NBA Commissioner David Stern says his only consideration during trade talks concerning Chris Paul was getting the best deal for the New Orleans Hornets.
Stern says he believes he's succeeded with Wednesday night's deal in which the Hornets traded Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers for guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman and a first-round draft choice.
The deal required Stern's approval because the Hornets are owned by the league. The commissioner says he did not believe a deal he rejected involving the Lakers last week was as good for the Hornets, which the league intends to sell to new owners who'll keep the team in Louisiana.
Stern says "the future of the Hornets in New Orleans is brighter than it's ever been."
NENE RE-SIGNS WITH NUGGETS: Nene said he never wanted to leave the Denver Nuggets — and the team gave him every possible reason for staying. Passing on contract offers from other clubs, the NBA's top free agent re-signed with the Nuggets, putting his signature on a five-year, $67 million contract Wednesday. Nene, the 6-foot-11 Brazilian forward who led the league in field-goal percentage last season at 61.5, chose to remain in Denver after drawing interest from such teams as the New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers.
GASOL BACK WITH GRIZZLIES: Marc Gasol thought about possibly playing for another team. In the end, he decided to stick with the Memphis Grizzlies for a few more years. Gasol was the subject of a lot of conjecture on whether he would return on a long-term basis or play out the final year of his contract with the Grizzlies and become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
HAMILTON CLOSE TO DEAL WITH BULLS: A person familiar with the situation says veteran guard Richard Hamilton is closing in on a three-year, $15 million deal with the Chicago Bulls.
BAREA JOINS T-WOLVES: J.J. Barea is ready to team up with Ricky Rubio and add a little spice to the Minnesota Timberwolves' backcourt. Barea signed his four-year contract with the Timberwolves on Wednesday.
WARRIORS PICK UP BROWN: The Golden State Warriors have signed free-agent center Kwame Brown to a $7 million, one-year deal. The well-traveled Brown, who spent last season with Charlotte and joins his sixth NBA team, will give new coach Mark Jackson depth at the center spot alongside Andris Biedrins.
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