Chris Paul Traded to Lakers in 3 Team Blockbuster

NBA Roundhouse Special Report: Chris Paul Traded to Los Angeles Lakers in 3-Team Blockbuster

Chris Paul heads west to Los Angeles as part of a blockbuster trade

CHICAGO — Derrick Rose has never lost to Chris Paul when they have met in their careers. The next matchup just got bumped to opening night as Chris Paul has been traded in a blockbuster 3-team deal to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Paul had wanted out of New Orleans for a year now and it’s just now become violently public. First it was rumored he’d go to Boston for Rondo, then to New York and even to the Clippers.

But now, just like another team in LA that snagged a top tier elite player (see: Albert Pujols), the Lakers are going all in and have traded the farm to land one of the premier point guards in the NBA.

The Lakers really snuck out of nowhere to land Paul, but some saw this coming. Most assumed it would be the other Los Angeles team, the Clippers, who had a plethora of prospects to satisfy the Hornets demands. Boston didn’t have enough with Rondo alone and the Knicks don’t have the resources.

But the Lakers are getting what they want again and it really doesn’t seem like much to get it either.

Los Angeles has traded Lamar Odom to New Orleans and Pau Gasol to the Houston Rockets as part of the blockbuster three team deal that landed Paul.

Houston gets Gasol and trade Goran Dragic and Kevin Martin to New Orleans to complete the deal.

This really only effects the Bulls once this year and possibly again should these teams meet in the NBA Finals. But either way the Christmas Day matchup against the Lakers just became the marquee premier game of the day.

Here’s a run down of the Chris Paul deal in case you missed it:

  • Los Angeles Lakers Get:
  • Chris Paul (From NO)
  • Houston Rockets Get:
  • Pau Gasol (From LA)
  • New Orleans Hornets Get:
  • Lamar Odom (From LA)
  • Kevin Martin (From HOU)
  • Goran Dragic (From HOU)
  • Luis Scola (From HOU)
The deal was going to happen, whether Paul went to New York, Boston or Los Angeles. But now that it has happened we can all soak it in and react. One thing that sticks out is the glaring flaw in the Owners logic during the lockout to make sure that superstars can’t dictate a trade to them to a big market.
I believe ‘COmpetiive Balance’ was the phrase used.
With that out the window, the piling just keeps coming. After landing Paul and pairing him with Kobe Bryant, reports are that Andrew Bynum is on the move to Orlando for Dwight Howard.
Now there is only rumor attached to that but after this blockbuster, anything is possible.
Chicago plays the Lakers December 25th at 4pm.
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