The NBA and David Stern received heavy criticism from the public for killing the deal due to the complaining of other teams. In the end, he was not traded to an already championship caliber team and another "big 3" starting up was prevented. Instead Paul will be sent to the other LA team, the Clippers, who are not anywhere near the Lakers talent level.
"I knew we were doing the best thing for New Orleans and that was my job," David Stern said. "You have to stick with what you think was right. I must confess it wasn't a lot of fun, but I don't get paid to have fun."
This time, Stern did not allow other teams opinions be brought into the equation.
All of last season, and through the lockout, it appeared Paul would be going to the Knicks. But that never was even an option because of cap space. Paul now joins a Clippers squad who has made some key FA aquistions to try to get this team to the playoffs. They should be there now.
With the Clippers additions of Chris Paul, and FA's Chauncy Billups and Caron Butler, and of course Blake Griffin, the team can contend for a playoff spot in the stacked Western Conference. The point guard positron for LA now features Eric Bledsoe, Mo Williams, Paul and Billups.
As for the New Orleans Hornets, the deal worked out better then most would think. They get three very talented players, and Eric Gorden can flourish as the go to scorer. But they will most likely not be in the playoffs for a few years.
Overall, the trade left both teams in a better position. The Clippers became much better, and the Hornets while getting worse, still managed to bring in three players that they can build around for the future. They are much better off then most teams when a star is lost (Example: Cleveland Cavs).