Did the Lakers FINALLY score the All-Star point gaurd that they wanted so badly???
The Los Angeles Clippers have acquired guard Chris Paul in a trade with the league-owned New Orleans Hornets.
The Clippers will send guard Eric Gordon, center Chris Kaman, forward Al-Farouq Aminu and Minnesota’s unprotected 2012 first-round pick to the Hornets for Paul. The Clippers will also receive two future second-round picks.
The deal required the approval of NBA commissioner David Stern.
The move puts an end to a tortured week in which the Hornets’ season sat in limbo while the NBA took a public relations beating over everything from potential conflicts of interest, to stunting the Hornets’ pursuit of free agents, to disrespecting the New Orleans fan base.
“I knew we were doing the best thing for New Orleans and that was my job,” Stern said. “You have to stick with what you think was right. I must confess it wasn’t a lot of fun, but I don’t get paid to have fun.”
Stern said he never allowed other owners’ opinions or considerations of large and small markets to determine where Paul, one of the NBA’s biggest stars, would end up. He said his only focus was on getting the best deal for the Hornets.
Lakers superstar Kobe “The Backdoor Bandit” Bryant doesn’t seem too upset about the cross-town competition landing the player that they were in the running for. In fact, he’s actually happy for them…
“It’s good to see them (the Clippers) being that aggressive and wanting to make the next step,” he said. “They got Blake (Griffin), who I think the world of him and CP (Paul) who I like as well, so, I think it’s good for L.A. to have two teams that are competitive.”
No word yet from the Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin, but we can imagine he is happy as HELL!
This trade should definitely shake things up in the NBA Western Conference this year, and furthermore, add a new well-paid athlete for the LA groupie hoes to clock for the next few years. Congrats to all parties!
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