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article imageNBA: Chris Paul heads to Los Angeles, but not with the Lakers

By John Louie S. Ramos     Dec 14, 2011 in Sports
The New Orleans Hornets finally reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday which will send star point guard Chris Paul to Los Angeles.
According to early reports by Yahoo! Sports, Paul was traded by New Orleans in exchange for Los Angeles' guard Eric Gordon, veteran center Chris Kaman, second-year forward Al-Farouq Aminu and the Minnesota Timberwolves' unprotected first round draft pick.
The four-time NBA All-Star was also involved in a trade earlier proposed by the New Orleans and the Los Angeles Lakers. The trade was however rejected by NBA Commissioner David Stern due to "basketball reasons."
The original Hornets-Lakers deal was to send Paul to the Lakers in a three-way trade in which the Hornets will receive Lakers sixth man Lamar Odom, Houston Rockets' Kevin Martin and Luis Scola and Houston's 2012 first round pick. Houston, on the other hand, will receive Lakers' starting power forward Pau Gasol.
Paul has played all of his first six seasons with New Orleans which also drafted him fourth overall in 2005 behind the likes of Andrew Bogut and Deron Williams.
The Clippers, which failed to reach the playoffs last year, is now expected to be a more exciting and dangerous team with Paul playing alongside high flying big man Blake Griffin.
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