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Chris Paul Trade to LA Clippers: Does Trade Make Clippers the Best Team in LA?

NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 24:  Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets looks to shoot in front of Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at New Orleans Arena on April 24, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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James BrownSenior Analyst IDecember 12, 2011

The Los Angeles Clippers are on the verge of acquiring Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets.

Recent reports from several media outlets have stated that the two teams have submitted a deal to the NBA with Paul being the centerpiece. NBA Commissioner David Stern has recently come under attack for vetoing a trade involving Paul, and he will have yet another chance to stop a deal featuring the All-Star point guard.

If Stern allows the trade, the Clippers would arguably become the best team in Los Angeles.

The Clippers would lose some building blocks as the trade reportedly includes Eric Gordon, Eric Bledsoe, and a first-round draft pick, but in exchange they would stir up excitement in the LA area.

Chris Paul would join Blake Griffin and be a part of a dynamic duo in LA that the Clippers could build around. The Clippers have already been a busy team in the free-agent market. They signed Caron Butler to a three-year deal and landed the small forward they had coveted. In short, the Clippers have the making of a very good team to compete for headlines with the crosstown rival Lakers.

The Lakers camp seems to be in a bit of disarray.

They failed to land Chris Paul in the deal vetoed by the commissioner, and the only trade that they have made has upset superstar Kobe Bryant. Bryant is disappointed with the Lakers front office after they traded Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks. The trade may have been fallout after failing to trade him to the Hornets.

The new Lakers head coach, Mike Brown, already has his hands full.

He has to deal with a disgruntled superstar and attempt to get the troops ready to play for the season.  Brown has already appeared clueless when asked about the Odom trade, and it could be a sign that the Lakers are in for a long season.

The Lakers now have an aging superstar in Kobe Bryant, a slow-footed point guard in Derek Fisher, and an often-injured big man in Andrew Bynum. The Lakers still have a shot at bringing in big man Dwight Howard, and that could change the landscape of Lakers basketball, but for now it looks as though the Clippers have closed the gap between the two teams.

James Brown is a B/R Featured Columnist and can be followed on Twitter here. Feel free to contact James at jtsneaks@gmail.com.

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