Hornets trade Paul to Clippers

People familiar with the deal say the Hornets have agreed in principle to deal Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers for guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman and a first-round draft choice. AP video. (Dec. 14)

NEW ORLEANS -- Chris Paul is headed to Los Angeles for real this time -- to the Clippers, not the Lakers.

The Hornets last night traded Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers for guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman and a first-round draft choice.

The deal required the approval of NBA commissioner David Stern because the Hornets are owned by the league.

Paul, 26, is a four-time All-Star who averaged 18.7 points and 9.8 assists last season, his sixth in the NBA. His move to the Clippers means he'll now be able to make alley-oop lobs to a young star famous for dunking over a car. That would be forward Blake Griffin, who averaged 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds last season, his first in the NBA.

The Hornets, meanwhile, get a prolific young shooting guard in Gordon, who turns 23 on Christmas Day and averaged 22.3 points last season. The 6-9 Aminu is a second-year pro who averaged 5.6 points and 3.3 rebounds as a rookie. The 7-foot Kaman, 29, is an eight-year veteran who averaged 12.4 points and seven rebounds last season.

As time passed, the urgency to make a deal appeared to be growing, even though Hornets general manager Dell Demps insisted Tuesday that the Hornets had no timeline and would not be rushed into a "rash decision."

Demps came close to making a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers last Thursday in which the Lakers would have sent Lamar Odom to the Hornets and Pau Gasol to Houston, while the Rockets would have sent Luis Scola, Kevin Martin and Goran Dragic, and a first-round draft choice to New Orleans.

Stern, however, told Demps to take that deal off the table because he thought the Hornets could get a better deal, both in terms of personnel and salary obligations, in exchange for their marquee player.

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