Blake Griffin is key in CP3 stakes

Updated: December 11, 2011, 9:08 PM ET
By Kevin Arnovitz | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

The last time the Los Angeles Clippers recruited a marquee point guard to pair with an elite power forward, the walls caved in. After inking Baron Davis to an expensive, multiyear contract in July 2008, Elton Brand snuck out of Los Angeles in the middle of the night to sign a long-term deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

The conditions are a lot more favorable this time around, as the Clippers make their big push for Chris Paul after a deus ex machina -- better known as David Stern ...

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