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Lakers to deal Gasol, Odom for Chris Paul?

Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:26 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 9:04 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverbryant-paul

The New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets are reportedly closing in on a blockbuster trade that would send All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the City of Angels.

Yahoo Sports reports the details.
Hornets working to finalize details on 3-team deal to send Chris Paul to Lakers, Pau Gasol to Rockets and Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola to New Orleans, sources say. It is likely that the Hornets will receive draft picks as part of a package for Paul, but source says: "Those are still being determined."

Besides Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Lamar Odom and Goran Dragic, Hornets will also receive a draft pick from Houston, source says. 
Ken Berger of reports that Paul-to-the-Lakers is "done" and that the three teams remain in "engaged in serious talks."

The Houston Chronicle reports that the 3-way deal is a "done deal all around" and will be brought to completion once free agency officially opens on Friday.

Later Thursday, Yahoo Sports and both reported that the trade may not be completed on Friday, with one report indicating that unnamed NBA owners are asking NBA commissioner David Stern not to approve the deal. The NBA took over ownership of the Hornets last year and the league has yet to sell the franchise, meaning it possesses veto authority on all personnel moves. 

Various versions of this deal have floated out the for roughly a week now. Let's take a look at this proposed deal based on what we know.

As noted on Monday, going big-for-small for Los Angeles would allow the Lakers to drastically upgrade their biggest position of need. The Derek Fisher and Steve Blake combination simply wasn't going to deliver a title. Paul, arguably the league's best all-around point guard, would step into the void immediately making Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant's life easier and seamlessly fitting into an inside-out game with Bynum. The biggest concern is trotting out an ultra-expensive backcourt that features two players with recent knee issues, but those concerns are alleviated to a degree by the fact that Paul and Bryant missed a combined two games last season.

This would be a dream scenario for Paul. He would get a major market, an elite teammate in Kobe Bryant, a psuedo-elite teammate in Andrew Bynum and a bunch of other tested pieces that are ready to compete for a title immediately. He now has a stable, loaded ownership group that will do everything in its power to ensure he competes for a title every season for the balance of his career. The Lakers, of course, could try to cash in Bynum in a separate deal, and Los Angeles has been linked to Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard in rumors recently.

Bryant, like Paul, is a major winner if this deal goes down as reported. Paul will help extend his career, facilitate his climb up the all-time scoring charts and help take on some of the on-court leadership that Bryant has mostly shouldered by himself. Paul also takes him a major step closer to a sixth title, a ring that would match Michael Jordan's career total.

The Hornets come out of this in pretty solid shape. Compared to the packages that Denver and Utah received for Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams, respectively, the Hornets did well. They clear three proven players that complement each other fairly well in Scola, Martin and Odom and a serviceable fourth piece in Dragic. Odom is entering the final fully guaranteed year of his contract and therefore brings with him a nice of degree of flexibility. He can be re-signed or flipped in a trade, depending on what happens with free agents David West and Carl Landry.

The Rockets have been hoarding minor trade assets virtually forever and finally cash them in to land Gasol. He's a legit All-Star with multiple productive years left. But is he that significant of an upgrade over Scola that he's worth parting with three or more additional assets, especially at this stage of his career? Gasol is 31-years-old and can be a franchise centerpiece but he's not going to be the No. 1 option on a legit title contender. Neither is Scola, though, so perhaps moving out of Martin's 8-figure salary to build around Gasol is the new gameplan for the rebuilding Rockets.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:19 pm

Lakers to deal Gasol, Odom for Chris Paul?

Unless Paul signs an extension to the Lakers, this will end up a travesty!
I think it be a good deal for the Lakers, it's a deal that said they want to win now.

The Lakers would try to resign Paul that is no doubt

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:11 pm

Lakers to deal Gasol, Odom for Chris Paul?

Jordan, Magic, or Bird would've taken it upon there shoulders to win championships, not run away to find the easiest oppurtunity.  Here's hoping these sackless divas get what's coming to them.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:06 pm

Lakers to deal Gasol, Odom for Chris Paul?

If Howard and CP3 is a Lakers, it's going to be a long long wait for LeBron and co to win him his first ring. Kobe, Howard, and CP3, unstoppable.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:04 pm

Lakers to deal Gasol, Odom for Chris Paul?

If this deal goes down, it is a bad deal for Houston and, potentially, for Orlando.  Normally, I am all for unions, but as far as professional sports go I am not so inclined.  Baseball and basketball are ruined in the way that the richer teams have such an advantage in acquiring players.  I rarely watch pro baseball and, very likely, I will soon very rarely watch pro basketball.

Why even have a draft in the NBA?  Just let there be an auction for the incoming college and European players and whichever team bids the most gets the player.  That would be more fair as some of those incoming players prove to be duds.  Then, the rich teams that pay for them would take the hit.  The way it is now, the lakers can just buy players who already have proven themselves like Paul and Howard.  I would have loved to have seen the Lakers get the guy Detroit took with #2 about 4 - 5 years ago.  Even poor Greg Oden would have been gobbled up.  He is one player I am rooting for and I hope it can at least play a few years. 

Football seems the only one of our main pro sports that have it right.  If the Packers were an NBA team what do you really think would happen to their elite point guard, Aaron Rodgers?  Think about it!!!!!  Pro basketball sucks and I would not even like being a Laker fan if the only way I could continue to win was to buy the best players!!!

I hope Dwight Howard reads this and if his intent is to leave Orlando high and dry, don't just play there, but move there!!!  I am so tired of reading all the bs about what he is or is not going to do.  Just ell us and do it.  Money is not the problem, the Magic can pay as much an anyone and with the tax situation, Florida is better than California.  I have to admit Orlando has done a poor job of adding players.  We came close two years ago, but even then we could not beat Los Angeles.  If Howard leaves why not Oklahoma City?  Now, that would be a team!!!

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:01 pm

Lakers to deal Gasol, Odom for Chris Paul?

I agree. I don't think there's any question that if this goes through, Howard to LA is a foregone conclusion. I'm gagging now on the thought of watching LA Vs. Miami/New York for the next 5 NBA Finals.

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:57 pm

Lakers to deal Gasol, Odom for Chris Paul?

Flow, Fluid, Flow into Paul's knee.  Bone grind against Bone!  Please!

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:51 pm

Lakers get Chris Paul in 3-way for Gasol, Odom

Lakers better hope Bynum will stay healthy cuz that front court isn't solid with Bynum. Without him.....figure they will get destroyed in the paint.

Bynum's going to be in Orlando by Christmas.  Lakers will net Howard for sure.  They have a talented young big man to offer and Howard will not sign with any other team.  I hate the Lakers, but this was masterful.  It helps to also have a location where players want to play.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:50 pm

Lakers get Chris Paul in 3-way for Gasol, Odom

I'm a huge CP3 fan but I think the Lakers paid too high a cost, maybe they wanted to get rid of salary too. Who plays PF for them now? I guess they also feel Bynum is there future too. Not saying it's a bad trade just interesting, but that backcourt will be crazy if Kobe can deal with not having the ball in his hands as much.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:47 pm

Lakers to deal Gasol, Odom for Chris Paul?

Lakers better hope Bynum will stay healthy cuz that front court isn't solid with Bynum. Without him.....figure they will get destroyed in the paint.

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:43 pm

Lakers get Chris Paul in 3-way for Gasol, Odom

I'm a Laker hater too, but getting Paul paves the way for Howard, who wants to go to LA anyway.  Lakers have the only piece to get Howard.  Orlando is in now way going to get market value for Howard.  Talented young big men are few and far between and that's where Bynum comes in.  I'll say Howard is in LA by the start of the season.  My only hope is Kobe's age and wear and tear and Paul's balky knee.  It would be so wonderful to see bloated Lakers crushed under the weight of these contracts.

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