(PLAYA VISTA, Calif.) — After months of speculation and trade talk, Chris Paul finally has a new home in Los Angeles. He’ll be playing at Staples Center after all but just not with the Lakers, the team whose trade was vetoed by NBA Commissioner David Stern last week.
Instead, he’ll be donning a No. 3 jersey for the Clippers after they acquired him on Wednesday in a three-team trade which sent center Chris Kaman, guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu and Minnesota’s unprotected 2012 first-round pick to the Hornets for Paul and two future second-round picks.
“I’m excited to be here in L.A. with this unbelievable franchise with so much history behind it,” Paul said. “It’s been an emotional roller coaster but at the end of the day I’m truly blessed to wake up and say I play basketball as a way of life.”
The Clippers will kick the season off on Christmas Day on the road against the Golden State Warriors.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN