Citing sources close to the situation, ESPN is reporting that a proposed NBA trade that would have sent Hornets’ all-star point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers is off.
According to ESPN, the original terms of the deal meant that New Orleans would have gotten second-year Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe, center Chris Kaman, second-year forward Al-Farouq Aminu and the Clippers’ 2012 first-round draft pick in exchange for Paul.
However, when the league-owned Hornets asked for guard Eric Gordon to be thrown into the deal, the Clippers ultimately decided the NBA’s asking price for CP3 was too high.
“People close to this trade, and even around the league, think the league is driving such a hard bargain because they really do not want to move Chris Paul outside of New Orleans,” ESPN’s Chris Broussard opined Monday on air hours before the NBA announced its decision.
The recently failed Clippers-Hornets trade marks the second time in five days, a deal involving Paul has fallen through.
Last Thursday (December 8) the Lakers were on the verge of landing the coveted Hornets point guard in a three-team trade that would have sent Pau Gasol to Houston and Lamar Odom, Luis Scola and Kevin Martin to New Orleans when NBA commissioner David Stern nixed the trade, saying the Hornets needed “younger talent,” leaving Paul looking for another team.
Chris Paul, 26, has spent his entire NBA career with the Hornets after being selected by the club with the 4th pick in the 2006 draft. His contract expires at the end of the 2011 – 2012 season.