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NBA, Hornets resurrect Paul talks with Clippers

Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:25 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 9:28 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver


The ceaseless on-again, off-again trade talks involving New Orleans Hornets All-Star point guard Chris Paul are reportedly back on. Monday night, round two with the Los Angeles Clippers commenced. reported that talks between the league-owned Hornets and Clippers have officially resurrected after being declared dead earlier on Monday.
After a seemingly imminent trade routing Paul to the Clippers collapsed earlier Monday, sources told that the league officials negotiating on the Hornets' behalf had aggressively re-engaged the Clippers in talks in hopes of completing a deal as soon as Tuesday.

The talks hit an impasse earlier Monday when the Clippers decided that the league's asking price for the All-Star guard was too high. But Clippers general manager Neil Olshey said Monday that the trade could be revived if some of the parameters change. And a source close to the process told ESPN that league officials also do not see talks with the Clippers as "over."

The league-owned Hornets and the Clippers could not complete their proposed Chris Paul trade because the Clippers decided the asking price was too high. The NBA remains "hopeful," according to the source, that Paul's fate can resolved "soon."
Ken Berger of reported that a source said: "The league has no choice. They have nowhere else to go."

Earlier trade talks had the Clippers sending center Chris Kaman, point guard Eric Bledsoe, forward Al-Farouq Aminu and the Minnesota Timberwolves' 2012 first round pick pick to the Hornets for Paul. Other reported versions of the trade talks also included guard Eric Gordon. The talks reportedly fell apart when the Clippers felt NBA commissioner David Stern, who possesses final authority on personnel moves for the Hornets, was asking too high a price for Paul.

Some variation of the reported package would give the paper-thin Hornets multiple players to plug in as starters plus an excellent building block chip in the 2012 pick. The Clippers are looking to find a premier perimeter player to pair with forward sensation Blake Griffin, recently re-signed center DeAndre Jordan and, ideally, retain Gordon, who is a potential future All-Star at shooting guard. 

The Clippers also claimed veteran point guard Chauncey Billups in an amnesty bidding pool on Monday.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:10 pm

NBA, Hornets resurrect Paul talks with Clippers

It would not be for 1 year the deal is also contingent on cp3 signing his extension and not opting out of his last year. so its a 2 year minimum.

Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:59 pm

NBA, Hornets resurrect Paul talks with Clippers

How ironic would it be for the Clippers to overpay for Paul only to have him leave via free agency at year's end to the hated Lakers?

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:49 pm

NBA, Hornets resurrect Paul talks with Clippers

all of this talk is getting old. Just sign the free agents aqnd stop all this hype about trades. It really lets u know how boring the NBA is with no games being played.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:47 pm

NBA, Hornets resurrect Paul talks with Clippers

Stern is now trying to cover his butt. He realizes how badly this could turn out. The players are a few days away from litigation. He has done irrepairable damage to the flagship franchise the Lakers who at times have carried the league. He has damaged Houston. Now he is trying to close a worse deal with the Clips just to save face.

 I have become convinced that STERN neither cares about the game nor does he really understand the game. Every decision made has been all about quantity of money and control and has nothing to do with concern for any type of quality. 66 games? 7 games in 9 nights? Voiding a Laker trade on behalf of Commissioner Gilbert? It is all too much and I hope this guy soon finds himself on the outside looking in.

Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:45 pm

Clippers going to feel a pinch

They over the cap now which means Gordon is going to be a vulnarable RFA (he'll be a Suns target with their massive 2012 cap space). I'm not sure Sterling is going to maintain over the cap salary. Clips could just pass on Paul and Paul remains with the Hornets and then Paul signs with the Suns in the summer with the hope of luring D12 with him with Suns cap space and already exisiting talent (best NBA 3 point shooter in JD) and league best trainers.

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:44 pm

NBA, Hornets resurrect Paul talks with Clippers

No kidding?  Maybe it was never off? 

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