Report: Clippers submit deal for Paul to NBA
Chris Paul may be headed to Los Angeles after all.
Well, the Los Angeles Clippers, that is.
The New Orleans Hornets and Clippers submitted a multi-player deal to the NBA late Sunday that would send the All-Star point guard to Los Angeles, ESPN reported.
The deal, however, already has a snag as the league – which owns the Hornets – wanted Eric Bledsoe, while the Clippers would like to keep their point guard.
New Orleans would gain guard Eric Gordon, center Chris Kaman, forward Al-Farouq Aminu and Minnesota’s first-round draft pick in 2012.
Paul was originally part of a three-team deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets, but the league nixed that proposed trade.
The three teams initially had agreed on a trade Friday that would send Paul to the Lakers for forwards Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.
New Orleans then would ship Gasol to Houston for Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic and a 2012 first-round pick.
NBA commissioner David Stern vetoed the trade, citing “basketball reasons” while denying protests from other league owners was a factor in that decision.
Paul, a four-time All-Star, is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the coming season.