After days of rumor and speculation, the New Orleans Hornets have agreed in principle to a deal that has point guard Chris Paul headed to the Clippers.
Some would say it was a high price to land the all-star. The Clippers gave up guard Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, and first-round pick Al-Farouq Aminu.
The Hornets are getting a prolific young shooting guard in Gordon. He averaged 22.3 points last season. And 6-foot-9 Aminu is a second year pro who averaged 5.6 points and 3.3 rebounds as a rookie.
Commissioner David Stern approved the trade on behalf of the Hornets, a league-owned team, people told the Associated Press Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because the NBA had not ratified the deal.
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Paul, a four-time all-star who averaged 18.7 points and 9.8 assists last season, has agreed to pick up his $17.7 million option in 2013 and will consider signing a long-term extension.
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, forward Blake Griffin. Griffin averaged 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds last season, his first in the NBA.
Paul received much attention last week when the framework of a three-team trade started to take shape, potentially sending the point guard to the Los Angeles Lakers.
However, the trade was later blocked by the NBA.