According to multiple sources, Chris Paul will FINALLY be heading to the Los Angeles Clippers in a blockbuster deal that will send Chris Kaman, Eric Gordan, Al Farouq Aminu and Minnesota’s unprotected 1st round pick for the All-Star point guard.
Eric Bledsoe, the player holding up the deal a few days earlier, will not be included in the package. Chris Paul opted into his player option assuring Clipper fans that they will see at least two years of the Blake/CP3 show.
For David Stern, this concludes a tumultuous week, a week his legacy may not recover from. Unlike the Lakers offer, the Hornets received young talent, cap relief and what may be the second biggest prize in this deal, Minny’s unprotected #1. GM Dell Demps remained professional throughout the saga and should be commended for his hardwork that ultimately netted him a sold group of young talented players.
But the winner of the deal (on paper) is the Clippers who now have the most exciting team in basketball. Griffin was a highlight reel with Baron freaking Davis throwing him the rock, I can’t imagine how Blake’s game will improve as a result of having the quintessential point guard on his squad.
The Clippers will run out a potential starting five of Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups, Caron Butler, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Mo Williams will likely be moved, perhaps for a shooting guard. The Clippers are primed for a playoff push. I can’t believe I just wrote that!
The trade comes the same day the Magic pulled Dwight Howard off the trading block, essentially pushing his moving date to the trading deadline. For the Lakers, who were reportedly back in the hunt for Paul, this offseason has to go down as one of the worst in their storied history. They lost their head coach to retirement, sixth man of the year to a trade exception, missed out on Chris Paul thanks to David Stern and now will have to wait until the trading deadline for another chance at D12.
This is a dark day for Lakerland.
The Los Angeles Clippers are the toast of the town.