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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  12 responses

Chauncey Billups Signing to Help Clippers Land Chris Paul?


The latest twist in the never-ending Chris Paul trade saga is that the Clippers are now in a better position to swap for the superstar point guard, thanks to the Chauncey Billups acquisition. Per CBS Sports: “By claiming Billups for about $2 million, the Clippers were able to solve the dilemma of not having another point guard on the roster — Mo Williams likely slides into the Jason Terry sixth man role, if he isn’t included in the trade or waived with amnesty. Thus, L.A. could responsibly include [Eric] Bledsoe in a blockbuster package for Paul. Given that the league already has vetoed a previous three-team trade that would’ve sent Paul to the Lakers, executives brokering the deal for the owner-less Hornets ‘have nowhere else to go,’ said a person familiar with the negotiations. ‘They have no choice’ but to make sure Paul is traded to the Clippers, the person said. The fact that Paul is dictating the terms by limiting the teams he’d agree to stay at least two years with to those that reside in L.A., Clippers GM Neil Olshey has all the leverage. So Olshey’s resistance to including Bledsoe, sharpshooting guard Eric Gordon and the Timberwolves’ unprotected 2012 first-round pick is no longer an issue. The deal in its final form will be better than what the league was demanding earlier in the day, when the Clippers wisely walked away from the talks. The negotiations were declared dead hours earlier, after which Olshey spoke with the Los Angeles media and said, ‘We felt it was in the best interest of the team to keep this roster intact.’ In fact, Olshey’s hand is so strong in this negotiation that he could hold out for an even better deal now that he has an experienced, championship caliber point guard on the roster. But rival executives were circulating this conspiracy theory Monday night: Was it a coincidence that the Clippers were able to get Billups for $2 million when they were negotiating a related trade with the league office, which knew the competing bids? The salacious conspiracy theory was only perpetuated by the conflict of interest inherent in the NBA’s handling of the trade for the Hornets, who were taken over by the league in December 2010. Given the backlash against the soap opera that has dominated the reopening of NBA business after the lockout — and the potential death knell for the New Orleans franchise if Paul were stranded there and forced to leave as a free agent after the season with no compensation — the pressure was never greater on the league to ensure that Paul was moved to L.A.”

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  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Clippers claiming Billups helped Knicks? Hell yes! THANK YOU FOR KEEPING HIM OUT OF MIAMI STERLING!

  • neaorin

    I hate to get in the way of a good conspiracy theory, but what other teams were there that were under the cap AND had any use at all for someone like Billups? Especially after he’d already threatened to retire if he didn’t land on a good team. But in all reality these theories will not end until the NBA sells the Hornets.

  • jarrett

    Next Conspiracy –> Minnesota’s Pick wins the Lottery in 2012.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    The additions of Rick Adelman and Bilbo Barrea have put an end to the Wolves being a lottery team.

  • MikeC.

    @ORANGE – I’m not sure if the Wolves are going to make much noise. While the West isn’t as strong as it was 3-4 years ago, I can post up most of the Wolves team, which doesn’t bode well for them when they’re playing NBA players and not chubby 5’9″ guys.

  • MikeC.

    Also, for the kids that ride the short bus, that was sarcasm.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Chauncey will not be pleased…

  • LA Huey

    Clips calling Chauncey’s bluff

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I strongly believe the Wolves move past the Nuggets in the Northwest this year, MikeC. Adelman is the main reason for that.

  • http://twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine IAMORANGE4EVER

    Dear Huey, Chauncey was clearly bluffing about walking away from 14.2 million dollars.

    ESPNSteinLineMarc Stein: Clippers say Chauncey Billups will be at practice Wednesday

    15 minutes ago

  • Gusist

    Why not trade Chauncey , mo, amino and the pic and try to keep Gordon?

  • JBizzy

    can’t Trade a player who’s been claimed through waiver.. There’s no longer a need 2make any trades that team is a serious Contender as is!

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