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Report: Hornets, Magic both thinking deal with Lakers

Dec 5, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

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The New Orleans Hornets have their eyes wide open and know they are going to have to trade Chris Paul. The Orlando Magic are holding out more hope of retaining Dwight Howard but that feels like a longshot as well. The front offices in both cities have to be gauging offers right now, or they are not doing their jobs.

But if they are both looking to make a deal, do they both want to deal with the Lakers? Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski says that may make it a race between the two sides.

Why? You’re not going to get equal value back when you trade your superstar, but Andrew Bynum comes about as close as it gets. And the Lakers will part with him.

In a lot of ways, the Hornets and Orlando Magic are in a race to make a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers for Paul and Howard. They’re running so many scenarios across the big boards in their offices, but make no mistake: Los Angeles is the port that can entice Paul and Howard to sign extensions, with the one player – young center Andrew Bynum – as a centerpiece that can justify the trade.

The Lakers and Hornets talked several days ago, league sources told Yahoo! Sports, but it was one of those circuitous conversations that left the sides unclear what it would take to get a deal done, and the talk ended with no formal offers. The Lakers and Hornets expect to speak again this week, sources said. The prospect of Pau Gasol as the primary player going to the Hornets won’t be acceptable, sources said. The Lakers will ultimately be willing to let New Orleans pick its player in the deal – Bynum or Gasol – but New Orleans is determined to get quality, and quantity, in a deal.

The Nets will offer Brook Lopez and picks, but most teams would rather have Bynum than Lopez. That seems like a fallback.

For the Lakers, Chris Paul gives them the missing athleticism and someone who could be very good on the pick-and-roll with Pau Gasol. Dwight Howard upgrades them in the paint and gives them a younger star to transition with in the post-Kobe Bryant era.

We’ll see if this happens, however. After a lockout filled with talk of competitive balance could the league-owned Hornets send Chris Paul off to the Lakers to form another trio of stars? Would the other owners tolerate that from David Stern? As for the Magic, could they trade Dwight Howard to the franchise that took Shaquille O’Neal away from them? There would be fan backlash.

Which is a way of saying we are a long way from a deal either way here. But the Lakers may have the best offer out there and that is going to count for something.

  1. stadix093 - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Any second now that Randolph guy will be here saying this report is stupid and D12 is going to the Nets to play with D will because the Lakers are old and Brooklyn rules. No new my friend I took care of it for you. LAKERS BABY!

    • darealrandolph - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:46 PM

      dont kill me bro
      trade d12 to the nets cuz it will allow the magic organization to rebuild quicker cp3 want to be on my knicks bad and if the magic allow d12 to join the lakers that means every big man they draft will eventually join the lakers organization one day.trade d12 to nets cuz they will give u draft picks,take hedo bad contract off ur books plus u get a young talent in brook lopez instead of injury prone center andrew bynum which is also a restricted free agent in 2012 and probably want to leave the magic if they dont give him max dollars
      New York Knicks Baby Cp3 will join Melo and Amare

    • darealrandolph - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:54 PM

      Stefan Bondy: Asked if Howard would sign extension if traded to Nets, Deron said, “I’m sure he would.”

    • darealrandolph - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:32 PM

      the LAKERS should go after Monta Ellis cuz ur not getting cp3 or d12

    • darealrandolph - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:34 PM

      http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/7319396/deron-williams-90-percent-chance-stay-new-jersey-nets

  2. teke184 - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    If the Hornets send CP3 to the Lake Show, it’ll be part of a multi-team deal, IMHO.

    Bynum’s questionable knees and a lack of picks / cheap young talent coming back to NOLA don’t make for an appealing deal for a one-on-one trade.

    If they can bring in a trade partner willing to eat Emeka Okafor’s contract and/or send back cheap young players / draft picks, then you’ve got a deal that Dell Demps will take.

  3. bparmalee - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Not really sure why my comments get deleted but on I go: Chris Paul wont be traded to the Lakers because he wont sign an extension with them. He is said to not be a “west coast” guy at all. Also he is a “new” era player and he wants to play with his contemporaries. Kobe’s great but he seems to want to be comfortable in a city with some of his friends. Any team..other than the Knicks… that trade for Paul will just be renting him for a year.

  4. cosanostra71 - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Hmm.. would be nice to pick up either of those players obviously, but count me as still skeptical of this.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:08 PM

      Who would you rather have?

      • cosanostra71 - Dec 5, 2011 at 8:20 PM

        As a Lakers fan, PG is a bigger need than big men. We would have to give up one or more of our 3 bigs to get that PG though so it will thin our frontcourt (currently our biggest strength) though. In a perfect world I’d rather have Dwight Howard. I think it is easier to build around a big man than a guard. But I am still skeptical we will get either. Obviously I would love to see it though.

      • bozosforall - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:02 PM

        How bout this, cosanostra71?

        Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson to the Lakers for Bynum, Odom and two first round picks. Maybe even throw in someone like Shannon Brown for good measure.

        That way the Lakers get Howard (to replace Bynum), Nelson (who is a middle-class man’s Chris Paul) and get to get rid of the up-and-down inconsistency of Odom.

  5. jolink653 - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    even if chris paul gets dealt to the lakers he’ll still come to new york next season so the lakers might as well focus on a trade with orlando instead of throwing bynum away for one year of chris paul

  6. essfjay - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    honestly the lakers need a PG much more than D12 right now. Fisher is old on both sides of the ball & CP3 would be an incredible upgrade.

    • darealrandolph - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:31 PM

      jus get monta ellis cuz ur not getting cp3 or d12

  7. isaiahforreal - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    This is gonna get old quick, only reason I can see a trade with the Nets for Superman is because Nets have the pieces to make a deal just my .02

  8. mikey1977 - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Story changes every hour…these reports are starting to feel like complete fabrication …

  9. djkiddb01 - Dec 5, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Let’s be honest here, C Andrew Bynum and PF Lamar Odom to Orlando is a very good deal for the Magic. Please stop with Brook Lopez and Carlos Boozer to Orlando talk. Both Lopez and Boozer are not franchise players and never will be. Just look at what Lopez does on a bad team and what Boozer does with superstars (Williams in Utah & Rose in Chicago) . And please stop with the Clippers being a possibility; their superstar is still under a rookie contract. If the Clippers should amnesty someone it should be their owner!

    • bozosforall - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:04 PM

      Give the Magic someone like Shannon Brown and a draft pick or two, then have them throw Jameer Nelson into the deal.

  10. diablito0402 - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    @bparmalee
    Cp3. Not a westcoast guy, who doesent like 77 degree wether with no humidity year round, hollywood, the beach, maybee he likes the beautiful bronx i dunno!

    • Josh Perez - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:53 AM

      I know right. I don’t know why he don’t love the traffic in LA, paying more for stuff just because is LA and being confused for a skater, parkour practicant or actor and instead he wants to go to a city with a wonderful transportation system that makes you not mind the traffic, 8 million people which means more endorsement money than any other city and a city that can offer anything you need. Is crazy eh!

      • theduuuuuuuuuude - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:45 PM

        I doubt you’ll see any NBA players using public transportation in NY or LA, so this is really a moot point. As for paying more for stuff, I don’t think money is an object for CP3, not to mention New York is easily as expensive as LA. Another moot point. There are nearly 13,000,000 in the Los Angeles metro area, so there is plenty of room for endorsements out on the west coast, besides the fact that most endorsements aren’t restricted to the city that you play in.

        There are plenty of other reasons a player like CP3 to L.A. (the legacy of one of the leagues most successful teams, a chance to play with and become the heir apparent to Kobe, playing for the Buss family who are regarded as among the best owners in all of sports, playing in a world class arena like Staples center as opposed to the dump MSG that is currently undergoing renovations, no snow or freezing weather, etc. etc.)

  11. diablito0402 - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Randolph guy, lebrick turned down the knicks cause there garbage of a frachise, starting with upper management, and the Nets, well what can i say, o yeah pathetic.theres a reason you hate on the lakers,, Because they are ggrrreeaaatttt!

  12. passerby23 - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Lakers just don’t seem to have the collateral to make a big splash. The entire roster is too old minus Bynum. If you’re N.O., maybe you take him for Paul in the hopes of getting someone but it seems they could get a lot more for Paul elsewhere.

    Orlando could get some good young pieces from Chicago for Howard. The Lakers are tied up with big contracts with aging players. Not attractive for rebuilding teams.

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:05 AM

      It comes to this, do you think Noah and Deng are better than Bynum 5 years from now?

      • loungefly74 - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:45 AM

        hmmm…good question. i say no. of course injuries factor in but Bynum will be a seasoned beast in 5 years.

  13. sportsfan2011 - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:25 AM

    As a Hornets fan all this CP3 wanting out makes me sick. I hope we trade him somewhere he doesn’t wanna be. They need franchise tags in the NBA. They have too much say.

  14. markpfs - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    Lakers are not the Knicks, there is a ton of talent there. They don’t need to gut the team and start over. CP is a needed part that would improve them. Bynum can be dealt with pics (lots of picks is needed). Gasol can move to center where he was when they won their last championship. Artest can go bye-bye and they can sign Big Baby for depth or PF starter. That gives them a great line up that has some youth to it and doesn’t kill the team chemistry. Would love to have Pau stay at PF and pick up his brother for center. This seems do-able and sets them up for when KB retires because somebody will be available to take his spot by then.

    • bozosforall - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:06 PM

      I’d love to see Big Baby on the Lakers. We already know that he looks good in purple and gold.

  15. diablito0402 - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    In L. A everything is expensive because everything is beautiful, in N.Y its expensive and ugly bacause you just dont have many houses to choose from, (buy), but your right about the transportation, who doesent love the sub tagged with a bunch of sexxy graffiti ehh?

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