The Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Hornets have resubmitted a multiplayer deal that would send Chris Paul to the Clippers, according multiple reports.
ESPN reported Wednesday that the two teams have resubmitted a deal to the NBA after talks had previously broken down on Monday.
The deal sends Chris Paul and two future second-round draft picks to the Clippers in exchange for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, and Minnesota's unprotected first-round pick.
The two teams had previously agreed to a Chris Paul trade on Monday, according to reports, but the deal broke down when NBA officials pushed for the Clippers to include guard Eric Bledsoe in the deal.
These latest reports represent the third time teams have agreed to trade for Chris Paul, but it is believed that the NBA took a hands-on approach with this latest trade and the deal is expected to get commissioner David Stern's approval.
Stern previously nixed a deal that would have sent Paul to the Lakers; Pau Gasol to the Rockets; and Luis Scola, Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, and Goran Dragic to the Hornets. Stern claimed it was to maintain the NBA-owned Hornets' franchise value, but later reports indicated that the league would like to see the Hornets acquire a younger batch of players.
The Clippers are willing to gut a lot of their depth because Paul is expected to opt-in on his 2012-13 extension. Paul would still be eligible as a free agent in 2013, but Clippers management believes that Paul will want to sign long-term with the team after playing two seasons alongside star Blake Griffin.
Sources close to Paul previously stated a desire to join Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony in New York, but that opportunity was squashed when the Knicks completed a sign-and-trade deal for Tyson Chandler. The Hornets are reportedly not interested in trading for Stoudemire, who has dealt with knee injuries, and the Knicks will not have any cap space to sign Paul in either 2012 or 2013.
The Clippers had been hesitant to give up Eric Gordon, but the pairing of Paul and star forward Blake Griffin was too salacious to pass up.
The Clippers' acquiring Paul is just the latest in what has been an extremely busy off-season for the organization. Los Angeles resigned center DeAndre Jordan, signed forward Caron Butler away from the Dallas Mavericks, and claimed guard Chauncey Billups after the Knicks used their amnesty clause on him.