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Paul talk still swirling around Clips

LOS ANGELES — With Chris Paul's future in limbo, Blake Griffin weighed in enthusiastically on the possibility of the Los Angeles Clippers landing the All-Star guard.

"We'd love to have him," he said Tuesday, "but if it doesn't work out, everybody on this team knows that we're ready to roll with this team."

The Clippers on Monday called off a proposed deal with the New Orleans Hornets to land Paul, with general manager Neil Olshey saying they would have had to give up too much.

Asked Tuesday if the team was still interested, Olshey said, "If you pick up the phone you're going to have to listen to what somebody has to say. We are not actively making phone calls trying to acquire any new players at this point."

Whether the Clippers land Paul or not, they're clearly feeling good about recent moves that have added Chauncey Billups and Caron Butler while retaining center DeAndre Jordan.

"We think we've got a product on the floor right now that's giving a lot of people in the Western Conference pause," Olshey said. "We're as big and as deep as any team in the league right now. We think we're a threat already."

Billups, the veteran All-Star point guard claimed by the Clippers a day earlier off the NBA's amnesty waiver, was expected to join training camp on Wednesday after attending to family matters.

Mavericks-Nuggets Trade

The Denver Nuggets acquired versatile swingman Rudy Fernandez and forward Corey Brewer from the Dallas Mavericks for a future second-round pick.

The trade gives the Nuggets added depth as the team attempts to work out an agreement with guard Arron Afflalo, who is a restricted free agent. The team signed Brazilian center Nene to a five-year deal on Tuesday night.

After playing the past three seasons in Portland, Fernandez was traded to Dallas in a three-team deal last June that landed Andre Miller in Denver and Raymond Felton with the Blazers.

Miller and Fernandez will now be paired up again in the Mile High City.

Brewer signed with Dallas late last season and appeared in six playoff games for the NBA champs. He has averaged nearly nine points over four seasons.

Fernandez has been a backup most of his NBA career, averaging 9.1 points over 24.1 minutes in 218 games. His role with the Nuggets is up in the air. Miller and Ty Lawson are looking like the starting guards at this point, especially in light of Afflalo's uncertain return.

But Fernandez's flexibility will allow Karl to find him minutes. Brewer said on his Twitter account shortly after the trade: "Man the NBA is a business I'll miss you Dallas but can't wait to get to Denver!"