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Chris Paul deal: Instructively infuriating

It's a teachable moment for small market teams … if you get past the conflict of interest

Originally Published: December 17, 2011
By Michael Wilbon | ESPN.com

Not everybody everywhere is enamored with Clipper-mania after Chris Paul's arrival in Los Angeles.

They aren't enamored in Houston, where the Rockets thought the initial Paul deal, the one David Stern vetoed, was going to land them Pau Gasol and Nene, two players who could have pushed them into the top half of the Western Conference.

They aren't in Boston, where the Celtics thought they had David West in a deal that was contingent on CP3 going to the Lakers.

And ...

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