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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 14, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:59 pm
 

Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

I don't think the Lakers can actually pull off a deal for either Howard or Paul using Gasol or Bynum. Why trade away a top-10 (top 5?) for someone either older with a hefty contract (Gasol) or someone who can't play a whole season and still has a hefty contract (Bynum, who has played in over 60 games only twice in his 6-year career)?

That is actually a very easy answer. The reason is that the Hornets stand to lose ALOT if they let Paul walk via free agency next year (he has already indicated that he will not re-sign in New Orleans).

Lets examine the potential trade partners for New Orleans

New York Knicks (Paul's first choice) - Who are they going to trade????
Only players under contract past this year are Melo, Amare, and their draft pick. And there are no other options, not even chauncey billups, that would be worth it for New Orleand to deal him to NY.

Orlando Magic- Who would the hornets get in return. I doubt very seriously they would swap dwight for paul. And aside from dwight, the magic really dont have alot going for them (with MAYBE the exception of jameer nelson). The magic have a bunch of high priced aging players (Gilbert Arenas, Hedo Turkoglu, etc)

Los Angelas Lakers - They could get Pau Gasol (who btw is a top 5 player at his position, check the stats), and would at least give them something they can build around to win now (Gasol led a very mediocre memphis team to the playoffs when he was with them), or Andrew Bynum, who is young and still has time to develop. People forget that he is in his early 20's, and is still a very young player. I know he has injury concerns, but when he is healthy, he has been very productive, and has the potential to get better if he is not in kobe and gasol's shadow.

Those are the places rumored or connected to Chris Paul. Of those Scenarios, LA is clearly the choice. They would have the most to offer and can include Odom in any trade package. So either the Hornets can keep Paul and let him walk in free agency after the year, or they can deal him and get the most in return that they can find. And LA is the team that can offer the best package.



Since: Oct 16, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:46 pm
 

Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

Lakers are NOT getting Paul man...  anyone who does not realize that Paul is going to be playing in NY next year simply has not not been watching the hush hush whisper whisper  between Melo, Amare and Paul that has been going on for 2 years now...  it was written in the books a long time ago that this is what they want and they will make it happen one way or another...  Myself being a Knicks fan I would rather see Howard...  but the Paul deal is as good as done!



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

Seahawks:because it's better than any other offers and WAY better than nothing?



Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

I don't think the Lakers can actually pull off a deal for either Howard or Paul using Gasol or Bynum. Why trade away a top-10 (top 5?) for someone either older with a hefty contract (Gasol) or someone who can't play a whole season and still has a hefty contract (Bynum, who has played in over 60 games only twice in his 6-year career)? Look at what Denver and Utah did: they traded for players that actually could help them in the future. Trading away a top-10 talent basically means starting over, and I really can't see a team rebuilding around Gasol or Bynum.



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:14 pm
 

Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

Am i the only one who remembers that the hornets are owned by the league??? Anyone saying the lakers cant get Paul dont know what they are talking about, the lakers are the nbas favorite team they make them a TON of money, every city they go to sells out fast, trust me if the lakers want Paul he will be a laker, id much rather get howard because he would keep the lakers relevant for many years, paul could to but theres nothing like a funny dominating big man in LA, Howard would fit in perfectly the guy cracks me up.



Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:10 pm
 

Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

How'd I wish Lakers get rid of Bynum, Artest, Barnes, Walton and Fisher.....these are garbage players. lol....sorry if i hurt some fans but i'd like to see dwight and CP3 in the Lakers rooster.
No no.  These guys are stars.  Just ask any Lakers fan who everyone else tried to convince otherwise the last three years. I am surprised you didn't throw Odom on there as he is the guy that L.A. fans were rallying around returning every year to propel their team.



Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

Sounds legit but it ain't gonna happen folks!!!



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

@partner888

How'd I wish Lakers get rid of Bynum, Artest, Barnes, Walton and Fisher.....these are garbage players. lol....sorry if i hurt some fans but i'd like to see dwight and CP3 in the Lakers rooster.
 

If you consider the players you mentioned as garbage players how do you think other teams see them, therfoe why would other teams want to give up ront line players for your so called gargage players?

I would like to see quality players in Laker land,  how ever the other NBA eams ae no farm teams for the Lakers.

The garbage players you mentioned have NBA champinship rigns with the exception of Barnes. They all contributed to the Laker success at winning at least 2 championships for the Lakerr.

D-Fish is getting on in years, what team would want to trade for him. Bynum has knee problems that could flame up at anytime. Do you think another team would want to take a chance that his knees are better or would be better? Walton is still young enough and could possible help a team. Artest is a proven commodity that could be good defensively as well as offensively. Barnes I am not sure about, but since you have declared  him garbage, why would another team want to invest in him and what would  he bring to their team?

"ONE MAN'S OPINION" 
 



Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

Sounds like the potential treatment for a decent movie script but it won't happen!!!
The team that lands CP3 has to be able to sign him long term and the Lakers ain't it!!
So although they've won two rings - all of them together don't mean they'll win another and the Hornets realize that.
Hornets are looking for young healthy talent and picks not a bloated payroll of overrated players.
This guy should try again with his bogus trade theories!!!



Since: Jun 24, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 5:46 pm
 

Lakers talking Gasol or Bynum for Chris Paul?

I wouldn't trade Paul for both of those guys and a first round pick.  They are both flawed.


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