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Grade The Trade: Clippers get their man, CP3

Posted on: December 14, 2011 7:53 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 1:41 pm
By Matt Moore

You only get a shot at Chris Paul once. That's it. This opportunity will not come again, and honestly, a chance at a player of his caliber only comes along once every generation. But the trade -- as reported by Ken Berger of -- that the Clippers pulled sending Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu, Chris Kaman, and a first-round pick to New Orleans for the best pure point guard in the league isn't about that. It's about what fits best with the future of the franchise. And the future of the franchise is Blake Griffin.

Sure, you want shooters for the kickout, someone to take the pressure off Griffin. But you can get those. Shooters abound. What don't abound are top level point guards who understand the pick-and-roll as well as any guard in the league. That's CP3. That's Chris Paul. Griffin will benefit more from Paul than he will from Gordon, and that was the kicker in this deal. While the haul for the Hornets is not only acceptable, but worlds better than the platter proposed in the original rejected trade, the gain for the Clippers is too great. They're in a position to win now, win in the future, win for the next decade.

CP3 traded to the Clippers

You have to keep Blake Griffin at all costs. The risk is too great that the team won't develop with Griffin, will stall out, and then watch as he departs, potentially to their neighbor at Staples. But this? This is a realignment. The Clippers have a shot, albeit a slim one, at changing the status quo that the Clippers are losers and the Lakers are winners. The Lakers didn't get Chris Paul. The Clippers did.

There's talk that Chris Paul may leave in two years (it's widely expected that part of the agreement involves Paul opting in for the 2012-2013 season and becoming a free agent in the summer of 2013 vs. next summer). That the Clippers could be left with nothing.

But you take that risk. You gamble that CP3-Billups (that move looks a lot better)-Caron Butler-Griffin-DeAndre Jordan is enough to compete, with an extra year to build around them, now as a top free agent position. You risk all of that because if you can't win enough with that group to convince Paul and Griffin to stay together, nothing will. No more aiming for the playoffs, for aiming for respectability, for trying to just be decent.

The Clippers have shot for the moon. The worst case scenario is the most exciting two years in the history of the Los Angeles Clippers. Greatness isn't made by being conservative; fortune favors the bold.

The Clippers made the bold move, and now they have Chris Paul.

Look up, there go the Clips.

Grade: A+


Since: Sep 20, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:24 pm

Grade The Trade: Clippers get their man, CP3

I agree with mr. LSU that this deal worked great for the league owned Hornets and the Clippers. Shoot the league may have even come up with all of this. LA's second team the Clippers are now a draw to the Staples Center as well as the Lakers and the Team Hornets/NBA will be able to make money and then sell their team to a new owner and even make some money. All this and a guy under contract is treated like a guy under contract (that's a refreshing thing to say). Two more years until CP3 can be a Knick and who knows what Amare's knees will be like then. The NBA saw the BIG picture but the players couldn't see all of this.

Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:12 am

Grade The Trade: Clippers get their man, CP3

   Let me see, the Cleppers get scoring PG and 2 2nd round drfat choices for a guy who didn't sign an extension and could be a fee agent after the 2013 season for a 1st round draft choice,last years 1st round draft choice,Gordon,another 1st round draft choice, an a very serviceable center in Kaman. Seems to me the Clippers got clipped! Don't get me wrong,I like CP3 but he was going to be a free agent at the end of the season and I don't hold high scoring PGs in high regard, I'd much rather have a guy who is a great setup man,a great passer,a decent defender than a guy who needs to dribble to be good. Gordon outside scoring will be missed,something needed when your most important piece plays the low post. Grade B-

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:35 am

Grade The Trade: Clippers get their man, CP3

Geaux Siants....DON'T buy into the hype. These are NOT the NOLA Hornets, these are the NBA Hornets. The NBA wants to make the Hornets a 7-8 seed in the West which is what they have achieved. As a 7-8 seed, the Hornets will make money but can keep salaries in check with B-List players thus maximizing profits. Also, it provides the Big-Boy owners in the WEST, Mavs, Spurs, Lakers and Thunder, status quo so they can continue being REAL contenders but also recieve revenue from the NBA-owned Hornets. It worked out perfectly.

Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:21 am

Grade The Trade: Clippers get their man, CP3

What have the Clippers really risked by swinging for the fences & bringing in Chris Paul?They've been so bad for so long that  their approach to running an NBA franchise is obviously badly flawed.A new way of doing business may not work either, but it's hard to see this trade making them worse.To quote Bob Dylan "If you ain't got nothing, you've got nothing to lose".That line pretty much sums up the Paper Clips for the last several decades.Pretty much anything would beat their status quo.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:56 pm

Grade The Trade: Clippers get their man, CP3

Well, the Clips blinked! And made Stern look good in the process. That part I don't like. In the end, for both teams I like the deal

The idea that the Lakers could still get Paul was a little too much for Clips. That is the kind of haul that could almost have gotten Howard. It is a lot of chips for a PG. They just wanted to be sure he did not get to the Lakers. That for them is a plus. Clippers have their own showtime. They should fill the seats for once.

The Clippers do have a good young base to build on.  And they have room under the cap to work on their depth at the SG and SF positions. But remember Butler was the Mavericks 2nd leading scorer before he got hurt and was far above Aminu last year. They get a good starting lineup no matter who starts at SG. Gordon and the TWolves pick are the 2 big items in this trade. Griffiin is not Howard but he is an attraction that Chris Paul should love playing with. They will be on the highlights every other night.

And the topper: after 2012-2013 season Kobe will be 2 years older and may not draw Paul the same way.

Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:41 pm

Grade The Trade: Clippers get their man, CP3

A+?????? It's the Clippers. History says they'll mess it up, like they always do.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:24 pm

Grade The Trade: Clippers get their man, CP3

Say what you want about his abilities as a commissioner, but Stern's a pretty good GM. Much better package than what the Lakers offered. 

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:35 pm

Grade The Trade: Clippers get their man, CP3


I don't see how this makes the clippers better. They picked up Billups. If they stand pat they've got...


Kaman off the bench.

After the trade, they now have three starting PGs, no starting SG and no outside shooting. Gordon is only 22 years old and could be a 25-30 ppg guy in a couple of seasons and as new orleans has shown us, having Chris paul on your team doesn't make you a contender.

Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:10 pm

Grade The Trade: Clippers get their man, CP3

Classic high risk high reward for the Clippers. For the Hornets? If they play poorly this year and attendance plummets there is the possibility that they will be sold and moved to another city. However, if they play poorly they will have two potential picks in the Lottery in the deepest draft in at least a decade and possibly be able to field a team that is superior to the Clippers. It will be a shame if the improvement takes place in Kansas City, Anaheim, or Seattle. 

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:09 pm

Grade The Trade: Clippers get their man, CP3

CP3 will probably leave the Clippers after two years because he'll get sick of Donald Sterling watching him shower. He should sue the NBA for rerouting his trade and landing him on the team with the worst owner in all professional sports.

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