By hook or by crook, Chris Paul will be on the New Orleans Hornets roster when the NBA season begins on Christmas Day.

Chris Paul can’t find his way to L.A. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Only four days after NBA Commissioner David Stern vetoed a deal that would have sent Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, ESPN is reporting a proposed trade to the Clippers will meet a similar fate.

The other L.A. team was prepared to send center Chris Kaman, guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu and a first-round draft pick to New Orleans in exchange for Paul, but at the 11th hour, the Clippers decided the price was “too steep”.

So eager is Paul to be dealt — or so excited was he at the prospect of playing alongside Blake Griffin — that he told the Clippers he would take the 2012-13 option on his contract to stay in L.A. beyond this season.

But, according to the NBA — which owns the New Orleans franchise — Paul cannot be had for anything short of a king’s ransom.

So, for now at least, he’s stuck in the Big Easy.

Here’s a look at what the Hornets were expected to receive in the two deals...

Paul to the Lakers - Nov. 8

F Lamar Odom- 14.4 points per game, 8.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists

F Luis Scola - 18.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.5 apg (Rockets)

G Kevin Martin - 23.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.5 apg (Rockets)

G Goran Dragic - 7.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.9 apg (Rockets)

1st-round draft pick

Paul to the Clippers - Nov. 12

G Eric Gordon - 22.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.4 apg

C Chris Kaman - 12.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.5 blocks per game

F Al-Farouq Aminu - 5.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.7 apg

1st-round draft pick

Which deal looks more one-sided to you? The one the NBA nixed or the one the Clippers declined?

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