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When the Los Angeles Clippers acquired Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan were so ecstatic about the move they began dreaming about “Lob City.”Guard Eric Gordon, who found out he was being traded while at a Clippers promotional event, and centre Chris Kaman, however were not thrilled. Gordon and Karman told Yahoo! Sports about their experience, saying that the Clippers were not upfront with them and outright lied.
“They literally told me as an organisation that they wanted to keep me, and [the trade still] went down?” Gordon said.
“All you do is take the man’s word and take that he said that no one is going to go anywhere,” Gordon told Yahoo! Sports. “… To completely lie like that is something unprofessional.”
Kaman, who was with the Clippers organisation through thick and (mostly) thin since 2003 was not too pleased either.
“The Clippers didn’t tell me anything. They didn’t tell me I was traded or nothing after eight years. They didn’t have the guts to come tell me they traded me.”
Clippers general manager Neil Olshey is defending the team’s actions by stating that since talks broke down at first the prevailing thought from ownership was that the deal would not take place. Regardless, Olshey says, it would’ve been hard for the players involved not to find out through social media prior to the deal becoming official.
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