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Lakers nix Chris Paul trade; to ship Odom to Mavs

Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:01 am
Edited on: December 11, 2011 2:03 am
 
Posted by Ben Golliverkobe-bryant-chris-paul

The Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers trade proposal has blown up.

After three days of negotiations that reportedly included two potential 3-team trade frameworks that would have sent the New Orleans Hornets All-Star point guard to the Lakers, word on Saturday night is that Los Angeles has abandoned those talks to head in a different direction.

ESPN.com and DraftExpress.com both reported that the Lakers have pulled out of the 3-team discussions, which also included the Houston Rockets. ESPN.com further reported that the Lakers will trade forward Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks, who earlier received a large trade exception in return for trading center Tyson Chandler to the New York Knicks, in exchange for "unspecified draft considerations." The Dallas Morning News later reported that the pick will be top-20 protected with the Mavericks having six years to decide when to turn it over to the Lakers.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirms that the Lakers are "out of the Chris Paul talks and will trade Lamar Odom to Dallas into exception created by Tyson Chandler." Odom's 2011-2012 salary of $8.9 million easily fits into the 8-figure trade exception created by Chandler's departure.

If the Lakers really do move Odom, a key rotation member and solid value, simply to acquire a trade exception and picks, then all signs point to this being a set-up move prior to pursuing another trade, perhaps one including Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard, a long-time rumored Lakers target. On Friday, Berger reported that the Magic had given Howard's agent permission to speak with the Lakers.

Another possible explanation for the trade: Odom's state of mind. After being involed in the Paul trade rumors, Odom did not attend Lakers training camp on Friday, instead meeting with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and then departing the team's practice facility, according to the Los Angeles Times

"To me, I would think it's better to stay away," Odom told the paper. "You know, the energy and all. I don't know how it's going to go right now. It's a little weird."

The Lakers' decision to give up their pursuit of Paul comes two days after NBA commissioner David Stern stepped in to veto one 3-team trade proposal and hours after reports indicated that the teams had submitted another proposal for his approval. It also comes hours after Berger reported that a "framework of revamped trade agreement" had been reached among the parties, one that was "pending approval of the commissioner."

Saturday's offer would have seen the Houston Rockets send Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and a draft pick to New Orleans, as they had in Thursday's original offer, but would have included further deal tweaks will occur between the Lakers and Hornets. The original proposal also had the Lakers sending All-Star big man Pau Gasol to the Rockets and Odom to the Hornets. 

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 after Stern nixed the original move 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.
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nbakill1
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 7:55 pm
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Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Lakers nix Chris Paul trade; to ship Odom to Mavs

sigma1577,

Bynum, Meta plus trade exemp salary wise will not land Dwight in LA. It has been widely sad in the Net, that Orlando will include Hedo Turkoglu in any tade for Howard.Their combined salary for 2011-12 is about $ 28.4 milions. On the other hands, Bynum, Meta combines for $ 21.9 mil.So there should be several first round pics included. My consern is that DH is looking to go to the Nets, instead of LA. Maybe, he does not see the aged Lakers team as a real contender anymore.

I have previousely posted my conserns about our front office and their decision making ability. The LO trade to Dallas proved me 100% right. How big of a idiot can you be, to trade a player as Lamar for first round pic from the very end of the first round list? And how can you trade one of your best player to a real rival from Western Conference? Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak are equaly even IDIOTS.
And I can bet, the Lakers will not succeed to sign Dwight Howard either. Who will like to play with thirty something years old starters as we have - Fish, Kobe, Pau, Meta...??? Just garbages like Jason Kapono. No one else.And that is the result of ill-making decisions made from Kupchak and sie over the last 7-8 years.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:26 am
 

Lakers nix Chris Paul trade; to ship Odom to Mavs

Mavs fans....you will love Lamar for 40 games out of the regular season.  Great nights followed up by lackluster performances.  The dude is an enigma.  Still, as a Laker fan, L.O. will be missed because he was a major factor in bringing titles to the Lakers.



Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 7:54 am
 

Lakers nix Chris Paul trade; to ship Odom to Mavs

Back-up plan....Paul and West to C's for Rondo, Green and pick(s).   Younger (yes), equivalent value (okay maybe), salary cap (hmmm).   What would Sterminator do?



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 7:17 am
 

Lakers nix Chris Paul trade; to ship Odom to Mavs

their goes stern again..idiot. The guy needs to leave the NBA period. I just dont kniow what to say anymore about this guy. He is WORTHLESS! And more of a problem than anything else.



Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:19 am
 

Lakers nix Chris Paul trade; to ship Odom to Mavs

The NBA sux



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:18 am
 

Lakers nix Chris Paul trade; to ship Odom to Mavs

usmcfla1, I would think Howard could resign if the Lakers, Celtics or Bulls traded for him. And Dallas on an outside chance.

Only in the last few days has Howard focused in on the Nets. The chance to follow Shaq may not be the best place to go but he would know they would do everything to field a winning team.

Lakers have to remove some highly paid player to sign Paul, so no, Lakers could not sign Paul with Bynum, Gasol and Kobe on the roster. Too far over the cap. Pau, Kobe and Bynum are on the books for $55 million. They have to have one of those 3 gone.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:03 am
 

Lakers nix Chris Paul trade; to ship Odom to Mavs

Huh? C, do you really think the Lakers can get Howard with out giving up Bynum or Gasol or both?

That will not happen. Howard could not be traded for a box tissue, which is all the Lakers have except for Kobe, Pau, Meta and Bynum.

And I doubt the league would stand for a trade that was Meta and shiney beads for Howard. Make the Fail Paul trade look tame.

Any trade for Howard has to start with Bynum becaus ethey can't play together. And 3 centers in a starting lineup? Too cluttered in paint.

On the other hand, if the Lakers trade Bynum and Gasol for Howard and Turkoglu then use the trade exemption to get a scoring SF and let Meta play PF, they would stillbe in play for Chris Paul next summer as a FA.

Or Bynum, Meta and trade exemp for Howrd and  someone to fill out the salaries, they would be inproved over last year.

World is still spinning.



Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:59 am
 

Lakers nix Chris Paul trade; to ship Odom to Mavs

I don't think you understand. I'm 90% sure the Howard trade would involve Bynum and whatever they get for Odom. If they somehow hold onto Gasol I would love that lineup even more. I don't believe they can afford that though... But I know little about Lakers and the NBA salary. Hopefully they don't give up Bynum and Gasol for Howard because that would leave a huge hole. I would love to see......

PG : Fisher/Blake or a better defensive minded FA would be better.
SG : Kobe
SF : Metta World Peace/ Matt Barnes( I believe is the better player at this point)
PF : Pau Gasol
C : Dwight Howard

This could be a very formidable Lineup if they can fill a few holes with veterans. Once Again I don't know if Lakers could get Howard without getting rid of Gasol.



Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:51 am
 

Lakers nix Chris Paul trade; to ship Odom to Mavs

Well here will probably come a lawsuit against the league from the NBAPA. Watch the season go bye-bye once again, Dan Gilbert, and Stern managed to kill a saved season if this happens.



GM's are GM's for a reason. Denying the trade says at least 2 GM's are idiots, well Stern called the Hornets GM an idiot. This is what will probably happen.



I don't see Howard signing an extension if traded to anywhere else but NJ. So Lakers should stay away from that.



Howard might be traded mid-way to a team that will rent him for the rest of the season, watch him walk to the Net's



Paul might be traded mid-way to a team that will rent him for the rest of the season, watch him walk to the Laker's considering Knicks his top choice will have to sign and trade (most likely Stoudemire) to the Hornets, so the Lakers get him.



Hornets receive: Lakers scenario - A club with no idea of why they are in the league. Knicks scenario - Amare Stoudemire



Magic receive: Shaq II, but to NJ.



Stern - Probably gets fired if not steps down.



NBA - Watches players continue to demand trades to certain teams, and if not happy all they have to do is not sign an extension and walk to the team they wanted to go to. They wanted to stop the Lebron debacle, and when they are primed to stop it, by going through the trade route, they manage to fall flat down, and return to where they didn't want to be.


Either way, I am pretty happy that the Lakers, should now be able to sign maybe Josh McRoberts, or Chauncey Billups, stay solid to be able to challenge for the title, and 2012 Feature a team of Bynum, Gasol, MWP, Kobe, and Paul.



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