Breaking news, the Los Angeles Clippers have acquired All-Star Point-Guard Chris Paul for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and Minnesota’s first-round pick, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. The League has approved of this deal effective immediately and it appears there will be few problems with this trade down the road.
-2 Future Second-Round Picks
- Eric Gordon
-Minnesota Timberwolves First-Round Pick
This Chris Paul trade saga has been drawn out for weeks now, with teams ranging from the Knicks all the way to the Warriors interested in acquiring Paul. However, the Hornets trade demands of youthful talent and draft picks has been the biggest road block for every team with only the Clippers, Warriors and maybe the Celtics being able to fufill such a demand.
The Hornets now have some kind of flexibility in their ability to rebuild. There are no guarantees that Eric Gordon stays (restricted free-agent in the future), nor is the Minnesota pick, a top-10 one. There is no pretty way about it, the years ahead will be tough. Dell Demps now has some kind of ability to build a team from the ground-up.
Implications are that once this trade is completed that the Hornets crowd numbers will suffer. This worries a lot of people, including the league. However, if a new lease is in place as well as a new owner, perhaps then fans in New Orleans will embrace this team for the long term.
For now we must say goodbye to the greatest Hornet that every was. He’s teased us for the past two years with rumours persisting over his strong desire to leave. We can always wonder why and how, but the truth is, what’s done is done. We must move on, we must rebuild.
Chris Paul was a tremendous basketball player and achieved so much in his career in New Orleans. But, like every NBA superstar currently playing, he’s fallen the way of the desire to play with All-Stars. After all, who can blame him?
Let’s count our blessings and move along, from now on we rebuild until winning a championship is done.