Chris Paul continues to seek a new home this NBA off-season. For the second time in five days, a potential trade involving the superstar point guard has died.
According to sources close to Chris Broussard of ESPN, the Los Angeles Clippers ultimately decided that there was too high of an asking price from the New Orleans Hornets, Paul’s current team.
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The proposed Hornets-Clippers trade would have sent Paul to Los Angeles in exchange for shooting guard Eric Gordon, center Chris Kaman, and prospects Al-Farouq Aminu and Eric Bledsoe. The Hornets also insisted the Clippers include the 2012 first round draft pick they’d acquired from Minnesota.
The two sides’ disagreement over the draft pick ultimately derailed the deal. There is still no sign of whether they will resume talks at any point, but the Hornets are likely still not done trying to work a Chris Paul trade with a team that’s willing and able to part with what they are asking for.
Had the trade been completed, the Clippers would have boasted one of the NBA’s best 1-2 punches in Chris Paul and power forward Blake Griffin. Now that the deal is dead, both L.A. teams seem to need to look elsewhere for improvement.