Thursday, December 15, 2011

The LA Clippers acquire All-Star Chris Paul

New teammates Chris Paul and Blake Griffin
The Los Angeles Clippers acquired All-Star point guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets Wednesday night. The league office approved the deal that sent Chris Paul and two future second round picks. In exchange the Hornets receive G Eric Gordon, F Al-Farouq Aminu, C Chris Kaman and a first round pick in the deal.

This deal comes after two failed trades that would have sent Paul to LA, one with the Lakers and the other with the Clippers. The Lakers deal was vetoed by David Stern, which stirred up a lot of controversy. Even prompting Paul to seek legal action against the league if he was not traded. Now the Clippers have been successful in their second attempt to acquire Paul, after walking away from talks earlier this week.  Chris Paul is going to exercise his player option which will keep him in LA until the 2012-13 season.

Now this deal will not make the Clippers into a title contender right away. This team will automatically become one of the most entertaining team in the league. Blake Griffin said best when he was told out side the Clippers facilities: “It’s going to be Lob City”. If the organization can surround Blake Griffin and Chris Paul with some great role players, to fill out their bench. They would have to do it fast because the Clippers could have Paul and Griffin walk in 2013.

It will be interesting to see if one of the leagues most dysfunctional franchises can get it together and keep this two amazing talents.

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