Thursday, December 15, 2011

It ends the saga: Chris Paul traded to the Clippers

The transfer saga of Chris Paul is over. The base and former New Orleans Hornets play the Clippers finally closed after a franchise operation with angelina in exchange for Eric Gordon, the center Chris Kaman , forward Al-Farouq Aminu and the rights of selection of the first round of drawing of 2012 through the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The agreement has been approved by the NBA commissioner, David Stern, as head of the Hornets team to be owned by the league. The Lakers were interested in trying to get back to the base of the Hornets but will not be possible.

On Thursday, Stern vetoed the first transfer agreement they had reached the Lakers with the Hornets, who were to receive the forward Lamar Odom and the Spanish power forward Pau Gasol, who went to the Houston Rockets the power forward Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic and a right of first round selection in 2012.

The Hornets were able to get younger players to trade to the Clippers, which was what Stern wanted, besides trying to give a better image for the defense that the new collective agreement was to allow greater sharing of power between 30 teams in the NBA.

The Hornets general manager, Dell Demps, in an official statement said the players had managed to present and future.

"We have players who are selected among the top eight in their respective college sweepstakes, plus two other rights we have - ours and Minnesota - 2012," Demps appreciated. "Both Gordon, Kaman Aminu as already demonstrated its kind in professional competition."

However, Gordon learned of the transfer just said he was "frustrated" because he was told he was not going to move the franchise and it would still be significant.

"Once again, in this business you never know when they tell you the truth, but I am a professional, do not hold a grudge against anyone and I go ahead with the only goal of playing basketball," said Gordon.

Paul, 26, nominated four times All-Star Game, won last season averaging 18.7 points and 9.8 assists.

Numbers lower than those obtained by Gordon, 23, who went from 22.3 points and 4.4 assists while rookie Aminu managed 5.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

Kaman, 29, is a veteran of eight seasons in the NBA and last achieved average 12.4 points and seven rebounds in 32 games played due to a left ankle injury.

Paul sees his dream of being the second largest city in the country, where it wanted to be with the Lakers, and playing with the new star of the Clippers, the power forward Blake Griffin, who look to see what they can get in the next two seasons and then decide whether to continue or enter the free agent market.

The arrival of Paul, a specialist in air pass, plus great passer of the ball can help the spectacular play and athletic Griffin, who last league, his first as a rookie, the previous low was completed with a knee injury, achieve average of 22.5 points and 12.5 rebounds.

The Lakers star, Kobe Bryant, who had also wanted to have Paul as a new partner, acknowledged that his arrival will be good for the city of Los Angeles and for the Clippers.

"It's good to see them (the Clippers) want to be aggressive and take another step in his game," said Bryant. "They have Blake (Griffin), and combined with CP (Paul) is good for having two competitive teams."

The Hornets closed the transfer of Paul, now try to find a buyer for the team also committed to keep the city of New Orleans, where this season have already achieved more than 10,000 subscribers, but it is unknown whether they will be attracted by the arrival of new players.

The departure of Paul and forward David West, who signed as free agent with the Indiana Pacers, Hornets have left no star level player and have to see how they evolve with the new faces of Gordon, Aminu, and Kaman .


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