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Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:26 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 8:32 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverkobe-chris-paul

Less than 24 hours after NBA commissioner David Stern stepped in to veto a 3-team trade that would have sent New Orleans Hornets All-Star point guard to the Los Angeles Lakers, the three sides have reportedly resumed talking.

Yahoo Sports reports, with confirmation from Ken Berger of, that the Hornets, Lakers and Houston Rockets are re-engaged in trade talks in an attempt to "find a new way" to consummate a trade that would have sent Lakers All-Star big man Pau Gasol to the Rockets and Lakers forward Lamar Odom to the Hornets, along with Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic and other considerations. 

The three sides had reportedly agreed to a framework earlier on Thursday before word broke that Stern killed the deal in his role as overseer of the league-owned Hornets. The NBA initially said the trade had been vetoed for "basketball reasons" and issued a full statement on Friday morning.

"We decided, free from the influence of other NBA owners, that the team was better served with Chris in a Hornets uniform than by the outcome of the terms of that trade," Stern's statement read.

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert sent a letter to Stern that called the proposed trade a "travesty" while players criticized Stern for stepping in to block the trade.

According to the New York Times
, the league would like the Hornets to get a "better, younger package," to ensure long-term success.

Paul reportedly threatened not to attend the opening of Hornets training camp on Friday, but eventually showed up. reports that Odom showed up late to Lakers camp, met with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and then left without participating.

Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:53 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

I think the mayor of New Orleans actually was the one who nixed this trade as he widn't want the Karskankians putting all their brothels out of business after they just built tourism in the city back up after Katrina.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:44 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

you might want to barrow there tissue...your tears are flowing.

Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:44 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

Agreed. Lamar is awesome, but u gotta understand that this is a business. I always laugh when I hear these players surprised about being shopped. U KNOW COMING IN TO THE NBA THAT YOU CAN BE MOVED AT ANY TIME!!!!!

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:40 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

Lamar should know and understand this is a business. He as well as others is subject to be traded at any time and to any team.

I appreciate what he has done as a Laker and would like to have him as well as the entire team back for the coming season. I think there is at least one more championship in this team; even though Magic Johnson seems to think this current crop of Lakers are the third best team in the West behind Dallas and Oklahoma.

I think they are a middle aged veteran team that might not have the stamina but the cunning and are sly enough to pull out another championship.  

We would never know, because the handwriting is on the wall. We will have a different team this season.  



Since: Dec 3, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:38 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

Bron and Bosh were free agents

Since: Jun 29, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:38 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

I'm sick of Paul's crying anyway, and I hope that will follow him to LA where they cry about everything. Only thing I'm worried about is trying to get rid of another Kardashian, New Orleans wants team players and play for the name on the FRONT of the uniform, not the back.  Paul can go to LA and mess that team up, glad to see him go, now lets trade Lamar Kardashian to Miami and get anybody, Lamar has no heart.

Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:38 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

Stern has been re-revealed as just the principal pompous face of NBA management. What he didn't count on was the unpublished negative reaction of his underling, equally pompous team owners. Their attempts to manipulate ALL ASPECTS of the new CBA has just blown up in their collective faces.What's truly ironic is the behind-the-scenes scheming on this Paul deal that was going on while they were "Negotiating" the new CBA.

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:38 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

This is a good trade for Lakers and the Hornets. What's the problem? The Rocks weren't protesting it even though they should.

Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:36 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

So basically, Stern is saying nobody is allowed to compete with Miami.   It was ok Miami added Lebron and Bosh, but now no teams can add a star player.   That's cool.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:32 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

Honestly I do not see this trade as anything that is that unfair.  Chris Paul is good, there is not a doubt about it but honestly this trade does not make the Lakers that much better.  Size matters and losing Gasol and even Odom would hurt a ton.  Bynum is decent enough but one injury and the Lakers are a useless team.  Kobe and Paul will win a ton of games but when they meet teams with size and solid enough speed they will get beat.  I see the Hornets as the biggest winners here.  They are going to lose Paul, it is going to happen.  This trade would have brought them a solid combo of guards in Kevin Martin and Goran Dragic.  These guys are explosive players.  Martin can score and Dragic plays solid D and can score a few as well.  Not to mention they receive Luis Scola and Lamar Odom.  Now Odom would probably only be around for a year or two but Scola can be a franchise player.  He is as solid as most power forwards in the league.  On top of that, if I am not mistaken, weren't the Hornets going to receive some draft picks, first rounders I heard.  That is a lot of talent for one guy even if that one guy is Chris Paul.  This is the classic big names versus talent trade.  It appears the Lakers get the best end because they would have two of the best players in the league on their squad but there is a reason the Heat didn't win the title or the Lakers didn't win the title last year.  Championship teams are built around a star or two but also consist of a handful of role players.  I would confidentely put money that the Lakers would not be the 2012 champs if they get Paul and it costs Gasol and Odom.

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