On the move: Chris Paul to L.A.


The Chris Paul saga is finally over. It was announced Wednesday night that the New Orleans Hornets and the Los Angeles Clippers have reached an agreement on trading the star point guard, Paul, to the Clippers in exchange for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, and Al Farouq Aminu and the Minnesota Timberwolves unprotected 2012 first round pick.

Paul is on his way to Hollywood

The Clippers will receive Paul and two second round draft picks from the Hornets. This deal comes nearly a week after Paul was reported to go the Lakers, sending Lakers power forwards Pau Gasol to the Houston Rockets and Lamar Odom, along with Houston’s Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, and Goran Dragic, to the Hornets. Also, this deal comes nearly two days after the Clippers claimed Chauncey Billups off waivers from the New York Knicks.

In my opinion, the Clippers would have been just fine without Paul. Billups is still more than capable of playing at a high level. So, with the Clippers acquiring Paul, they now have four point guards (Paul, Billups, Mo Williams, and Eric Bledsoe). I have a feeling that David Kahn might be the new general manager of the Clippers, with having all these point guards. They will, in no way shape or form, play four point guards. My gut feeling is that someone is on the move. Bledsoe has the most trade value at this time, because Billups is past his prime and has a big contract. Williams could also be moved. He is 28 years old and can help a team that is in need of a point guard. I don’t know if Billups will be accepting of taking a back seat to anyone, even at this stage of his career. I know he still has some game left in him and, he too, can help out a team that is lacking an experienced point guard. I have a feeling that he might end up in Miami or with the Lakers before this is all said and done.

Let’s compare lineups, with and without Paul on the Clippers:

With

PG: Chris Paul

SG: Randy Foye

SF: Caron Butler

PF: Blake Griffin

C: DeAndre Jordan

Without

PG: Chauncey Billups

SG: Eric Gordon

SF: Caron Butler

PF: Blake Griffin

C: Chris Kaman

Now, I don’t know about you, but I like the lineup without Paul. Their overall team is better. Without Paul and with Kaman, Gordon and Faruoq Aminu, that gives the Clippers a better team. Their bench would consist of (Mo) Williams, Randy Foye, Aminu, Ryan Gomes and Jordan. They still have Bledsoe, who might get more tick than Williams this season.

With Paul, their bench doesn’t become as strong. They would have to move Foye into the starting two-guard spot, Gomes would back up Butler, forcing rookie power forward Trey Thompkins into the rotation and Jordan enters the starting rotation at the center spot.

I am all for improving a team, but when you have to pay a steep price, like Kaman, Gordon and Aminu along with a guaranteed lottery pick, for a player that might not re-sign with you next season makes no sense to me.

With that being said, it will be fun to watch Paul throw alley-oops to Griffin, even if it’s only for 66 games and maybe the playoffs.

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