In a development that unfolded this afternoon, Chris Paul is unofficially the newest member of the L.A. Lakers. Traded in exchange for Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol, the four-time All-Star will join Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum under new coach Mike Brown. The Lake Show covets the franchise's 18th NBA title, which would bump them ahead of the Boston Celtics for most all-time.
Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowki broke the 3-team deal, citing a league executive. The Houston Rockets are the third team in the trade and will send Luis Scola, Kevin Martin and Goran Dragic, and a 2012 first round pick to the Hornets in exchange for Gasol.
Bryant, a 13-time NBA All-Star and former League MVP, will undoubtedly be ecstatic to be joined by Paul, who is considered by many to be the best point guard in the game. It was CP3, averaging 22.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 11.5 assists, who nearly pushed L.A. to the brink in a hard-fought six-game first round series last postseason. All this despite the Hornets playing without star PF David West.
Paul could probably lead a pickup team from the local Y to a few NBA wins.
In the prime of his career at 26 years old, Chris Paul instantly makes the L.A. Lakers NBA title contenders, and the prohibitive favorite to win the Western Conference. As it stands now, L.A. is +200 to win the West and +450 to win the NBA championship, according to a frequented odds-making site. The Miami Heat are currently listed as the overall favorite at +200, subject to change.
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