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Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:27 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 5:51 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverkobe-cp3

As NBA teams race to spend their Mid-Level Exceptions on the likes of Kwame Brown, Jeff Foster and Samuel Dalembert in free agency, the Los Angeles Lakers lay back in the cut, holding two of the league's premier big men -- Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum -- on their roster. Both players have questions about their long-term fit in L.A. and both ended their 2010-2011 seasons in disappointing fashion. Add up the ever-present demand for quality big men and the Lakers' surplus of potentially ill-fitting low-post parts and it's a recipe for trade rumors galore.

Indeed, Yahoo Sports reports that New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul, who is eligible to sign an extension this season but reportedly desires a new team and/or bigger stage, has been the subject of recent conversation between the Lakers and the Hornets involving Gasol or Bynum. 
The Lakers and Hornets talked several days ago, league sources told Yahoo! Sports, but it was one of those circuitous conversations that left the sides unclear what it would take to get a deal done, and the talk ended with no formal offers. The Lakers and Hornets expect to speak again this week, sources said. The prospect of Pau Gasol as the primary player going to the Hornets won’t be acceptable, sources said. The Lakers will ultimately be willing to let New Orleans pick its player in the deal – Bynum or Gasol – but New Orleans is determined to get quality, and quantity, in a deal.

Bynum has privately been heard to say this offseason that he wants his own team, and the chances of him getting that – in New Orleans or Orlando – have never been higher. Years ago, Kobe Bryant wanted Bynum moved for Jason Kidd, but Bryant’s been insistent all summer that he still believes in this core, isn’t interested in wholesale change.
The Hornets face the prospect of rebuilding their entire roster from zero should Paul eventually communicate that he wants out and if former All-Star forward David West signs elsewhere in free agency. If you're the Hornets and you're aiming for a slash-and-burn rebuild, you want to shed center Emeka Okafor's 8-figure contract that potentially runs through 2013-2014 in any Paul trade, and the Lakers have a handy piece in facilitating that thanks to forward Lamar Odom, whose contract is only fully guaranteed through this year.

Emerging from the Chris Paul fracas with Gasol locked in through 2013-2014 or Bynum through 2012-2013, a chance to re-sign Odom, loads of cap space to build a roster and whatever other tertiary trade pieces L.A. can scrounge up (money, future draft picks, etc.) wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for New Orleans. Not by a long shot. The preference is probably for Gasol, despite the fact that he's 31, but either player gives you a platform to build around. Other potential suitors -- particularly the New York Knicks -- can't make an offer that's even in the vicinity. As for Gasol not being enough as the centerpiece? Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams both moved last year without anyone nearly as good as Gasol being part of the return package. Once that leverage kicks in, demands crumble.

Meanwhile, for Los Angeles, it would mean better roster balance, more room for the remaining big man to breathe and a dynamic playmaking point guard to extend the career of All-Star guard Kobe Bryant. It would amount to a gigantic upgrade at the position of greatest need while taking a step back at the position of greatest depth. If included, Okafor would be one of the best reserve big men off the bench or could be flipped in another deal. For roster chemistry reasons, the Lakers probably want to ditch Bynum instead of Gasol, although contractually he is a better value as long as his knee issues don't recur. Parting with either one is a no-brainer if it Nets Paul in return.

The Lakers are built and paid to win now, and Paul brings that promise to any team he plays on, especially one that's already as loaded as the Lakers are. If there's a risk, it's that both Paul and Bryant have issues with their knees, but pairing two of the game's top-8 players, not to mention elite competitors and most marketable faces, would make this a risk well worth taking.

The Hornets should slow play this so as to maximize the total package for Paul. But the main pieces are there: a centerpiece player in return, financial relief and the odds and ends that go into dealing with a team as loaded as the Lakers (picks, millions in cash, etc.). It's difficult to imagine that another team can make as compelling of an offer without totally demolishing their team's core or identity. Swing a trade like this, and the Lakers as potential contenders don't skip a beat, at least for the next two or three seasons.
Comments

Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:48 pm
 

Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

   Halfway there by landing CP3...are the rest of the haters gonna continue to spew your venom? Oh! Dwight Howard packing his bags for sunny L.A. for Andrew Bynum and Metta World Peace. Life for the Heat just got darker. Imagine trying to shut down CP3 (gotta catch him first) as D12 posts down in the paint and the Black Mamba roams on the wing or near the top of the circle?

    Pau Gasol should have not went vanilla soft in last years playoffs by worrying about Shannon Brown skippin' with his girlfriend...could still be in Tinsletown if you would have proposed to her?!? Thanks for the efforts in helping us win 2 more though Pau...wish you would've toughened up sooner. Roll Lake Show roll!!!



Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:07 pm
 

Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

Many basketball fans will laugh on the posibility to get both, Dw.Howard and Chris Paul in Lakers uniform, but I know one person, who can make it done in less than two weeks. That same individual brought to LA Shaq and Kobe.So, it is posible and as many fans are saying here, the Lakers have the pieces, which no other team can offer in this type of trades.
The only problem here is, that the Magics will ask for Bynum as a centerpiece in a trade for Dw.Howard. They won't take Gasol instead. So Mitch has to make a run for Ch.Paul with Gasol, Meta....first round pics and cash.Yes.It is posible.It has been done before. 



Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

Trade for Paul????Down,Down. Paul will not make a great PG for the great Kobie Bryant. Paul wants to be traded then go the Clippers.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

You don't leave a Big Market team, with unlimited  $$$, and a history of winning unless your crazy. Only another big market team with a shot at a title and cash would lure him away, WHO ???

He wants to play in a big market, hence his interest in NY or LA, he wants to play with a dominant center, Howard or Bynum, he wants help, Kobe or Melo. The Lakers and Nicks are the only two teams , and the Lakers have more to work with.


Center ------------ Dwight Howard / Free Agent BU Center with Mini-mid level
Power Forward ---- Okafor  / Derrek Caracter
Small Forward ---- Hedo Turk / Matt Barnes
Shooting Guard --- Kobe Bryant / Devin Ebanks / Darrius Miles
Point Guard - ------Chris Paul / Derrik Fisher / Steve Blake



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:25 pm
 

Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

You don't leave a Big Market team, with unlimited  $$$, and a history of winning unless your crazy. Only another big market team with a shot at a title and cash would lure him away, WHO ???

He wants to play in a big market, hence his interest in NY or LA, he wants to play with a dominant center, Howard or Bynum, he wants help, Kobe or Melo. The Lakers and Nicks are the only two teams , and the Lakers have more to work with.


Center ------------ Dwight Howard / Free Agent BU Center with Mini-mid level
Power Forward ---- Okafor  / Derrek Caracter
Small Forward ---- Hedo Turk / Matt Barnes
Shooting Guard --- Kobe Bryant / Devin Ebanks / Darrius Miles
Point Guard - ------Chris Paul / Derrik Fisher / Steve Blake



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

Yea there REALLY washed up, they only won two titles just 19 months ago....... Get Real, you can't argue out of one side of your mouth that the lakers are spoiled and always get the premiere players and thats why they win, and then argue that the same players are worthless and washed up out of the other side.



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:11 am
 

Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

The lakers cant give up Odom ! If he leaves his wife Chewbacca wont be at the laker games anymore!



Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:03 am
 

Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

That bench blows and u don't even know who ur back up center is. to much movement, will take too much time to build chemistry. U cannot give up Gosol, Bynum, and Odom. U lose too much scoring and talent. Gosol must stay
   The remainder of the bench will be centered around the 3rd post player just like Lamar Odom was last season. The scoring and talent increases with Dwight Howard and Chris Paul having Kobe Bryant floating on the wing or at the top of the block just like it did for Pau Gasol. Oh. Gasol cried like a little school girl during playoffs cause of "girlfriend issues"....too vanilla. Kobe is tired of having to call the lackadaisical Pau out due to such lapses (especially in transition).

   Andrew Bynum has missed an average of more than 40% of all regular season games since 2008-09. Howard has missed 7 in 7 seasons. Talent? Really??? Who did you see break every member of the Lakers ankles in the first round of the playoffs last year? That would be Chris Paul. CP3 can take last second shots as well.

   Matt Barnes may be starting instead of Metta World Peace due to the Lakers using the amnesty clause in new labor agreement.  They will probably pay to send him and his new slower version of Ron Artest instead of watching his horrendous shooting breaking the backboards at the Staples Center anymore. Let's not forget to mention how fast his defense has deteriorated. Thus, the bench can't possibly be complete until the CP3 &D12 arrive to energize Showtime. 

   Give me 2 weeks and the muddy waters of my post will be clearer to guide you through.Wink Peace.



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:01 am
 

Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

Heres a point noones is considering. Does anybody really want the washed up players LA could offer?



Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:43 am
 

Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

That bench blows and u don't even know who ur back up center is. to much movement, will take too much time to build chemistry. U cannot give up Gosol, Bynum, and Odom. U lose too much scoring and talent. Gosol must stay!


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