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It’s Official: Chris Paul to the LA Clippers

 

Just in case you were holding your breath for the C’s to take one last run at the All-Star point guard, the NBA Dell Demps came to terms with the Los Angeles Clippers tonight to deal Chris Paul for an fairly impressive package. Here’s the full scoop from Marc Stein at ESPN.com:

The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a deal in principle with the league-owned New Orleans Hornets to acquire guard Chris Paul, according to sources close to the process.

The Clippers, sources said, will send guard Eric Gordon, center Chris Kaman, forward Al-Farouq Aminu and Minnesota’s unprotected 2012 first-round pick to the Hornets for Paul.

The Clippers will also receive two future second-round picks, according to sources.

“I didn’t know it was going to happen. I was told yesterday that it wasn’t going to be done,” Kaman said. “Everybody thought it was nixed, that it was dead. Then I guess something came back up today.

“I don’t know what to expect, I don’t know what to anticipate. I’m just going to try to move forward and play basketball like I’m capable of doing.”

The deal is expected to be approved by the league Wednesday night, sources said.

Gordon found the deal “disappointing.”

Awwww, sorry Eric! Maybe Danny will sign you next year with all his cap room. While this is probably the best place Paul could have gone for most C’s fans (much better than Lakers obviously), there’s still some bad news about this transaction. What’s that you ask?

There won’t be a showdown between Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo at the TD Garden this year. Boston faces off only once with Blake Griffin and company, and that contest is at the Staples Center on Monday March 12th. Just another reason to loathe the lockout.

For now, the Rajon Rondo rumor mill can be put to rest, (until the trade deadline). The bigger question is, did the Hornets get a better haul here than they would have in the LAL/HOU three-team deal? It’s certainly a subject for debate.

  • guest

    So pumped as both a C’s and Clippers fan. CP3 doesn’t go to the Lakers and Clippers have a pretty solid team now. Would be cool to get Gordon in the future..

  • CoolB3ans

    So lets get David West now!

    • dslack

      Not possible.

      • CoolB3ans

        Not serious.

        • Zee

          You probably were though. :)

          • CoolB3ans

            I just really wanted to be

  • rondeezy

    would be sick if we can land eric gordon next summer

  • BBynum77

    The other really good question is: Is this deal really better than what the Celtics were probably offering and were certainly willing to offer?

    Fairly certain Danny would part with Rondo + Bass + two 2012 picks (their own + the Clippers pick that they received in Perk trade) + a future # 1 pick?

    They control Gordon for two years and get an uncertain prospect in Aminu + a first round pick vs. getting four years of Rondo on a reasonable contract (only $2 mil less than Jeff Green per year) + one year (maybe more) of a local legend in Bass + multiple picks. If the objective is to get as much young controllable talent as possible, then the Celtics could have easily trumped the Clippers deal.

    And for the love of God, please don't tell me Danny would have preferred to keep Rondo over Paul or that he wouldn't be willing to pay what I have outlined above. He would have without thinking twice. Seems to me that this wasn't really a trade open to the entire league.

    • I_Love_Green

      Wouldn't be able to trade Bass.

      • BBynum77

        Why not? He is not a restricted FA, we didn't just sign him we just traded for him. It is not the same as the Jeff Green scenario.

    • Mark

      You do realize the Clippers pick the C's got is top 10 protected until 2015. That is not even close to being as valuable as the unprotected Minny pick the Hornets just got. In a deep draft. With a bunch of superstars in the making.

      Also, as much as I love Rondo, he isn't close to Gordon as far as what each bring to the court. Gordon will be the best SG in the league in 2-3 years. Rondo – again I love him – is deeply flawed and until he fixes the few, but major, issues his game has he will never be a huge trade asset.

      Aminu is better than Bass and, god forbid, Danny start trading away first round picks right when the team is in the middle of the rebuilding years.

      Danny didn't have the assets. Period.

      • BBynum77

        The Los Angeles Clippers' own 2012 first round draft pick to Boston via Oklahoma City (top 10 protected in the 2012 draft, top 10 protected in 2013, top 10 protected in 2014, top 10 protected in
        Actually, the two picks are tied together, and it is VERY possible that the "Top 10 protected" pick turns out to be better than the Minny pick. The term "lesser" in the description below means lower.

        You are saying God forbid Danny trading away picks as if they are worth something and in the next breath saying that they aren't worth anything. They are worthwhile. And it is not a matter of Rondo's worth vs. Gordon's worth, but rather Rondo's worth and contractual commitments vs. Gordon's worth and contractual commitments. If it was just about talent, the Lakers trade would have gone through. But it was about CONTROLLABLE talent for a small market franchise. As flawed as Rondo is, he is also a game -changing PG on a very team-friendly contract for the next four years. While the Celtics might debate whether he is worth building around, the Hornets do not have the luxury of viewing a flawed player in the same light.

        Danny's package would have been better. Period.

        "2015 and unprotected in the 2016 Draft). In addition, if the Los Angeles Clippers are required to send their 2012 first round pick pursuant to the above and are also entitled to receive Minnesota's own 2012 first round draft, then Boston via Oklahoma City shall receive the lesser of the Los Angeles Clippers' own 2012 first round pick and Minnesota's own 2012 first round pick. [L.A. Clippers -Oklahoma City, 6/24/2010 and then Boston - Oklahoma City, 2/24/2011]"

        Read more: http://basketball.realgm.com/nba/draft/future_dra

        • Mark

          There is significantly less value in a top ten protected pick than the unprotected NOLA received from the Clippers. With the Clippers being on the verge of the playoffs, even without Paul, the picked ranked as a B-.

          You want to trade away THREE first round picks at a time when the team is rebuilding is crazy. I have no problem with them trading one but you don't dump 2 picks — MAYBE because if its top 10 the C's don't get it — in a deep 2012 draft and an additional one down — guarantee it would have been a 2014 pick because the NBA wasn't waiting around forever — the road when this team may very well be a lottery team for a few years. Trading our 2012 pick is fine because I don't see it being worse than the Clips pick. No more than that.

    • erictong

      Clippers offer is better than the Celtics. No debate. Remember, the Hornets don't want Rondo, which makes sense, consider who they have on their roster. Rondo will be useless in their lineup.

  • dtlala

    The Vujacic signing I talked about the other day for the Cs is two years, 2.5 mil (the "mini-mid"), I'm hearing. He's expected in camp by the end of the week.

    • rondeezy

      LOL. c's already used their mle

    • strips

      vujacic? at least he could shoot…c's will need everything they can get their hands on right now…STILL NO BIGS DANNY!!!

    • Ben

      I fucking hate vujacic. He's a crying bitch.

    • Mark

      I believe that Vujacic signed with an overseas team without an opt-out clause in the contract.

      Nice try.

  • I_Love_Green

    Thank god this is over!

  • dslack

    Hornets definitely got a better haul than the other trade. The other traded netted them more talent, but the principal guys (Odom, Scola, and Martin) were 32, 31, and 29, the wrong profile for a rebuilding team. The Clippers package includes a number of young players, including a good shooting guard (Gordon) and a potentially good draft pick, plus a couple other young guys.

  • pgrudin

    What effect does this have on the draft choice the Celtics got from Perkins for Green deal?

    • Mark

      The pick is top 10 protected until 2015. My guess is the C's get it this year because there is no way the Clippers don't make the playoffs.

      On second thought we are talking about the Clippers. Wait and see I guess.

  • http://twitter.com/blakakala @blakakala

    This is not good for Clippers.. 3 guys traded just for one midget!! it´s just WOW..

    • ripsonics

      last time I checked… that 'midget' was a medium good basketball player.

      And by 'medium good' i mean… top five players in the league.

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  • Mark

    I don't think its up for debate as to whether the Hornets got the better deal than the previous three team trade. They got what will be a guaranteed top 5 pick and probably top 3 (cause MInny sucks) in what everyone expects to be the deepest draft in a decade plus. For my taste Kaman and Aminu are throwaways. The steal here is Eric Gordon. Minus the college additions to the league down the road I expect Gordon to be the best SG in the league once Wade starts slipping.

  • ripsonics

    we may joke about signing EG, but that would be a great sign in my opinion. And i still hold that we have a fair shot at bringing the big man here…

    Go C's

    JEFF GREEN – FIGURE IT OUT BRO.

    • skeeds

      We might have a fair shot to bring a big man here now too, not Howard though. With Kaman's contract, the Hornets now have 5 centers on their roster, including Okafor, Mbenga, and Aaron Grey. I think they'd have no problem agreeing to a lob-sided trade (like Green for Kaman) that will still come off the books next year, and would help them more. this year. IF Green is healthy…

      • rondeezy

        how is green for kaman a lopsided trade? and greens contracts ends next year anyway so thats not an issue

        • skeeds

          money-wise. Green will make 2-3 million less than Kaman this year. Since they're both coming off the books next year, I guess both the C's would be ok with taking on a more expensive contract to solve their big man issues, and the Hornets wouldn't have a problem to trade for a player who will contribute more than Kaman would. Even though Kaman is arguably a more valuable player than Green.

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  • skeeds

    No joking at all about signing Gordon. The kid is a dynamite. Love his style, and his serious demeanor. I say we go after him hard. After all, we're gonna be rebuilding supposedly, and at 23 y/o, Gordon is as good as it gets.

  • james patrick

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  • janos

    Hi Bryan, is Janos
    Thank you post make news, is good see movement player finally! I seen Clipper ticket sell out now two premeer team in LA this year first time evers. I like see Blade come Celtics though, good jump player and most excite dunk. Miami probably top team after dust settle but Celtic show them the way to the top so no reason NBA CELTIC not win.

    I am so excite Xmas Day!

    • http://twitter.com/michaeljavid @michaeljavid

      Janos is greater than the sum of his parts

  • dasein

    are you confusing lower pick with lower number?

  • Mark

    I don't think you understand the terms. In 2012 the Clippers had two picks. Theirs and Minny's. Minny's was unprotected and got traded to NOLA. The Clippers original pick was sent to OKC — and top ten protected through 2015 — as a part of another trade and was then traded to C's as a part of the Perkins deal. THAT pick — the Clippers original pick — is top ten protected through 2015 no matter what.

    Had the Clippers not traded the Minny pick they would have automatically taken the better of the two picks and would have surrendered the lesser of the two to Boston ONLY if it was 11-32.

    Period. It isn't up for discussion. Its a fact and wasn't as valuable as the Minny unprotected pick like you think it is.

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