Gordon is just 22 years old and is about two seasons away from placing a stranglehold on the title of NBA's best shooting guard.
He's a potent scorer, an improving defender and a fierce competitor. He plays his ass off every single night, which is more than you can say about most players in the NBA.
He also makes plays that maybe ten guys in the league are capable of, like this nasty crossover and dunk against Utah.
Although he was overshadowed by the Blake Griffin circus, Gordon was phenomenal last season. He averaged 22.3 points, 4.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.
Simply put, Gordon is just too valuable to give up for a 26-year-old point guard with aching knees.
The Clippers may be able to get Paul without including their young 2-guard in the deal. They have quality assets in Eric Bledsoe, Al-Farouq Aminu and Chris Kaman's expiring contract.
Most importantly, they can offer Minnesota's unprotected 2012 draft pick. Given the Timberwolves' recent struggles, that will likely be a high lottery pick in a stacked draft class.
The Clippers are smart to aggressively pursue CP3. He's the best pure point guard in the league and the thought of him throwing alley-oops to Blake Griffin is just salivating.
However, if New Orleans demands Gordon in return, the Clippers can't pull the trigger.