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NBA rumors 2014: Lakers Pau Gasol trade and Chris Paul injury for Clippers

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The latest NBA rumors for 2014 reveal some tough news for the L.A. Clippers, while a Pau Gasol trade for the Los Angeles Lakers seems to be off the table, for now. The latest news and trade rumors arrive as there had been talks of a possible Andrew Bynum for Pau Gasol swap between the Cleveland Cavaliers and L.A. Lakers, while the injury news arrives after a Clippers' victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

According to ESPN.com on Jan. 4, the Clippers won 119-112 over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night, but it wasn't without a loss for the team. All-Star point guard Chris Paul went down with a separated shoulder injury following a foul by Monta Ellis in the third quarter. Paul was announced "out for the game" and later coach Doc Rivers gave the bad news to the media, saying:

"He's down. He's out at least three to five weeks and maybe more. We don't know that [yet]. We know it's a separated shoulder. We don't know what grade it is, yet. We'll probably send him home, and he'll get evaluated in L.A., and just hope that he's going to be OK."

Chris Paul was averaging 19.6 points a game and leading the league with 11.2 assists per game. The six-time All-Star was also among the front-runners for the MVP award in the early stages of the season, along with Lebron James, Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge, among a few others. The Clippers currently hold a record of 23-12 and are in fourth place overall in the Western Conference.

Their Los Angeles rivals, the Lakers, have been in the headlines in the past several days as well. While star player Kobe Bryant is still recovering from his injury, there had been trade rumors involving Paul Gasol and current "unhappy" Cavs player Andrew Bynum. As of Thursday, it was reported the talks had stalled, albeit temporarily. There are also recent rumors suggesting a Richard Jefferson trade from the Jazz which would also involve a Bynum-Cavs deal, according to ESPN.com.

Andrew Bynum was recently suspended by the team due to "conduct detrimental to the team," and due to the heft salary and unhappy former All-Star, the Cavs continue to search for a way to unload him without losing too much in the process.

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