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Lakers complete three-team blockbuster to acquire Chris Paul

Dec 8, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT

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In the blink of an eye, the entire landscape of the NBA has changed. As originally reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Hornets, and Houston Rockets have agreed on the framework of a deal that will bring Chris Paul to L.A. The long-standing rumors linking the league’s best point guard and premier glamour franchise have finally been actualized, giving the Lakers the kind of transcendent star to usher in the post-Kobe Bryant era.

The specifics of the deal are as follows:

Los Angeles receives:

Chris Paul*

In exchange for:

Pau Gasol
Lamar Odom

Houston receives:

Pau Gasol

In Exchange for:

Luis Scola
Kevin Martin
Goran Gragic
2012 first round draft pick (originally from New York)

New Orleans receives:

Lamar Odom
Luis Scola
Kevin Martin
Goran Dragic
a 2012 first round draft pick (originally from New York, via Houston)

In exchange for: 

Chris Paul

*According to salary cap wizard Larry Coon of ESPN.com, the Lakers may also be acquiring two traded player exceptions (TPE) that they can in turn use to acquire other players. Kevin Pelton — of Basketball Prospectus and ESPN.com — wisely connected the dots between the Lakers’ TPE and New York’s Ronny Turiaf, whose contract currently stands in the way of the Knicks’ arrangement with free agent Tyson Chandler.

The Rockets have paid a steep price in order to acquire Pau Gasol, but Houston GM Daryl Morey finally has the star player he has so long coveted. Additionally, the Rockets will have enough room under the cap to continue chasing after unrestricted free agent big man Nene, who could provide the Rox with a dynamic 1-2 punch on their back line. That said, Gasol is likely not the franchise centerpiece that many Rockets fans envisioned after years of Morey collecting tradeable assets.

New Orleans gave up one of the league’s true superstars, but in return have acquired a number of quality assets. Odom, Scola, and Martin are all very good players that can make the Hornets competitive in the short term, but can also be flipped with relative ease if the right deal comes along. The Hornets are trying to move on at this point, but by acquiring several very good assets at the expense of Chris Paul’s ticking clock, they buy time to pursue fair trades and do their proper diligence.

  1. edweird0 - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    I still say N.O shoulda got Bynum outta that trade. No matter what anyone says, the only true winners outta this deal are the Lakers

    • bowens3181 - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:01 PM

      There is no way the Lakers won this deal. They traded away the size that made them so hard to defend and that drew double teams away from Kobe to acquire a player the plays a position, PG, that is most effective when in possession of the ball. The problem with that is Kobe ALWAYS has the ball anyway. The Hornets definitely won this trade. They got 4 good pieces to either trade or build with and a draft pick for a player that was going to leave anyway…

  2. edmazeing1 - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    for non Lakers fan Atleast they got smaller, teams always had problems guarding 3 guys over 6”10!!!

  3. cjpunk15 - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Contract extension figures for CP3… Guesses…

  4. eureca323 - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Larry Coon is reporting the trade doesnt work unless Hornets send more out even if they renounce David west. So Okafor or Ariza might also coming to the Lakers.

  5. trbowman - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    I still hate the Lakers

  6. trbowman - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    GO WIZARDS!

  7. borderline1988 - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Good for New Orleans. They pullled the trigger and got a host of good players out of this deal.
    Ultimately, they won’t be championship contenders with this team (were they ever? And did anyone expect them to be?), but at least they get a competitive team to make the fans happy and some tradeable assets for the future.

    As for the Lakers, this is a good trade as well. If they can lock Paul up, that assures a superstar cornerstone on the Lakers for years to come, even as Kobe retires. And Paul + Bynum would make for some great plays. In the short run, the Lakers aren’t better, but in the long run, it’s very beneficial.

    Rockets? I dont know about this one. Gasol is a great player, but he’s not a leader. He’s like Bosh – a great second star who can score and make an offense extremely versatile. But they just traded away most of their team for one guy. And that guy cannot replace all those players.

  8. 00maltliquor - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Where you at, darealrandolph
    What do you have to say about this, bro?

  9. kyleortonsarm - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    *YAWN* Who cares.

  10. velascochad - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    it makes me sad to see pau gasol leave.

  11. leearmon - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Maybe we all are getting ahead of ourselves.

    Seems like the trade may have hit a wall, that wall being the other 29 owners who kind of all “own” the Hornets. Sort of like when a team in your fantasy league gets a lopsided deal, and everyone else says no way.

  12. stevenfbrackett - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    So no one was willing to take Bynum?

  13. rferrel - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Huge mistake for the Lakers. No way Jerry West would have let Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol go for one player. Its what the Lakers get for letting the best GM in the business go. I knew it was going to bite them in the ass when he left and sure enough letting Gasol and Odom go is going to bite them in the ass. Good luck for the future with Kupchak calling the shots.

  14. summoe2c - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Question?????….,”Will da Bulls try2trade Noah,Deng,Gibson n a couple of 1st rd picks 4 Howard? N can he help Rose on winning n chip 4Chi?

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