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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 CBSSports.com, 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. ESPN.com reports that Odom showed up late to Lakers camp, met with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and then left without participating.
Comments

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

Either you have a dictatorship or you don't.  To alternate between them just confuses people.  Especially when a dufus is in charge.



Since: Mar 16, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

yea it seems our team is giving up too much...i like the trade but lets see if we can not offer our whole team




Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

Can someone please call Daryl Morey and tell him to leave the Rockets out of this mess....they are gettin fleeced in this deal....please for all the Rockets fans.....i am not sayin that Gasol stinks but its too much to give away.



Amen, brother.  When I first heard that the Rockets were giving up Scola, Martin and Dragic I thought "that's too much".  Then I heard they were also giving up their first round pick.  Ridiculous. I hope that should this trade be reconfigured it does not involve the Rockets.




Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:13 pm
 

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

"Odom past his prime" "Odom washed up" - You know nothing about basketball. 6th man of the year, near 7 foot ball handler, amazing rebounder, shoots the three and drives. The rest of your argument was valid but as far as your assumption on Odom, you're DEAD wrong.



Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:08 pm
 

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

This is an awesome trade for all 3 teams-- like it is-- and they should put this trade through- like it is, what a crappy situation.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

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If small market owners are not making any money they should either sell thier teams of work to improve the team.
And how praytel do the small market teams improve their teams when everytime they get a good player the big markets snatch em away? It's a vicious cycle that has resonated through the NBA for decades. Explain how the Rockets trading half their team away for Gasol makes them better? Explain how the Hornets getting a middle aged past his prime Odom and half the Rockets team makes sense? The only winner here is the Lakers getting Paul which only makes them better because Bynum steps into Gasol's role, Odom is washed up and Paul is a 26 year old stud horse that makes Kobe and everyone around him better? Just can't figure out why Stern 86'd this deal?....only if your a Lakers fan.



Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

dont forget the nba (stern) is running the hornets because of their bankruptcy or whatever it was a little while ago



Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

wow dan gilbert complaining what a suprise... just like when the cavs win a championchip before the heat



Since: Jul 15, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

Can someone please call Daryl Morey and tell him to leave the Rockets out of this mess....they are gettin fleeced in this deal....please for all the Rockets fans.....i am not sayin that Gasol stinks but its too much to give away...Scola is a beast Kmart is a good shooter who can(and will)fill up the basket(if he can avoid the injury bug)Dragic is a good reserve for Lowry and also a 1st round pick??!!!  thats just too much for a 31 yr old softee makin 18 mil a year and our cupboard is bare....if da Lakers and Hornets want to do a trade for CP3 just find another team....leave the Rockets alone!!!!!



Since: Nov 20, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

As a Lakers fan I'm torn between liking this trade and hating it. YES, the Lakers need a point gaurd who can defend and run a HALF-COURT offense that isn't the Zen Masters Tri-Angle ... with that said ... Getting rid of a huge portion of the front court and taking the Lakers from being the biggest team in basketball to one of the smallest is not sitting to we4ll with me. Regardless the COMMISH shouldn't have pulled this veto move. Just another black eye for a league who is already having a hard time getting their fan base back after this LOCKOUT garbage. David Stern needs to get over himself and let this trade go even if I am not 100% on board with what the Lakers are giving up.


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