clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Chris Paul Trade Rumors: Clippers Prefer Keeping Team Intact, NBA Trying To Revive Talks

The Los Angeles Clippers have been pushed too far when it comes to the Chris Paul sweepstakes. The NBA (who owns the New Orleans Hornets) doesn't seem to be done when it comes to reviving this deal.

The Clippers balked at the price tag the NBA was setting for Paul, which included giving up a number of draft picks, Eric Bledsoe, Chris Kaman, Eric Gordon, and Al-Farouq Aminu. It was too much for the Clips, who are trying to rebuild the franchise around Blake Griffin and make them a viable playoff team; losing all those players probably cancels out the merits of the Paul trade.

Vp of basketball ops, Neil Olshey, comments on Paul rumors. "we felt it was in the best interest of the team to keep this roster intact".
Dec 12 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

The league isn't quite yet willing to let this deal die though. They know the longer that Paul stays in New Orleans, the greater the embarrassment becomes for the NBA that they can't move a superstar on the team they own. It could threaten to undermine the entire 2011-12 season with the controversy it creates. Which is why they're not ready to quit on making a deal with the Clippers.

A person in contact with executives involved says league office is trying to revive Chris Paul-to-Clippers talks.
Dec 12 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply


One has to wonder when the madness will end.

To discuss the Clippers, check out Clips Nation. To discuss the Hornets, head on over to At The Hive.