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Clippers Head Coach Vinnie Del Negro is all smiles after acquiring Chris Paul.
Chris Paul was traded to Los Angeles, then returned to New Orleans and was then traded back to Los Angeles less than a week later. Does that make sense?
It's okay, it was a bit confusing to everyone involved as well.
On December 8th, the city of Los Angeles was abuzz. The Los Angeles Angels had started off the drama that morning by announcing the free agent signings of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. Later that day, there was more news. The Los Angeles Lakers were going to acquire Chris Paul as part of a three-team trade.
The Lakers would have shipped off Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol, and they would have received Chris Paul. New Orleans and Houston were going to swap big names as well. I'd go over all the details of the deal except it never happened. In a shocking move, NBA Commissioner David Stern vetoed the deal less than 24 hours after it had ostensibly been completed.
Vetoing the trade caused more chaos than the trade ever would have, according to ESPN. For one, it set the stage for several personnel issues that would linger throughout the season.
Lamar Odom was emotionally scarred by the thought of being dealt by the Lakers, so naturally he demanded a trade (via Fox Sports). Los Angeles had no problem following through on that and shipped him off to Dallas, where Odom pouted and sulked his way onto the bench and eventually onto the inactive list, which is where he now resides.
Less than a week later, Paul was on his way to Los Angles again. Except this time he had been traded to the Clippers. This deal would not be voided and the far reaching impact is still being felt today.
Fallout From the Paul-to-the-Clippers deal
The Clippers are really good. They're battling to win the Pacific Division right down to the wire. Paul will get some MVP Votes.
The Lakers were cast into a tumultuous season that they still haven't 100 percent recovered from.
The Lakers still needed a point guard, so they dealt for Ramon Sessions on trade deadline day. They also shipped veteran leader Derek Fisher off to Houston. Those deals don't happen with Paul wearing purple and gold.
The Chris Paul trades defined several entire teams for the duration of the 2011-2012 season.