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Clippers take calculated risk for Paul

If L.A. doesn't want this to be only a two-year deal, it needs immediate success

Updated: December 15, 2011, 12:31 AM ET
By Kevin Arnovitz | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

In the end, the Los Angeles Clippers knew caution was the biggest risk of all. A deal for Chris Paul had to get done, even if it meant parting with their prolific young shooting guard, a coveted draft pick, an All-Star center and a second-year lottery selection.

If the events of the past two years have taught us anything, it's that superstars rule the NBA universe. They can deliver championships, carry a brand and set the agenda for the league. If you don't have one, you're just pretending.

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