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Paul joins Griffin, Clippers

NEW ORLEANS — Chris Paul is headed to Los Angeles for real — but to the Clippers, not the Lakers.

The Hornets traded the point guard to the Clippers for guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman and a first-round draft choice.

Commissioner David Stern approved the trade, which was required because the Hornets are owned by the league. "I knew we were doing the best thing for New Orleans, and that was my job," he said. " … I must confess, it wasn't a lot of fun, but I don't get paid to have fun."

Paul, 26, is a four-time All-Star who averaged 18.7 points and 9.8 assists last season. He will be paired with All-Star forward Blake Griffin.

The Hornets get a prolific shooting guard in Gordon, who averaged 22.3 points last season. Aminu is a second-year pro who averaged 5.6 points. Kaman, a 7-footer, is an eight-year veteran who averaged 12.4 points and seven rebounds.

"With this trade, we now have three additional players who were among the top eight draft picks in their respective drafts as well as our own first-round pick and Minnesota's first-round pick," Hornets general manager Dell Demps said.

The trade also involves the Hornets sending two future second-round picks to the Clippers.

Paul came close to going to the Lakers last week in a deal involving Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol, but Stern nixed the trade.

Magic listening, in no rush on Howard

ORLANDO — General manager Otis Smith denied multiple reports that said Magic officials have told teams they are ending trade talks for center Dwight Howard, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

"That's not where we are," Smith said. "What we've basically said is we don't feel like we have to trade him today. We're going to continue to look. … Our first opportunity is to keep him in a Magic uniform."

For now, it appears the Magic has decided there's no reason to rush into a trade, because the same offers, and perhaps better ones, likely still will be available right up until the March 15 trade deadline.

Early Wednesday, ESPN reported the Magic had been in talks with the Nets for a three- or four-team trade in which the Magic would've traded Howard and sent away the contracts of Hedo Turkoglu and Chris Duhon. In return, the two best players the Magic would've received were Brook Lopez from the Nets and forward Gerald Wallace from the Blazers.

Grizzlies keep Gasol: Center Marc Gasol signed his extension. Though no terms were announced by the team, the Commercial Appeal reported the deal is for four years and almost $58 million.

Bulls add Hamilton: Veteran guard Richard Hamilton signed a deal reported to be three years and $15 million, the Associated Press reported.

Harried Celtics: Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce voiced their displeasure with the intensified camp necessary to start the season by Christmas in the aftermath of the lockout. "I don't know why everyone's shocked, because Stern has been pretty adamant about when he wants to do things and how he does things," Garnett said.

Cavs: The team waived guard Baron Davis, who will still be paid $28 million he is owed.

Lakers: Forward Josh McRoberts, who spent the past three seasons with the Pacers, signed a two-year deal.

Warriors: Center Kwame Brown signed a one-year, $7 million deal.

Paul joins Griffin, Clippers 12/14/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 15, 2011 12:09am]
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