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Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:33 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2011 6:36 am
 
Posted by Ben Gollivercp3-kobe

It's Los Angeles vs. Los Angeles in the Chris Paul sweepstakes.

CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reports that the Clippers continue to be a possible trade partner, should the New Orleans Hornets finally relinquish Paul, their All-Star point guard, after days of rumored trade talks.

ESPN.com reported on Tuesday night that the Lakers, a team that twice had potential three-team deals for Paul struck down by NBA commissioner David Stern last weekend, are back in the thick of it.
The Los Angeles Lakers, however, continue to loom as a potential destination, sources said, despite their apparent exit from the Paul sweepstakes on Saturday. The Lakers walked away from the table after multiple attempts to complete a three-team trade with the Hornets and Houston Rockets for Paul, and then agreed to trade New Orleans-bound Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks instead.

ESPN.com learned Tuesday that a Lakers' deal for Paul has not yet been ruled out, contingent on the fact that they can recruit at least one other team to supply some of the young pieces that the league is demanding. But the Lakers do still have Gasol as a centerpiece, who could either replace Paul as the Hornets' franchise player or give New Orleans a top-20 player to be dangled in subsequent deals.

"The Lakers are definitely still in this," said one source close to the talks.
NBA.com confirms that both the Clippers and the Lakers are "both in play" for Paul's services.
 
Gasol was the best player not named Paul in the earlier three-team framework with Houston, so it was a bit unusual that he was not originally headed back to the team that stood to lose the best player involved. But that was the nature of the Lakers' dilemma, as they simply did not have enough young pieces and/or draft picks to make an enticing offer that would have helped New Orleans rebuild in the wake of the loss of their franchise player. 

Since those talks fell apart, former Hornets All-Star forward David West signed a two-year deal with the Indiana Pacers and Lakers forward Lamar Odom, who would have been sent to New Orleans, was instead traded to the Mavericks. In other words, New Orleans' frontline is now incredibly thin and the prospect of acquiring Gasol could be more palatable than the idea of making do by re-signing free agent forward Carl Landry.

Such a trade would leave Los Angeles with newly-acquired forward Josh McRoberts and center Andrew Bynum up front, pending any other moving pieces. That's not a ton of depth, especially given Bynum's propensity for injury and knuckle-headed behavior. Lakers forward Derrick Caracter suffered a knee injury during training camp on Tuesday, further compromising the Lakers' frontcourt.
Comments

Since: Apr 5, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:21 am
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

Word of advice to Dallas fans......Dont make any trade rumers about Lamar or you will hurt his feelings and he will go cry on kloe's shoulder and she will tell him to beg and get traded....hahaha 



Since: Aug 5, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:04 am
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

Lakers GM does not have a plan on what to do with the team. Lakers need Front court/bench help and instead sign McRoberts who is slow and clueless, I can't wait for Kobe to ride him when he doesn't play D.



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:01 am
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

I completely agree with you.  I was actually PRAYING they would lose the entire season and was mad when they solved it.  Now I'm mad again because this is becoming silly season like a political circus.  It is way beyond time Stern stepped down for ruining this league.  They might as well eliminate half the teams who will never win anything and let the remaining teams load up on superstars so this thing can be competitive.  What a JOKE, great job destroying a once very good brand name.



Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:38 am
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

What a joke this sport is becoming.  I am going to have a hard time following it this season.



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:30 am
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

I hope the Saints get Paul Gasol.  He is a good running back and very fast sometimes.  He likes to throw the ball far and can run ver y quick upstream and down the court.  Just like Lebwade



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:11 am
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

I hope they do it! It would make the Lakers worse yet!



Since: Jan 5, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:07 am
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

If they make this deal, the Lakers will certainly have the best back court in the league... but what about their forwards?  With Gasol and Odom out of there, who is starting.  Please don't say Matt Barnes!
Unless they are planning another deal, they are going from one of the best and biggest front courts to one of the weakest.  All they have left is an injury prown Bynum in the middle. 




Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 5:07 am
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

Is stern crazy? If he disallowed the trade, what has he said that makes the lakers think they can get Paul. JUst cause that guy from Cleveland writes a letter now all the trades have to go through Stern? The Nba makes it very hard to stay interested in them. I guess  most of us like basketball so much we just ignore idiots and ego-maniacs.



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 5:03 am
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

Will need another team involved, the Lakers don't have enough by themselves to make the deal. 



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:56 am
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

Now the talk is Pau for Paul straight up. That is more value? Oh I get it: less is more
Pau was going to the rockets in the first trade.

Since NO just lost David West and don't want to resign Carl Landry this isn't such a farfetched idea. Pau is still one of the top PF's in the league, don't underestimate his value.


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