Clippers Beat Lakers in Battle for Chris Paul

Chris Paul is heading to Hollywood. However, the all-star point guard will be donning the uniform of the “other” Los Angeles-based NBA team and not that of the Lakers.

The Los Angeles Clippers welcomed Chris Paul to the team on Thursday as the blockbuster trade that sent CP3 to Los Angeles from New Orleans was officially completed. The Clippers beat the Lakers and several other teams in the wheeling and dealing for the services of Paul, who was arguably the biggest name available in the lockout-shortened NBA season. The New Orleans Hornets received center Chris Kaman, Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu, and a first-round draft pick.

With Paul on board to combine forces with Blake Griffin, the Clippers are in a good position to outshine the Los Angeles Lakers this season and probably for years to come. Clippers vice-president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said that they expect Paul to carry the team to a whole new level. “Chris is the kind of player that makes everybody around him better. He’s a general. He wins. He’s a warrior, and he’s going to take this whole organization to the next level,” he said.