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Lakers trade for Chris Paul: Grade the Trade

Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:28 pm
 


By Matt Moore  

It's good to be on top.

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a deal to acquire Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets in a three-way deal with the Houston Rockets. Los Angeles trades Lamar Odom to New Orleans and Pau Gasol to Houston, while the Rockets send Luis Scola and Kevin Martin to New Orleans.

Kaboom.

The Lakers missed the NBA Finals by two rounds last year, getting swept by the Dallas Mavericks. They watched Chris Paul destroy them in the first round, showing some of their weakness. So they went out and got him. They have acquired the best point guard in the NBA, their best point guard since Magic Johnson, and gotten a premier All-Star in his prime to pair with Kobe Bryant on his way towards the sunset.

The Lakers are clearly not done, and will continue to pursue a deal to trade Andrew Bynum to the Orlando Magic to bring Dwight Howard and create their own big three, arguably a better one than the one in Miami. It's an arms race in the NBA, and the Lakers have the biggest budget and most capital to use. And so they have responded to all this Knicks-Heat-Chicago nonsense with their own move, after helping kickstart the race three years ago by acquiring Pau Gasol from Memphis. They're one move away from checkmate.

In the interim, the team did lose a lot of talent. Pau Gasol has flirted with "best big man in the game" for the past three seasons prior to last spring's meltdown. Lamar Odom is a hyper-athletic, versatile veteran who has been a part of three Finals teams and two championships. Neither on the right side of 30, but both still have a lot of value left.

And yet, the takeback is staggering. CP3, in his prime, to provide Kobe Bryant with the clutch guard he's never had. Even in losing their frontcourt, leaving them with a gaping hole at power forward, and even without a trade for Howard, the Lakers now feature Chris Paul able to lob to Andrew Bynum and kick to Kobe Bryant. And for Paul, whose knees are a question mark, to have Bryant to handle the ball and take the load off, he may have extended his career by four seasons.

For Bryant, it may be a rough transition giving the ball up. But it also means no more wondering about his teammates. There will be no outraged glares at Paul. He won't blow defensive assignments. He won't miss Bryant when he's open. Instead, if Bryant is open for a half-second inside, on the wing, or at half-court, Paul will find him. Bynum also comes away big in this deal. He's never had a guard to work with his insane athleticism. Bynum on the pick and roll, rolling to the basket for an alley-oop? It's Paul, the master of the alley-oop, dishing it now.

Do the Lakers have holes now? Absolutely. Starting with power forward, the length they've enjoyed inside to disrupt passing lanes and tip-in misses is gone, even with Bynum still in place. They've lost a perennial Sixth Man of the Year candidate, and they're just as weak at backup center as ever. They've lost a lot of scoring, a lot of rebounds, a lot of defense. But they gained one of the top five players in the league and have positioned themselves expertly to add a second if they can lean on the Magic enough. With or without Howard, if you pull a deal to get the best player in the league at his position (Derrick Rose is not a point guard, he's a Derrick Rose), you get an A.

Grade: A
Comments

Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:26 pm
 

Lakers trade for Chris Paul: Grade the Trade

Hold off on the cake Faker Fan!



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:37 pm
 

Lakers trade for Chris Paul: Grade the Trade

lakers got TWO trade exceptions as part of this deal, they can sign David West at power forward, and then trade Andrew Bynum and Steve Blake for Dwight Howard and Hedo Turk. They will sign Free Agent Jason Kopono tomorrow

That will give them 

C - Dwight Howard 
PF - David West / Hedo Turk / D.Caracter / Majok (R)
SF - Artest / Barnes / Kopono / Walton
SG - Kobe / Ebanks / D. Morris (R)
PG - Paul / Fisher / Blake / Gouldlock (R)

They will still need to sign a BU Center  

that starting five will cause fits for opposing teams 



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:27 pm
 

Lakers trade for Chris Paul: Grade the Trade

With or without Howard, if you pull a deal to get the best player in the league at his position ( is not a point guard, he's a Derrick Rose), you get an A.
No, Derrick Rose actually is a pg. I believe he's also played that same position in college. And yes, he's a better all around player than Paul.

Anyhow, the trade gets a C to me. The trade would have got an A+ if they found a way to get Paul and just give up Pau Gasol. Of course that probably wasnt going to happen. With that said, now all they have to throw around in a trade for Dwight Howard is a young and unproven Bynum.

Assuming the likely which is the Lakers don't get Howard, the Lakers will have to depend on the health of Andrew Bynum. And that isn't reliable now is it? The Lakers lost quite a bit by giving up both Odom and Gasol for Paul. They basically gave up depth for star power. We'll see if that is a formula for success.

Only way the Lakers get Howard is if they get another third team involved.




Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:11 pm
 

Lakers trade for Chris Paul: Grade the Trade

Here is the link to the trade being on "hold." 



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:10 pm
 

Lakers trade for Chris Paul: Grade the Trade

ESPN just released a subsequent story that this trade is on "hold" due to intervention of some NBA owners and David Stern. 




Since: Dec 25, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:42 pm
 

Lakers trade for Chris Paul: Grade the Trade

has anyone ever heard of isiah thomas



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:42 pm
 

Lakers trade for Chris Paul: Grade the Trade

It's great to be a Laker fan! This franchise has done it again. Obtained a top five player in the league, opened up cap space to obtain Pauls buddy, David West and off we go to another championship this year. Anyone who thinks the Lakers gave up to much is not paying attention and did not watch Paul in last years playoffs. Paul is a better Steve Nash in his prime and the Lakers now have the top back court in the NBA and it aint even that close. After they sign West, they still have $$$ to fill in for the #4 and 5 back-ups and now will finally have a little swagger back in there team that has been missing since Shaq left. I loved Gaosl and Odom, but, they are on the wrong side of 30 and after last years playoffs where both of those players disappeared, the Lakers will now have guys on the team that have a little toughness. By the way, if you are a free agent out there right now, I got to believe you would want to play with the Lakers with Paul running the point. Mike Brown's system emphasizes the point and Paul single handily almost upset the Lakers last year in the playoffs with their second best player, West, hurt. It was also nice to beat the Celtics on this trade as well, just some icing on the birthday cake today!!



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Lakers trade for Chris Paul: Grade the Trade

As a Laker fan i am NOT happy with this trade. The lakers success and the advantage they have used to get those last two rings was ALWAYS their length!  This team just lost not ONE but TWO 7 footers for a Guard that dominates the ball (like Kobe needs to)  if they miss out on Howard they just killed themselves big time :((



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:33 pm
 

Lakers trade for Chris Paul: Grade the Trade

Two words: Andre. Blache.
LOL, the Lakes are gonna get killed in the playoffs! How are the bad knees on Paul and Kobe gonna hold up under the strain of 7 games in 9 nights in this shortened season?



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Lakers trade for Chris Paul: Grade the Trade

R u comparing Paul to Magic?  Wow!  Magic also played every position.  Paul can't.  Paul will never be in Magic's class.  D Will is better than Paul.


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