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Gordon, Kaman blast Clippers for Chris Paul trade

Posted on: January 4, 2012 8:39 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2012 8:41 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver


The Los Angeles Clippers took a major step towards rehabilitating their image as a second-class organization with a bad owner in Donald Sterling when they landed All-Star point guard Chris Paul in a preseason trade with the New Orleans Hornets. But the pieces moved in exchange for Paul have nothing but bad things to say about how the trade went down.  

Yahoo Sports reports that guard Eric Gordon and center Chris Kaman were both blindsided by the trade. Gordon says he was lied to by GM Neil Olshey and Clippers management and Kaman expressed disappointment that he wasn't treated more professionally after nearly a decade spent playing for the team.
“All you do is take the man’s word and take that he said that no one is going to go anywhere,” Gordon told Yahoo! Sports. “… To completely lie like that is something unprofessional.”

Said Gordon: “They literally told me as an organization that they wanted to keep me, and [the trade still] went down?”

“He said, ‘Hey, you got traded.’ I was like, ‘C’mon,’ ” Kaman said. “Then everyone started talking to me like, ‘Hey, what happened?’ I was like, ‘I don’t know.’ Then my agent wasn’t calling me. I couldn’t get ahold of him. Then Farouq talked to his agent and said it was done. The Clippers didn’t tell me anything. They didn’t tell me I was traded or nothing after eight years. They didn’t have the guts to come tell me they traded me.”
In the hours after the Clippers/Hornets trade was finally consummated, word spread that Gordon found out about it while on a bus full of Clippers season ticketholders. At that point it was immediately clear that this trade would be met with hard feelings. Going from playing in a media mecca alongside Blake Griffin to a tenuous basketball outpost destined for the lottery was going to be a tough pill to swallow no matter what. Feeling like you were duped and deceived only makes the taste in the mouth that much worse. 

If there's any defense of the Clippers on this one, it centers around the sheer lunacy of being involved in trade talks that include the league office and NBA commissioner David Stern. With Stern shutting down a 3-team trade proposal for Paul involving the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets prior to approving the Clippers' package, it's very possible that Olshey and company honestly believed there wouldn't be a major roster shake up. Trades develop quickly in the NBA and secrecy and expediency are valued commodities. It's unreasonable to expect a GM to break off of a trade call to phone one of his star plays to let him know, "Guess what? I might be trading you now." There's always time for fence-mending after the fact.

While the trade damage is done -- with Gordon and Kaman likely to get over it, at least mostly, with the help of the passage of time -- this episode becomes an important reminder for the Clippers. Producing a first-class basketball organization involves treating players -- past, present and future -- in a first-class manner and with consistent professionalism. Karma tends to govern behind-the-scenes dealings in the NBA and this sure looks like another strike in the negative column for Sterling and company.

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:12 pm

Gordon, Kaman blast Clippers for Chris Paul trade

woooowww!!!!!!!! i just looked in to that!! and how ironic is that!!!!!!
te universe always unflods as it should!!! 

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:09 pm

Gordon, Kaman blast Clippers for Chris Paul trade

This has to be one of the saddest pictures ive seen in a long time. NO ONE is smiling, no one is happy, And Stern is the one to blame. 
 The clippers did what they did, in a bad way i must agree, BUT, it would all have been done diferently if not for the interuption of the haters in the NBA, Cuban, for example. This bad decision making, rippled across the league like a pleage. And the credebility of the NBA will for ever be tarnished. Being an NBA player is dream for most. And now its turned out to be a living nightmare for some players.more like 15. And the being a few of the best players the league has at this moment in tiem. What a disgrace. 

Since: Aug 15, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:45 pm

Gordon, Kaman blast Clippers for Chris Paul trade

sure. the clippers should have done it more like he classy lakers did. they probably sat odom and gasol down and said . now look here boys were are gonna trade your two big asses for little 'ol chris paul. now that we have informed you let us get back to negoitiating.
  I am sure that the clips wanted to keep gordon but it came wown tis way all of a sudden. he ewas thereason it did not go down sooner, they tried to keep him out of the deal,
and kaman should have known his expiring contract was ripe to move. especially after jordan was signed for 10 mil per. how could he be so surprised if I wasn't. maybe he doesn't follow basketball as closely as I do.

Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:56 pm

Gordon, Kaman blast Clippers for Chris Paul trade

Somebody should ask Eric Gordon if it is worse getting lied to by the Clippers GM or to lie to the University of Illinois.  What goes around comes around big guy.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:39 pm

Gordon, Kaman blast Clippers for Chris Paul trade

I would argue they're all three better off out of Clippers and with the Hornets.  The Hornets look to be young and talented now, more talented than with Chris Paul.  If they can keep those three for a few seasons and add a piece or two, they'll be right there in the thick of West playoff teams.

Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:13 pm

Gordon, Kaman blast Clippers for Chris Paul trade

These guys played for the Clippers....not exactly the model NBA franchise....they should of expected it

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 8:49 pm

Gordon, Kaman blast Clippers for Chris Paul trade

Get over it you guys. Jeez.

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