As reported by the L.A. Times’ Broderick Turner:
The Clippers and the New Orleans Hornets were working vigorously Sunday night to consummate a blockbuster deal that would send All-Star point guard Chris Paul to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers’ cross-town rivals, said two people with knowledge of the situation who were not authorized to speak on the matter.
The deal hasn’t been completed, but both sides were in the closing stages of the negotiations.
The Clippers would send the Hornets center Chris Kaman, backup second-year guard Eric Bledsoe, second-year forward Al-Farouq Aminu and the No. 1 draft pick they got from the Minnesota Timberwolves that is unprotected in the 2012 draft, considered to be one of the best in recent years.
Clippers owner Donald Sterling and the NBA have to sign off on the deal.
Under the proposed deal, the Clippers would keep Eric Gordon. Therefore, if they match DeAndre Jordan’s offer sheet, the Clippers would be looking at a Jordan/Griffin/Butler/Gordon/Paul starting line-up. To me, that’s a playoff team. A fifth-seed even. Laker fans will protest that the Martin/Scola/Odom/Dragic/first round pick package was better, but this gives the Hornets a big expiring contract in Kaman, two young core pieces in Aminu and Bledsoe, and a potential top-5 in the deepest draft since 2008 (or maybe even 2003). We’ll keep the updates coming in as we learn new information.
This is an exciting time for the Clippers.