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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.'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. 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. 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. 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.

Since: Mar 23, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 4:22 pm

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

I truly believe the League knows that they have a much bigger mess on their hands if they do not trade Paul by the season; I believe Paul is trying to take the high road by not speaking to the media, but I do not see him playing for the "league" via the Hornets and has made it known.  the NBA know it will be a PR nightmare as Chris Paul expresses his displeasure in being "enslaved" by the NBA by this process, and ensure itself that they will not be able to sell that franchise, because who will want to invest into a league that seems to be ran in a such a disorganized fashion?

A franchise has been on the block for over a year now.  Tells me the league is in much bigger trouble than people are willing to admit to.

Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:56 pm
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Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:51 pm

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

That the Lakers are still involved is something that can be said about every team in the league. Except, with every other team in the league it's not newsworthy. With the Lakers, it is. Of course Mitch is going to listen when the league calls and requests they try and put together a deal for Paul. Reality suggests he's not really working it on his own. Why would he after the NBA shot down the first perfectly legit trade? The league knows interest in Paul has dwindled since they strongarmed Demps to the side. GMs don't want to ruin team chemistry and have stopped calling the Hornets front office about any deals. Agents certainly don't want their clients names mentioned in any deals that are nixed. Who can trust any potential trade with NO will actually happen at this point? Noone!!! It's about time rumor central stopped buying into the league's suggestions that teams are working on anything involving the Hornets. Fact is, the same can be said about any team at any time. That's just business as usual in the NBA. However, there is no business as usual when it comes to the Hornets franchise these days now that the NBA has taken over. Stop all this nonsense and just report on reality, please.

Since: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:41 pm

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

So the Lakers trade Gasol for Paul and their front court is Bynum,  Barnes, & World B Peace? Oh I forgot McRoberts (but then doesn't everyone). Well I guess that will work since Kobe and Paul will never give the ball to anyone else (but they have to get it first). Welcome to Showtime Mike Brown!

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:28 pm

From a Lakers fan...

Dear Lakers, please remove yourselves from any Chris Paul discussion.  It would severely hurt the team to trade Gasol for Paul.  The Lakers would be better off waiting to see if Paul will be a free agent next year or Deron Williams.  All of your efforts should be focused on Dwight Howard or standing still.  We have already traded Odom for beans.  We are getting worse while the Mavericks, our prime competition in the West is getting better. Please consider the botched trade as a Divine sign and back away.

Since: Apr 2, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:26 pm

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

Wow. Do you even watch basketball?

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:53 pm

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

All of these trades sound ridiculous to me.  You cannot have a team owned by the league, allowed to have the commissioner cherry pick deals that suit his taste.  The original CP3 deal was shot down simply because Stern did not like it.

What I am seeing is an apparent lack of depth and talent across the board, this simply means there are too many franchises to support.  Natural selection, thin the herd.  Lose Sacramento, New Orleans, Houston, Toronto, Cleveland, Charlotte, Minnesota, Washington for could probably do without Golden State, Utah and Detroit too.

The lockout seems to have resolved nothing, except to delay the inevitiable fate of the league......another lockout or a collapsed agreement or break up of the league.  Either way, I'm fine, I say let them all fail miserably together.

Since: Sep 20, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:30 pm

Chris Paul & Dwight Howard

This just in Magic trade Howard and Hornets trade Paul to Clippers for their entire franchise and now the NBA office gets to decide what teams the players will go to while the Clippers owner gets all of his share of the TV revenue and smiles. Now back to reality where everyone is looking for a Nets type trade for their star players and somehow the Lakers make another great trade and everyone moans, again.

Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:09 pm

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

The Lake Show needs to do something or get off the pot shall we say.... They were not at fault for the CP3 mess BUT they did do a hurry up trade of L.O. to the Mavs & that was a stupid knee jerk reaction that I am surprosed Mitch made. (It could have been Baby Buss behind it meanng Mitch was afraid to argue about it)

Now the Lake Show needs to do a reverse on CP3 & come up with a package for Westbrook...  They need to put something on the table that will forse that trade & the only thing that can make that happen isWestbrook himself by DEMANDING a trade to the Lakers. He might not be a free agent BUT if he makes enough of a stink it would go down...

If not the above then bottom line is they will be a 3rd class team. They may not be the main cause of the CP3 mess but they are the ones suffering for it... The Hornets are who they are, the Rockets the same old Rockets BUT the Lake Show was damaged heavaly because they lost L.O. because of Stern....

Now more then ever they need to really blow up the whole team & think of the future, not this year but the years ahead.. Father Buss new it was time to dump the Shaq & suffer a few years to rebuild, the problem was that Phil was looming & Phil thinks old is good so there was no attempt to build for the future post Kobe. Now however is the time & if that means trading the whole crew for 1st round draft choices, then so be it... Yes Kobe will be upset BUT when & he will demand a trade would bring us at least 2 under #5 draft picks in the coming year & that would be more then worth it.... 

Since: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:30 am

Lakers talking Pau Gasol for Chris Paul trade?

I still say that David Stern is an idiot for blocking out the first trade proposal from Rockets and Lakers. Now suffer the consequence! The Hornets will end up with sub-par players in exchange for Chris Paul.

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