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If Chris Paul cannot go to either the Knicks or Lakers, his preference is to end up with the Cilppers, according to sources.
If Paul is willing to pick up his 12-13 option at the time of a trade, delaying his free agency by one year, the Clippers are prepared to give up either Eric Gordon or Minnesota's unprotected No. 1 pick for 2012.
This would delay Paul's free agency by one season.
Sources are confident that they can keep Paul on a long-term deal, especially if they can sign Blake Griffin next summer.
Warriors executive board member Jerry West offered his thoughts on DeAndre Jordan, a restricted free agent the Warriors signed to a four-year, $43 million offer sheet.
“He’s a young, active player who is probably coming into his own,” West said. “Those are the kinds of players who people are willing to take chances on in terms of paying a lot of money. At the end of the day, you have to find out what’s in store for anyone. I’m just not really sure about him.”
The Los Angeles Clippers have three days to match the Warriors’ offer.
“It’s obvious that they need a low-post defender to help who they have, somebody who’s big and long and takes up a lot of space. But at what price?” West said. “I would never recommend or even consider signing someone unless it was just going to be a one-year fix for you. It gives the coach another piece of the puzzle. To me, everything has to play out, and, by Wednesday, we’ll know where things are. Then, you go to Plan B.”
The Clippers have emerged as the "early frontrunner" to acquire Chris Paul now that talks with the Lakers have fallen apart.
The Hornets were previously seeking a package built around Eric Gordon from the Clippers. But the Clippers have been reluctant to part with too many assets for Paul due to concerns about a long-term commitment.
As important as Gordon would be to the Hornets, the Clippers also own the unprotected 2012 first round pick of the Wolves.
The Warriors are preparing an offer sheet for Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, team sources confirmed. League rules require the Warriors have cap space available to cover the first year of the offer before the offer is made.
The Warriors, who have not hidden their desire to acquire a big man, have set their sights on Jordan, 23, after their No. 1 choice, Tyson Chandler, agreed to sign with the New York Knicks.
Jordan is a restricted free agent, so the Clippers will have the right to match the Warriors' offer.