Although the Los Angeles Lakers pulled out of a proposed three team trade to acquire New Orleans Hornets All-Star point guard Chris Paul when they traded power forward Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, there is said to be a great possibility that he could end up in the “City Of Angels” after all. The “Los Angeles Times” reported late Sunday night that the Hornets and the Los Angeles Clippers are close to finalizing a trade that would send New Orleans quite a bit of young talent in return for Paul. The trade is yet to be completed, but both sides are reportedly close to signing off on the deal.
If the trade comes to fruition the Hornets would receive center Chris Kaman, reserve guard Eric Bledsoe, forward Al-Farouq Aminu as well as the Minnesota Timberwolves pick in next June’s NBA Draft. That selection is not protected, so the Hornets could find themselves with a Lottery pick. New Orleans originally wanted starting shooting guard Eric Gordon but Los Angeles refused to put him in the deal.
The Clippers are not asking Paul to sign a new contract before the trade is consummated; rather they have asked him to just pick up the option of his current contract giving him two years with the team before he could become a Free Agent. They are hoping that playing two seasons with forward Blake Griffin will give the veteran point guard to stay with the club.