But NOT the Lakers, Dancers! The COT DAMN Clippers (of all teams)! Who would've ever THUNK it?!?!?
The Clippers pulled off the biggest trade in franchise history, acquiring New Orleans Hornets four-time All-Star point guard Chris Paul in a blockbuster deal that took many twists and turns before coming to fruition Wednesday. The Clippers sent guard Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and his expiring $12.7-million contract to the Hornets, along with second-year forward Al-Farouq Aminu and the 2012 unprotected first-round draft pick the Clippers acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2005. The Clippers also get two 2015 second-round draft picks from the Hornets. After a Lakers deal for Paul was killed twice by the NBA last week, much had been made about the Clippers' unwillingness to put Gordon in the deal, about the NBA hijacking the process from New Orleans General Manager Dell Demps and about the league's high asking price. (MORE)The bottom line is this: it was pretty apparent that Chris Paul wanted to get the hell out of New Orleans! I'm happy he finally got his wish. Now let's see what him and Blake Griffin can do together! Can they give the Lakers a run for their money? Probably not, but they can damn sure contend now.