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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: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:50 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

The 'New' trade proposal will be approved by Dictator Stern, even if it's the exact same old proposal! The Commish doesn't want to get plied on again like he has been in the last 2 days!! Im sure his mighty pen has been reloaded with ink for this and Congrats Gift Baskets were ordered yesterday to the Lakers and Rockets! Tis the Season Commish to make good and not to fix Playoff games too!!

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:48 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

Gecko, you should check out the new CBA (that's Communist Basketball Association).  The league reshuffles the roster each year with the help of a computer to ensure all the teams are equal.  It's gonna be great fun.

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:46 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

As a Rockets fan, I would rather we just go out and get a defensive minded center (Dalembert).  This trade guts the team.  Who will score?  The Rockets had one of the best records in the NBA in the 2nd half of last year once the rotation was settled.  They seem to be making a move just to make one. 

Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:35 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

The trade itself is not ideal, but truly the best they could hope for and necessary. The team as is, is not going anywhere. I hate giving up Scola and Martin, but theres no way you can upgrade this roster via trades without giving up legit talent. The Rockets are handcuffed in terms of what they can offer in talented free agents. This trade would give them a legit all-star and more cap space to sign someone else like a Nene (unless NJ continues to go nuts in increasing their offer). Gasol has shown he can be soft and valuable. When motivated and showcased properly, he is a top 3 center/forward in this league. So although the Rockets truly are giving up more than I like, its a fair trade for all parties in my opinion.

Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:34 pm

Like a bunch of little girls

It's fun to watch the emotions fly in the NBA; no one can decide what the heck they want. When Miami was creating their superteam, everyone complained about the end of the NBA and how only a few teams would be competing. Now that it's LA creating a superteam, everyone's in favor of it. 

I don't like Gilbert, but I agree with his concerns. The NBA isn't a fantasy league that is played for fun, it's a real job with real consequences. That means if you have the power to stop a competitor from acquiring more assets you do it. Gilbert knows his team is irrelevant, but letting major talent stockpile on a few teams guarantees that it will remain so.

Regarding the lockout: the players don't have squat without the owners, whereas the owners can always find more players. The truth is, fans don't care about Chris Paul specifically, they care about the talents he has. And since he isn't the only one in the world with those talents, he has little leverage. The owners should be able to do whatever they want with the league since they are ones shouldering the risks. The players are replaceable, what with the NCAAB and foreign competition getting better.  

Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:31 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

Davis Stern made a huge error in judgemnet voiding the first deal. This is just a way for the old geezer to safe face and preserve what remains of his legacy after having done so. And, yes, Chris Paul is worth trading Odom and Gasol for. He plays the most important position on the court and might be the best in the league at it. He brings speed and athleticism to the Lakers, something they are sorely lacking. Quick point guards have been breaking down the Lakers defense for the past several years. Is it a lot to give up to get him? Of course it is. You don't get players of his caliber without giving up players of high quality in return. In the short run, the trade hurts the Lakers frontcourt because of Bynum's inability to stay on the floor throughout the season. But, it's a risk worth taking. It certainly provides Houston a much needed skilled big man who's a four time all-star. And, New Orleans is getting quite a bit in obtaining three projected starters with 50+ points and 15+ rebounds of production, a backup point guard, and firrst round draft pick(s). At, least as the original deal was structered. On the surface, it appears to be a rare trade that helps each team going forward.

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:31 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

This deal better be approved DAvid Stern. Stop messing around and stop letting whimpy owners like Gilbert who is a fairly new owner push you around and tell him to beat it and worry about rebuilding that sorry Cleveland franchise! Lets get going and let the chips fall were they may and let the GM's do their job and get their roster's together for this short NBA season. Its time for some B_BALL!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:25 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

Primadonna's dictatating where the want to play skipping right past free agency. Another reason i don't watch the NBA.


Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:23 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

Paul is not near worth Gasol and Odom! What are these teams thinking???

your kidding right?  obviously you havent watched chris paul play, players like odom are a dime a dozen, nothing special, thats why he was thrown away by the heat in his prime for an aging superstar like shaq, gasol is good, but once again, lakers have always been able to wheel and deal for big men, but when you have the oppritunity to bring in arguably the best point guard in the league, you do it, no questions asked, as long as they arent giving up kobe, it is a good move for the future, and this is coming from a hornets fan

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:15 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

Why would the Rockets give up two of the best players in the NBA for Gasol. Why don't they just go out and get a center??? If they had a decent center with the rest of the players they have....the Rockets could definitely compete for a title. Kevin Martin and Luis Scola are each equally as good as why give up both and draft picks??? Doesn't make sense. And why would the Lakers give up so much for Chris Paul. Paul is not near worth Gasol and Odom! What are these teams thinking???

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