Chris Paul Trade Deal With Clippers

Chris Paul Trade – The Los Angeles Times reported late Sunday that the Clippers are close to landing one of the biggest stars in the franchise’s 40-year history in a trade for All-Star point guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets.

The Hornets would receive much-needed size in 7-0 center Chris Kaman (12.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg), a promising second-year point guard in Eric Bledsoe (6.7 ppg, 3.6 apg, 1.1 spg), an athletic second-year small forward in Al-Farouq Aminu (5.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg) and the Clippers’ unprotected 2012 draft pick via the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to the Times.

Paul, who is slated to become a free agent after 2011-12, will make $16.3 million this season. He asked for a trade to the Lakers a week ago because he wouldn’t sign an extension to stay in New Orleans. That deal also would’ve involved the Houston Rockets, but it was rejected by the league which owns the Hornets. The Lakers then backed out of reworking it for Paul.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was one of the owners who objected to the three-way trade because it was loaded with aging veterans with lengthy contracts and lacked building blocks for the future. The possible deal with the Clippers would appear to address those concerns.

The Clippers aimed for Paul when teams were allowed to begin talking with players’ representatives on Dec. 2. They quickly fell out of the running but re-emerged.