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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.
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Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:40 pm
 

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



Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:26 pm
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

This just in, Chris Paul was seen reading an ESPN magazine with Lebron James on the cover. It's confirmed, he's headed to Miami.



Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:25 pm
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

I'm hoping the L.A. Clippers don't send away any of their top talent.  Eric Gordon, DeAndre Jordan, and Blake Griffin are all the catalyst for this team.  They're young and very talented.  Both Jordan and Griffin has extensive contracts, but Gordon is rumored to be treaded if the Clippers like what they see in acquiring an all-star caliber players.  I say let Chris Paul go to the Lakers.  There's coming a time when the Clippers will be the main attraction at Staples.  You'll see.    



Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:15 pm
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

ESPN REPORTING????   It was NBA.COM that confirmed the story.  And as for the trade do it Pau G choked in the playoffs over and over.....Do it and then go get Superman and call it a day.




Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:05 pm
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

Stop smoking crack Al Valkenheiser. Yeah, a woman who's been raped settles the moment she's offered some money because she wants to see her rapist locked up.

Griffin is going to be wearing the purple and gold before you know it.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

Gasol was the best player not named Paul in the earlier 3-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.

His name is Pau, that is almost Paul... ha ha ha.



Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:02 pm
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

I hope he goes to the Lakers , and I am a Clippers fan .I don't want to see Gordon ( who is going to be a allstar)and the number 1 pick from Minnesota ( which will be a lottery pick for sure ) let him go to the lakers with the old rapist with bad knees for L.A. Is Gonna be Griffins town!!!!



Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:58 pm
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

@fez437 You nailed it!!!



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:50 pm
 

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

Espn is at it again......jumping the gun on Paul once more. When did espn become tmz? Rumor central


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