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Lakers, Rockets, Hornets talking three-way Chris Paul trade

Dec 8, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

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After things seemed to cool of on Wednesday, the Chris Paul trade rumors have heated up fast and furious on Thursday.

That includes a three-way deal where Paul ends up with the Los Angeles Lakers, who give up Pau Gasol. Then there is both Boston and New York working hard to find multi-team deals that would let them land CP3.

The three-team rumor comes via Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated although it now has been confirmed by multiple sources. The details are not yet clear, but Chris Paul would land with the Lakers, Pau Gasol would end up with the Rockets (who are looking for a big man) and the Hornets would get Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and some picks. There are a lot of details we don’t know and details have to be worked out.

Three-team trades are hard to make come together, but there are talks taking place.

The Lakers had wanted to trade Gasol for Chris Paul and not Andrew Bynum, hoping to keep the young big man in house for a potential trade with the Orlando Magic for Dwight Howard (or just to play Bynum). Landing Paul would force a radical change in offensive philosophy for new Lakers coach Mike Brown — he said he wanted to go with a “twin towers” idea with Gasol and Bynum not unlike what the Spurs did with David Robinson and Tim Duncan — but he would do it for the best point guard in the league.

Meanwhile Celtics GM Danny Ainge continues to work hard to find a way to land Paul in Boston — even though Paul has said he would not re-sign there. Ainge and the Celtics brass think they can change his tune if they just land him. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo has the details.

The Celtics have relentlessly pursued Paul and have presented the Hornets with as many as eight different scenarios that would bring them some combination of Rajon RondoJeff Green, two future No. 1 picks and additional talent from third teams, sources said.

Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers believe they can sell Paul on re-signing with Boston for the long-term and desperately want him as the franchise star of their post-Big 3 era.

The Knicks also are reportedly going hard after a Chris Paul trade, with several scenarios out there. Those may include trying to trade Amare Stoudemire for Paul, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Why the Hornets would do that is beyond me. The Hornets want to rebuild with young players and picks, Stoudemire is older, expensive and with a history of injury problems. The Hornets could try to move him in a secondary deal, but that seems like a lot of work when better offers are on the table.

  1. leearmon - Dec 8, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Yeah because Gasol is young and inexpensive…

    • swill881 - Dec 8, 2011 at 2:47 PM

      Hornets wouldn’t be getting Pau.

    • thatboi901 - Dec 8, 2011 at 2:48 PM

      What does young and inexpensive have to do with anything? He would go to the Rockets who want an experienced big. Rockets feel they are able to compete now and don’t want any more young players.

    • troy10 - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:52 PM

      This guy never reads the articles.. but yet attacks everyone else in other articles.

      Read again and you’ll see where Gasol actually is supposed to go.

  2. bozosforall - Dec 8, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Hey Ainge, you moron…CP3 does NOT want to go to your ancient team. Now go make nice-nice to Rondo like a good little boy.

  3. kpow55 - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Removing the highly unlikely scenario of Orlando trade bate, i’d ship Bynum off well before Gasol.

    An established team player vs a big question mark. Everything about Bynum is a “could be” or “might be” and Gasol just “is”

    • fordman84 - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:55 PM

      just “is”. What is the rest of the phrase? “overpriced”, “over the hill”. He sure didn’t look “is” in the playoffs last year.


      • kpow55 - Dec 8, 2011 at 5:19 PM

        “is” a more complete & healthy player than Bynum

      • Josh Perez - Dec 9, 2011 at 8:55 AM

        “Is” smarter, “is” mature, “is” competitive,”is” a leader, “is” fearless. Pau is a great additional anywhere he goes.

  4. 00maltliquor - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    That would be awesome! And we’d still have Bynum avalible to trade for Dwight! Holy sh!t, if this goes down we could definatly see a Bryant, Paul, Howard starting lineup in L.A. that would kill any other big 3 out there, including Miami’s! Damn it’s good being a Lakers fan!!

    • loungefly74 - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:21 PM

      the hairs on the back of my neck shot up after reading your post. go Lakers!

    • snoopy2014 - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:40 PM

      Theoretically though … suppose the Magic snag Ellis or Iggy and Dwight decides to stay (which could happen based off the Hoopsworld report). In that case would you rather have Gasol to pair with Paul/Kobe or Bynum?

      In a vacuum you answer Bynum, because he’s bigger, better defensively, and is still improving. But the worst-case scenario with Drew is much worse than with Pau. If Drew goes down with an injury, we’re a very, very bottom-heavy team. Two ball-dominators in Kobe and Paul, and we’d have nobody but Lamar Odom and a scrub up front.

      Pau may have drawn a lot of criticism, but he plays so well with Kobe and he covers so well for Bynum’s injury history. I’d be nervous trading him away if we weren’t sure of getting Howard.

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:11 PM

        Good question. Keeping Gasol for the short term to pair up with Bryant and Paul looks good for the now, but building forward when Kobe decides to hang ’em up Gasol would be hanging ’em up with him, leaving Paul alone with no other strong running mate. Kinda like he is now in NOLA. Keeping Bynum would make Paul sign that extension knowing he won’t be alone in the future

        Plus Bynum is set to beast the f out. He just needs minutes. I like Bynum better then Gasol when I’m not holding my breath praying he lands fine after hitting the hardwood.

        Then again Bynum is kinda a liability, injury-wise.

        But he’s young, and not soft like Pau.

        I guess i’d be happy either way.

    • barroomhero80 - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:59 PM


  5. willardj - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    This deal may not be so great for the Lakers if they get rid of Pau. Imagine a Bynum Odom front court trying to win a championship. Bynum hasn’t even played 50% of the games since 2007 and now you rely on him as the anchor to your defense. The second he gets injured it’s over for this team.

    • snoopy2014 - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:45 PM

      Should have read your comment first lol. But yeah, I’m thinking along the same lines.

  6. drobstad - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    How are the Lakers going to end up acquiring CP3 for Pau Gasol? What does not make sense here is what the Rockets are getting in return. So you’re telling me the Rockets are going to trade the knicks 2012 first round pick, Scola, Patterson & Kevin Martin for PAU GASOL?!?!? There is NO chance of that happening lol… Not unless the Lakers give up more… such as odom and take on Okafor’s contract

    • dcipher80 - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:42 PM

      The Lakers don’t have many pieces that would appeal to the Rockets (outside of Pau/Bynum). I just can’t see Houston doing this deal. Unless its just Scola and Martin and a pick or 2 but otherwise I’d opt out. It seems that New Orleans wants all of Houston’s assets but doesn’t want to do a trade directly with Houston? I guess a trade can’t go down unless it helps a big market team.

    • cantonbound13 - Dec 8, 2011 at 5:28 PM

      Bad move by Houston. Do they plan on building around a soft 31 year old in Gasol?
      Why would you let the Lakers, who last I checked are in the same conference as you, steal Chris Paul, knowing full well they are also the frontrunners to get Dwight Howard.
      Rockets GM should be fired on the spot after this move.

  7. nicosanchez02 - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    @ Bozosforall LMAO!!

    Well played sir that $h#&t was funny!!!

  8. andyreidisfat - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    So the nba has a lock out because players are getting to much money and have to much power as to where they play, leaving the smaller markets and anywhere that isn’t south beach non competitive.

    Nice work nba. I give this league 5 years before it collapses or folds into a 7 team league. Why would anyone want to be a bucs fan or Memphis or a fan of anyother small market team? Even if that team got lucky and won the dumbest idea ever the draft lottery then who ever they pick will just leave via free agency or force a trade.

    You see nba its nice that the lakers and heat get nice national ratings but what are you going to do when 24 other teams can’t even get a local tv deal because no one cares or sell tickets ( both are the main revenue for teams) ? Once the die hards of the other 24 teams realize their team has zero chance to ever be great they will stop watching. It’s going to happen.

    I think it’s funny that a sport like basketball who’s LOCAL ratings ( the ones that count to teams bottom lines) are fading in all but 7 markets stops their game to fix the problems takes a look arround and says” gee the nfl has been wildly successful since they made league wide parity due to player movement rules , let’s go ahead an just do the exact opposite. Let’s have all the top stars on 5 teams and gloat about how popular we are because the finals get good ratings. “. What they won’t say however is that there is teams in this league who when there current local tv deals are up will only be broadcast on the radio, that’s if they are lucky find a station that’s willing to pay pennies on the dollar to broadcast something no one cares about. The nba sucks. It’s full of selfish glory hounds. There’s no Jordan or bird out there anymore. None of these players could hang in the 80s or 90s . Seriously could anyone ever see bird magic and Jordan deciding to play together and making a big spectical of it? No, they wouldn’t have because those guys were real sportsmen. They were real competitors. Now in the nba instead of working ur butt off to get better and win its just a “if you can’t beat them join them” league.

    I am disgusted and like a lot of fans I am done. Oh and before people say I am just a hater cuz my team sucks, my team used to be the heat

    • snoopy2014 - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:53 PM

      Look at a list of the NBA champions over the last 27 years:

      -Mavericks (1 year only)
      -Heat (1 year only)

      Even if you forget small-market vs. big-market, the same teams have basically been winning for decades. It hasn’t hurt NBA ratings one bit. NBA ratings were at their highest when their superstars were the flashiest (Magic vs. Bird, then Jordan).

      So I get that you’re frustrated, but history doesn’t support your idea that the fans are going to leave and NBA teams will collapse left and right. This has been going on for decades, it’s nothing new.

      • snoopy2014 - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:55 PM

        Forgot Houston.

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:18 PM

        Don’t forget the Rockets (2x)

  9. bparmalee - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    I am not familiar with that plucky small market team you call “the bucs”……

    • fordman84 - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:57 PM

      bucks, perhaps?

      • bparmalee - Dec 8, 2011 at 5:01 PM

        It could be…… I love me some Bucks. I thought maybe there was new hot.. young team out… making a go of it in Tampa named the bucs….. I was intrigued.

  10. chicitybulls - Dec 8, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    “but he would do it for the best point guard in the league”

    Sorry Kurt. But Derrick Rose is NOT available.

  11. cantonbound13 - Dec 8, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Why would Houston make this trade? The whole world knows the Lakers are going to trade Bynum for Howard later on. So Houston would allow the Lakers to have Paul, Kobe & Howard. The Rockets just assured themselves of never sniffing the Finals for the next 10 years. Even when Kobe retires they would have to deal with Paul & Howard on the same team.
    Terrible move by Houston!

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