How good would that team be?

In reverse, you'd be looking at the best pure point guard in the league teamed with the most devastating pick and roll power forward in the conference and a near-All-Star perimeter scorer. In, short, it's terrifying how instantly good that team gets, with DeAndre Jordan (should the Clippers match the $44 million offer sheet from Golden State) and Caron Butler (even criminally overpaid). The Clippers would shake off their reputation for once.

But is it enough? The absence of Gordon might be a deal breaker. He's a young star. Great. Excellent. Near All-Star. But not an All-Star, and not worth CP3. His absence isn't justified by his talent, but his talent might necessitate his involvement.

The deal would have huge ramifications across the league, particularly for teams like Boston and Los Angeles, both vying for the All-Star point guard. The Hornets would get the kind of package they actually need, versus the veteran platter of above-average-but-not-great, aging players they were picking up in the Lakers-Rockets tree-way. Al Farouq-Amnu is a hyper-athletic freak with polish, Bledsoe showed great flashes last year, and Kaman would serve as an excellent expiring contract at the deadline. The picks they would pick up would be in one of the best draft classes in the past decade, and they could very well end up with two top-five picks in a stellar class. A combination of Anthony Davis and Bradley Beal or Harrison Barnes, for example, could put New Orleans on the path to recovery very quickly. 

In short, both teams would win here, even if the package doesn't "seem" better.  

The only question now is if they can cross the finish line and shock the world. The Clippers are on the verge of changing the culture of the NBA with three little characters: CP3.

Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:49 pm

Clippers-Hornets Chris Paul deal is 'dead'

The league determined it was unacceptable losing its best player.  How about a prospective owner looking a player not traded for talented players and a draft pick?  Next season they get NOTHING.  So who would buy the franchise under that scenario.  No one.  This is Stern simply not wanting an NBA team in New Orleans.  There are people with local ties and money that will buy and keep this team in New Olreans, because the attendence is great and the fan base loves live NBA games.  Demps is doing his absolute best to create current and future talent for a point guard that wants out.  And New Orleans fans will say good bye if you don't want to be here. 

Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:58 pm

Clippers-Hornets Chris Paul deal is 'dead'

The facts are they had a good deal! If they don't do something they will get nothing, he will walk!  Stern is not protecting the Hornets he is plaing GOD!

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:16 pm

Clippers-Hornets Chris Paul deal is 'dead'

Just in time. I was getting pretty sick of the CP3 reference...reminded me to much of C3-PO.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:50 pm

Chris Paul deals are still pending

The lack of knowledge creates the darndest chaos and consternation around the country. 'Reporters' (are there really any such thing now?) report what some agent whispers in their ear as truth and people expect that report to actually be based on fact. Too often it is not. But that does not bother the 'reporters' for they simply vilify the nearest authority figure.

The New Orleans Hornets are an NBA basketball team to most of the country. To the folks in New Orleans they represent the city so devastated by Hurricane Katrina that hope temporarily fled the city. The NBA was the first national agency to step in and say they support New Orleans and even though the team would have to play in OKC for a couple of seasons they would return. The NBA honored that commitment. Nobody here has a better record than the NBA in supporting New Orleans. The team today has a few assets, none more valuable than Chris Paul. As the top point guard in the league (Rose is a combo guard unable to do what Paul does at point guard but better as a shooting guard) Paul's contract year has grown greed as Paul asked for a trade and the team has endeavored to provide one. They have until the trade deadline in February to get it done.

So far the league has represented the owner in the Hornets activity. Suffice it to say that the trades deemed acceptable to GM Demps were not at all what the league believed the franchise needed to rebuild from losing its best player. So the league did what any owner would do. They said no There is not point attacking the league for defending the team's future. There is no point in pretending any of this is reporting. We are all ignorant of the facts and only need to wait to see the outcome. Best for the New Orleans fans that way.

Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:03 pm

Clippers-Hornets Chris Paul deal is 'dead'

David Stern is a crook! And the NBA is a Crock!

Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:56 pm

Clippers-Hornets Chris Paul deal is 'dead'

there is something else going on behind the scenes.   First off CP3 is not that good he is an above average point gaurd but is not a superstar

Above average? 18 PPG, 10 APG amd 2 SPG? Those numbers put him at elite level, please do us a favor and stop posting.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:48 pm

Clippers-Hornets Chris Paul deal is 'dead'

It is time for CP3 to play out the year and leave this org with nothing. They are not trying to take a trade, they are trying to rob someone. stick them back.

Since: Sep 12, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:36 pm

Clippers-Hornets Chris Paul deal is 'dead'

Being a Warriors fan, I have seen them get screwed too many times in deals for the last 30 years. The Hornets should get a fair deal and not be held hostage. The franchise needs to keep its value so the league can find a buyer, and what good is giving up Paul for Joe Febeitz and a bunch of crap.

Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:25 pm

Clippers-Hornets Chris Paul deal is 'dead'

Why is Stern so against this trade?  Does he really want New Orleans to keep CP this year and lose everything when his contract ends?  I sort of understood the Lakers issue, but not even that anymore.  Maybe Stern doesn't want the NBA in New Orleans.  Keeping Paul and not getting any promising players for the future is just the ticket.  No prospective owners are going to buy that franchise knowing their All-Pro will leave and they get nothing for it at season end.  This small city team reached required attendance levels because of a fan base that loves live NBA.  Now Stern may screw them for the second time (Jazz first).

Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:07 pm

Clippers-Hornets Chris Paul deal is 'dead'

I hope it's evident enough as to who was the cause of the lockout.  I'll give you a hint, it isn't just the players.  The Hornets are ran by the league and the owners have a large say on what goes on with this team.  Wouldn't it be a wise business move to get something out of Chris Paul before he walks? At this rate the Hornets are about to hit rock bottom if Chris Paul is not traded by the end of this season.

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