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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. and both reported that the Lakers have pulled out of the 3-team discussions, which also included the Houston Rockets. 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 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.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:47 am

Lakers nix Chris Paul trade; to ship Odom to Mavs

Someone needs to wipe the egg off Stern's face. For the Hornets, this is a huge loss. Clearly no other trade from any other team for Paul was a good as the one the saw with the Lakers and the Rockets. That is why they went back to try to redo that deal.

Hornets now have a upset Paul with no one willing to move him to a team where he can share the load. And with West going to Boston what was gained in the lockout?

And what is Dallas doing? Lamar does not fit into style they played during the playoffs this past summer. Is this the setup for another trade for the Mavericks? Carter? Wright? Now Odom?

Somebody stop the world, I want to get off!

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:44 am

Lakers nix Chris Paul trade; to ship Odom to Mavs

Something is definitely going down between Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers.  Personally, I think it was best that the CP3 deal did not go through.  L.A. was risking to lose two key big man in exchange for a smaller guard.  Not ideal in today's NBA game. Now, it appears that L.A. is closer to acquiring Howard.  I wouldn't be surprise if Dwight has already committed to L.A. and it's just a matter of time when the news becomes public.  If the Lakers do pickup Howard (and all indications leads that way), can you imagine what a revamp lineup L.A. would have: Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, and Dwight Howard as the starting five...WOW!!  And I'm no Lakers fan but telling it like it is.  If Superman 2 goes to Hollywood, than LeBron James and Co. will have to wait for their time to shine because Tinseltown has just become the basketball capital of the world.   

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:36 am

Lakers nix Chris Paul trade; to ship Odom to Mavs

doubt if they keep gasol.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:31 am

Lakers nix Chris Paul trade; to ship Odom to Mavs

The NBA wont start on time with this madness.Stern sucks

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:29 am

Lakers nix Chris Paul trade; to ship Odom to Mavs

praise the Lord and thank you David Stern.  CP3 is solid but unnecessary; this way we keep Pau and get Howard.  A monster move if it comes through.   Sorry to see Lamar go, but that's pro sports.

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:27 am

Lakers nix Chris Paul trade; to ship Odom to Mavs

bye lamar...yeah for l.a.

Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:26 am

Lakers nix Chris Paul trade; to ship Odom to Mavs

You must care, why else would you be reading this story...????

Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:19 am

Lakers nix Chris Paul trade; to ship Odom to Mavs

who cares

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:17 am

Lakers nix Chris Paul trade; to ship Odom to Mavs

Chris Paul should play out his last season in New Orleans, then sign with whoever he wants. Then he can publicly tell Stern that Stern is the reason New Orleans is left with nothing in return.

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