Marc Stein of ESPN.com and Dirk-Lover’s Anonymous reports that an agreement in principal has been reached between the New Orleans Hornets and the Los Angeles Clippers. That’s of course assuming David Stern doesn’t hear about the deal and demand that the Clippers throw in Danny Manning, Ron Harper, and Mark Jackson or a super-train or a plaque engraved with jewels in his honor or whatever megalomaniac thing might strike his fancy.
The deal as reported is Chris Paul to the Clips in exchange for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Faruk Aminu, and the 1st round 2012 draft pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves, which is unprotected and likely to be a top 5 selection. I like this package much better than the several non-All Star veterans that Houston offered. This is a team with flexibility and hope for the future… you know if they aren’t dissolved.
We all know the upside for the Clippers: Paul/Griffin pick and roll. All day. Griffin should go back in time and spend the off-season watching Karl Malone film and practicing his 14 foot jumper. It’ll be very interesting to see what they can do here. Billups looks like the starting SG right now, which might not be too bad as long as Caron Butler can stay healthy and get up and down the floor. Billups will space the floor, and that’s what they need at the off-guard position.
Hope this goes through so we don’t have to hear about it anymore.
Also, does this trade make Chris Paul the devil? He left a small town for a big one, right? Isn’t that the new evil criteria? I may have this whole thing wrong.