Hornets trade Paul to Clippers

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Chris Paul is headed to Los Angeles for real this time – to the Clippers, not the Lakers.

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

The deal required the approval of NBA Commissioner David Stern because the Hornets are owned by the league.

The trade ends a tortured week in which the Hornets’ season sat in limbo while the NBA took a public relations beating over everything from potential conflicts of interest, to hurting the Hornets’ pursuit of free agents, to disrespecting the New Orleans fan base.

“I knew we were doing the best thing for New Orleans, and that was my job,” Stern said. “You have to stick with what you think was right. I must confess it wasn’t a lot of fun, but I don’t get paid to have fun.”

BULLS: As Richard Hamilton and Chicago put the finishing touches on a contract, Derrick Rose couldn’t stop beaming.

“With him, I’m going to have a lot more assists this year,” the star point guard said.

The Bulls made it official Wednesday night and announced they had signed Hamilton to boost a backcourt that already included Rose, the league’s MVP.

Terms were not released, but a person familiar with the situation said earlier in the day that it’s a three-year, $15 million deal for the three-time All-Star.

MAGIC: General manager Otis Smith said the team’s goal remains to keep Dwight Howard in a Magic uniform as long as it can and that trade talks “could go to the end of the season.”

Smith denied reports from ESPN and Yahoo! Sports that said Magic officials have told teams they are ending trade talks for the center.


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