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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: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:49 am
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

The hell with CP3.  Send Bynum and 2 draft picks to the Magic get back Howard.   Take a short term solution for this year cause it's not gonna matter and get D.Williams from the Nets next year as a FA.   

You can have your
Kobe and D.Will
Gasol , Howard, and Meta or ( Favors )

Next year also if it doesnt' work send Gasol to some where else for some other depth get Ariza back then. 



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:24 am
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

phi: gasol, r. brewer, korver
lal: paul, brand, ariza
noh: hawes, evan turner, trade exception, 1st rounders from philly, lal, charlotte(chicago owns charlottes pick)
chi: iguadala
don't give up your day job.And I thought Stern was bad. I love how you have Chicago getting Igoudala and all they give up is a draft pick,
Last I checked Brewer and Korver are both member of the Bulls, so the Bulls are giving up more then a draft pick.  This is a funny trade idea



Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:21 am
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

Don't hold your breath !!!!



Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:55 am
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

haha, and the Lakers give up Pau and a 1st rounder, but get Brand, CP, and Ariza....This guy must be a huge Lakers fan. Only Laker fans are this dillusional about anything regarding the Lakers.



Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:00 am
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

phi: gasol, r. brewer, korver
lal: paul, brand, ariza
noh: hawes, evan turner, trade exception, 1st rounders from philly, lal, charlotte(chicago owns charlottes pick)
chi: iguadala

And I thought Stern was bad. I love how you have Chicago getting Igoudala and all they give up is a draft pick, don't give up your day job.



Since: Aug 7, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:55 pm
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

They should just make a damn deal and stop talking about it. I have faith in Mitch!! Go Lakers
http://youtu.be/BcZhTLyVtYU



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

And as for the trade do it Pau G choked in the playoffs over and over
ramsfan....are u serious?? i guess you dont recall LA winning back to back titles with Pau in 09-10
and in game 7 in 2010 vs boston PAU was the man...with 19 pts and 18 reb!!  so when did he choke??



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:46 pm
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

So let me get this straight. The Lakers were offering Pau and Lamar for Paul (through a third team). Now the talk is Pau for Paul straight up. That is more value? Oh I get it: less is more.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:46 pm
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

Does anyone even really care at this point? This is like Days of our lives. Same plot will go on for 5 months straight. 



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:44 pm
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

This sounds like a front office plot by Stern to make it appear as if these teams are competing for Paul. Paul's value is dropping quickly. Why would the Clippers give up all that young talent when Paul will not sign an extension (only not opting out)? Why would the Lakers work hard at this only to have reasonable offers refused? Stern is running out of options but he will do anything to save face or divert attention away from the mess he has created. The final agreement should be laughable: Stern will explain why it is a great deal and expect people to believe him: the sky is purple.


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