Before I rant, the Clippers and its fan base have been patiently waiting for this day to happen for a long time now and for that I congratulate them. Sports analysts have rightfully labeled the Clippers as a viable playoff team for years to come now that they've acquired a 26-year-old superstar PG in Chris Paul. Also, claiming Billups from the league's amnesty waiver where he can't be traded this season really helps too.
Where is Dan Gilbert now Stern? Check your junk email folder because emails are often sent there accidentally. Anyhow, how can a different team that shares the same arena as the "large market" Lakers get away with a similar trade?
Clippers CP3 Trade
New Orleans Hornets got:
- Clipper - Eric Gordan
- Clipper - Al-Farouq Aminu
- Clipper - Chris Kaman
- First-round draft pick
New Orleans Hornets would've gotten:
- Laker - Larmar Odom
- Rocket - Luis Scola
- Rocket - Kevin Martin
- Rocket - Goran Dragic
- First-round draft pick.
As a Laker fan you have to ask yourself, "Where is the justice in all of this?" I know the Lakers would've lost Odom/Gasol regardless if there wasn't a trade disqualification but losing Odom to Dallas (Kupchak not informing Odom of the trade to begin with didn't help either) for an 8-mill trade exception and no Chris Paul is a massive blunder to this Laker dynasty.
Today, the Orlando Magic pulled Dwight Howard off the trade market. They said that the Nets and Lakers offers "were not worth executing."
Add this to your pile of bad news this offseason.
There's speculation however that the Orlando Magic made the announcement in hopes that the Lakers would counter with a more appealing offer.
In Kupchak's recent interview with the media yesterday, he did say that he intends to keep his three "primo" players, Kobe, Pau and Andrew. So what fire power do the Lakers have if they are still in pursuit of Howard?
I can't wait to see what big move the Lakers have in store. I hope the move will remind fans of how awesome their Lakers GM is in his abilities to always find a way to move the Lakers forward.
Sources: BleacherReport.com, DailyBreeze.com, LakerNation.com, ESPN.com.