The New Orleans Hornets have traded Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers, multiple sources are reporting.
Almost a week after a proposal to send Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers was vetoed by David Stern, the league finally found an offer that it deemed approvable for their young point guard. According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Hornets will acquire Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ unprotected 2012 first round draft pick and the expiring contract of Chris Kaman for Paul’s services.
The decision to finally move Paul to the Clippers comes after days of tireless back-and-forth negotiations between the league and Donald Sterling’s club. Although they originally balked at New Orleans’ hefty demands, the Clippers reportedly came back to the table when the league threatened to reinitiate negotiations with the Lakers.
Regardless of where you stand on whether or not the Clippers gave away too much for their new starting point guard, there is no denying that Paul immediately becomes the biggest star to have ever played for the frequently mocked red-headed step child of Los Angeles basketball. His brand name recognition coupled with Blake Griffin’s athleticism and promise means that L.A.’s other team can finally challenge their Staples Center counterparts for the hearts and minds of hoops fans in the city.
Even if they don't win a single game this year, that's a feat in and of itself for the Clippers.