A week after NBA Commissioner David Stern killed a deal that would send Chris Paul to the Lakers, the Hornets have worked out a deal to send the disgruntled star to the LA Clippers. The Clippers will send guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman and a first-round draft choice to the Hornets; the Clippers may be receiving 2 second round draft picks in 2015.
The deal is still pending the approval of the commissioner, as the Hornets are owned by the NBA.
Paul, 26, averaged almost 19 points and 10 assists per game last season. The assists will continue to come, as he’ll feed the ball to new teammate Blake Griffin.
The Hornets got 3 solid players, with Gordon being the key to the deal. Gordon averaged just over 22 points per game last season. He’s a restricted free agent after the season, but it’s expected that he’d be interested in an extension.
Last week, the Hornets had agreed to a deal that would send Paul (Hornets) to the Lakers, Pau Gasol (Lakers) to the Rockets, and Lamar Odom (Lakers), Luis Scola (Rockets), Kevin Martin (Rockets), Goran Dragic (Rockets), and a first-round draft pick (Rockets) to the Hornets. Stern vetoed the deal, which brought the NBA criticism from the players, analysts, and fans. His reasoning: he believed the Hornets could have gotten better players with more salary relief.