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New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:57 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 5:09 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverkobe-bryant-chris-paul

Update 5:05 p.m.: Yahoo Sports reports that in the revised trade, Houston will be sending more young players to New Orleans. This is going to get tight with the money and for Houston post-trade. 


Take two!

Two days 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 sent in a new proposal to the league office for consideration. reports that the Hornets, Lakers and Houston Rockets have crafted a new deal for Stern to consider, although the full details are not yet immediately known. Yahoo Sports reports that the Houston Rockets would send Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and a draft pick to New Orleans, as they had in the original offer, but that deal tweaks will occur between the Lakers and Hornets. The original proposal had the Lakers sending forward Lamar Odom to the Hornets and All-Star big man Pau Gasol to the Rockets.

Ken Berger of confirms that a "framework of revamped trade agreement" has been reached among the parties and that it is now "pending approval of the commissioner." Berger reports that the Rockets' role in the trade is "virtually unchanged," with Houston receiving Gasol in exchange for the package going to New Orleans. He also confirms that the deal tweaks will come between Los Angeles and New Orleans.

The New York Times reported on Friday that the league urged the Hornets to get a "better, younger package" in exchange for Paul to ensure long-term success for the struggling franchise. 

Talks then resumed, with Berger reporting late Friday night that the three sides continued to work into the night, with sources saying that the deal "still had a chance."

Those talks picked up where earlier talks had left off, as 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.

Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:12 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

tarheels i love yr answer not because u agreed with me but u r a carolina fan as l. im from durham NC but cant stand the flukes (duke)

Since: Apr 20, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:10 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

Make it Bynum instead of Odom or alternatively have the Lakers throw in an extra 1st round pick in 2014 and make it happen.

Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:09 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

B 4 Real, I agree.  NOLA is the winner in this scenario.  They have only have 6 legitimate NBA players on their team, and 3 couldn't start on most NBA teams.  So getting 3 legit starters in Scola, Odom and Martin along with a back up PG and a 1st round draft pick is a good haul.  Especially considering what the Knicks gave up to get Carmelo and the Nets gave up to get D-Will.  Or they can take a chance they can get a better deal and possibly get nothing in return when he leaves as a free agent.

What made the Lakers back-to-back NBA champs was their length and versatility.  If this trade goes through they lose their length and don't even have a legit PF on the roster. The versatility of Gasol and Odom is gone.  They no longer match up with the big, finesse front courts of the better teams.

Houston gets to dump the salary of Martin ($12 mil), Scola ($8.6 mil), and Dragic ($2.1) while taking on the 2nd best player in the trade in Gasol ($18.7).

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:09 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

kobe in new deal???

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:03 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

Why is the league allowed to step in and reject trades? 
Let the teams do whatever they want. It's their teams. Not David Sterns.
Right now the NBA own the Hornets

Since: May 29, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:59 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

I agree completely.  "Emperor" Stern has no clothes would be another way of "analyzing" his reasoning.  It's false, transparent and shows how weak the NBA Players Union is if this is allowed to stand.  It did accomplish the goal, if that is what it was, of causing dissension and confusion among the Laker players, particularly Lamar kardasian ... or whatever his name is this week.

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:58 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

Pretty sure Houston was doing this deal to free up cap space to sign NeNe..  Soo really they'd be getting Gasol and NeNe to shore up their front court if the origional deal went through.. Not sure what modifications have been made in the new deal..

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:57 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

you expressed my thoughts exactly! i said the same thing after Stern disallowed the original trade. The Hornets are the winners after the inital disappointment of losing cp3 subsides. A wonderful trade for the nba owned Hornets. Let it be commish

Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:45 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

why would houston give up scola, martin and a 1st rd draft pick. gasol is getting up in yrs (31). houston would not have any 1 left but kyle lowry. new orleans would benifit the most, getting odom, scola, martin and drart picks. the lakers would gain CP3 but only have often injuried bynum left in terms of big men. this trade would be a big win for NO. because next year CP3 could walk away and new orleans would get nothing. so new orleans is the winner to me. but dumb a-- sterns vetoed the trade. <<<B 4 REAL>>>   someone see this any different, let me know

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:39 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

MikeSyr- the league can step in, b/c its their team...they own the Hornets. You may hate the league, but at least know the basic facts before you bash it.

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