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Report: Three-team deal bringing Chris Paul to the Lakers has been completed in principle

Dec 8, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

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UPDATE (7:33 p.m. ET): According to yet another tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the three-team deal has been completed in principle. The Hornets will also receive an undisclosed draft pick in the deal.

UPDATE (6:31 p.m. ET): Wojnarowski is now reporting that this will be a three-team trade involving the Lakers, Hornets, and Rockets. Chris Paul goes to L.A., Pau Gasol goes to Houston, and New Orleans gets Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, and Luis Scola. The deal is not yet finalized, but a front office executive told Wojnarowski “we are close.”

UPDATE (6:11 p.m. ET): The corrected report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports says that Chris Paul is headed to the Lakers for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. All that means is that Andrew Bynum is still available to be dealt to Orlando as part of a potential deal to get Dwight Howard, so, you know, no big deal.

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Chris Paul may be on his way to the Lakers in what will be a blockbuster deal sending Andrew Bynum to the big easy.

Here is the deal reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

The Hornets are near a deal to send Chris Paul to the Lakers for Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom, league source tells Y! Sports.

That deal makes more sense for the Hornets if they send Emeka Okafor west to the Lakers as well, removing a big salary (and giving the Lakers a big to replace the two they are sending out). There may be smaller parts such as Trevor Ariza and others involved.

  1. trbowman - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    I hate the Lakers.

    • nyyankeedave - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:38 PM

      God hates the Lakers, too – but he’s not runnin’ the NBA.

  2. lmoneyfresh - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    If the lakers get both CP3 and Howard, I think I’m just done with the NBA for a while. Enough of this “rich get richer” garbage. So much for any sort of competitive balance. Lets just fold up every franchise not in LA, NY or Miami.

    • tastybasslines - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:32 PM

      Dude, this is a TRADE, not free agency or collusion. They are giving back to each other what they view as equal value.

      • sprest83 - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:55 AM

        The issue is that the Hornets are owned by the NBA.

    • worldbfree4me - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:37 PM

      Cest Lavie, Stars always go to big cities and so do the College recruits. Who wants to push a Lambo or Ferrari in a foot of Snow…

      • troy10 - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:28 PM

        yeah… it’s not like New York gets any snow!

      • sprest83 - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:57 AM

        Where in NY are you going to enjoy a Lambo? Why is snow even being talked about…both cities are warm.

  3. trbowman - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    America – like it or not, you can get ready for a Heat/Lakers NBA Finals.

  4. adeedothatswho - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    That kwame brown deal just keeps giving and giving….marc gasol acknowledged.

  5. jolink653 - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    How does this deal make any sense for the hornets? They’re taking two aging players for their stud point guard when they were supposed to be getting pieces to start rebuilding on…how can you do that with gasol and odom? Without even making them give up Bynum? What an awful awful trade for the hornets if this happens…the rest if the league has every right to accuse the NBA of favoring the major market teams…this is essentially highway robbery

    • willardj - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:37 PM

      Bynum sucks. Odom and Gasol has basically been the Lakers front court the last two years with Bynum missing significant time.

      The Hornets can now compete right away with a very good front court. The Lakers did this deal assuming that they would also get Howard, otherwise it would actually leave them worse.

      • willardj - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:43 PM

        Wait, never mind. At least that lineup could score some points with martin.

      • bozosforall - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:00 PM

        Bynum played in an average of 60 games in each of the last two seasons, playing intimidating defense, as well as getting an average of 9 boards a game, around 2 blocks a game and scoring (the least needed part of his game) 13 ppg (shooting over 57%).

        And the Hornets aren’t taking on two aging players from the Lakers…Gasol goes to the Rockets, while Odom goes to the Hornets (along with Rocket players Kevin Martin and Luis Scola, two solid if not spectacular players). The Hornets are getting exactly what they want…and much more than they would get if Paul left next season.

    • beavertonsteve - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:42 PM

      Because Chris Paul has all the leverage. All he has to do is refuse to sign an extension and the offers shrivel.

    • birdgang - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:51 PM

      New Orleans gets Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, and Luis Scola.

      Kevin Martin is only 28 years old and his career average is 18.5ppg.
      Luis Scola is 31 but has averaged a double/double throughout his career.
      Lamar Odom is Lamar Odom.

      From NO’s stand point they get a lot, considering CP3 was gonna walk after this season and they would be stuck with absolutely nothing…

      • birdgang - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:53 PM

        Not to mention NO will probably trade Odom to a contender sometime this season. Which would bring them expiring contracts or draft picks…So this could work out to be even better for NO.

      • cowhawkfan - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:01 PM

        I agree with birdgang…this trade makes no sense for the Hornets. They are not getting enough. The pieces they are getting back stink. Unless the Hornets have a preplanned trade of those pieces to a 4th team for draft choices, this trade is non-sense for them.

        This trade also makes no sense for the Lakers…unless they get Howard. And I’m sorry, if the Lakers get both premier players, Paul and Howard, after they were basically given Gasol a few years ago, then the NBA stinks and there is most definitely collusion in favor of the Lakers.

      • bozosforall - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:01 PM

        Good deal for all three teams involved.

    • gpatrick15 - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:00 PM

      The guy was gonna walk anyway. Also, this deal nets them players who can at least allow them to compete NOW and still try to rebuild for the future. A team with odom, Kevin Martin, scola, and the players currently on the roster can at least compete for a playoff spot.

    • worldbfree4me - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:32 PM

      The NBA run the Hornets, so for the league It’s a good deal all things considered..

    • cowhawkfan - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:03 PM

      I agree with jolink653…this trade makes no sense for the Hornets. They are not getting enough. The pieces they are getting back stink. Unless the Hornets have a preplanned trade of those pieces to a 4th team for draft choices, this trade is non-sense for them.

      This trade also makes no sense for the Lakers…unless they get Howard. And I’m sorry, if the Lakers get both premier players, Paul and Howard, after they were basically given Gasol a few years ago, then the NBA stinks and there is most definitely collusion in favor of the Lakers.

  6. willardj - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    This has to be incorrect. The salaries don’t match up. They must have also traded for Emeka Okafor.

    If the Lakers do end up getting Howard, an Okafor-Howard post defense would easily be the best in the league.

  7. charlsyc - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    As a Laker fan i really dont like this trade. I wanted Pau to stay so he can try to redeem himself. We didnt make it 3 straight years to Finals if not because of him.

    • blueintown - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:43 PM

      Then you are, in fact, out of your damn mind.

  8. stadix093 - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    One down, one to go. Bring me Howard Mitch! Lakers baby.

  9. 00maltliquor - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    I didn’t know Christmas was on December 8th!!! YEEEEEEEEEEAH BUUUDDY!!!
    Cheers Laker fans! Imma crack open a bottle for us!
    Next up…Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard!!!
    THE NBA…WHERE LAKERS HAPPEN

    “aaand the fridge is closed, lights are out, eggs are cooling, butters getting hard and the JELLOS JIGGLIN’! “

  10. 00maltliquor - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Oh I know the haters are red with rage and green with envy right now! (hey, those are Christmas colors, btw!) Hate all you want, hate with all your might.
    So who you haters hate more now, LeBron and the Heat, or the soon to be champs LA Lakers!!??

    Good question.. who do you haters choose to win in an inevitable LAKER/HEAT NBA finals?
    According to you it’s a matchup between bad and evil!

    • trbowman - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:49 PM

      “According to you it’s a matchup between bad and evil!”

      I’d say a matchup between evil and……evil, personally.

      • bozosforall - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:03 PM

        Translation: WAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!

  11. jmclarkent - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    The league must never want to let the Hornets go… This is the Barkley trade of the new decade.

  12. leearmon - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Absolutely great trade for the Lakers AND the Hornets. NOH got the best deal imaginable, Odom, Martin and Scola are some nice building blocks. They probably should have kept Collison last year, but hindsight is 50/50. As for the Rockets, I have no clue what Morey is doing. I like Gasol as much as the next man, but he’s in no way worth Scola and Martin. Rough offseason for the guys in H-town. Pretty sure the Lakers win the title this year, but we all said the same thing about Miami last season so lets just play the games before crowning anyone.

    • dcipher80 - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:53 PM

      As a Rocket fan I love this trade. Scola and Martin play no defense to speak of, we dump salary, we get one of the most skilled bigs in the game, and we didn’t lose any of our really intriguing pieces (Patterson, Williams, Flynn, etc). I think NO got fleeced in the deal if they are rebuilding, they took on salary and didn’t come out with young franchise building blocks. Lowry, Lee, Budinger (or Morris), Gasol, and Nene (or Jordan) (one of those will be in Rocket red next year) is a legit lineup. Even if you put Gasol at the 5, and start Patterson, that’s still a 4-5 seed lineup.

      • leearmon - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:09 PM

        What??? Since when did Pau Gasol play better defense than Luis Scola???

        http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/pcm_finder.cgi?request=1&sum=0&p1=gasolpa01&y1=2011&p2=scolalu01&y2=2011

        And Im sorry but Flynn is intriguing to you? He’s already been to the d-league. There is absolutely no intrigue there. Just a bust. Add Lowry, Lee and Budginger, all nice young players, but nothing special and I have trouble seeing you guys as a 8 seed, much less a 4-5 seed lineup. Which team are the Rockets going to be better than?

        Lakers, Mavs, Spurs, Thunder, Grizzlies, Nuggets.

        And Nene doesn’t play defense so if you think he’s going to be the anchor of your team, good luck with that.

      • fmlizard - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:11 PM

        Did you just call Jonny Flynn an “intriguing piece”?

  13. nyyankeedave - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Hmmm…an aging Kobe Bryant, an oft-injured Chris Paul, a brittle Andrew Bynum, no more Gasol or Odom, a sieve bench, a new coach and system, a shortened season, Dallas and Oklahoma City, and the chances of landing Dwight Howard now slightly to considerably diminished – The basketball gods are listening.

    • bozosforall - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:05 PM

      Now you just sound like a whiny Red Sox fan.

  14. tomtravis76 - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Lamar is going to force his way out of NO.

    How upset are the Kardashians, no more free Laker tickets. Maybe another divorce is on the horizon?

    Lamar can be a contributor to a contender, no need to waste his talents in NO.

    • nyyankeedave - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:34 PM

      I forgot about that Kardashian thing – and by thing I mean “thing”. Like that “thing” in the corner of Jabba’s palace from Return of the Jedi.

  15. bparmalee - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    I actually love this trade for the Hornets but hate it for the Lakers. Chris Paul still isnt going to sign an extension (I know he wants to get more after he opts out but with who). The Lakers run the risk of the Magic not playing along and just going ahead and taking another trade offer instead of Bynum. It will be interesting to see how Kobe gets along with another star player (or two) without Phill there to back him down. If Chris Paul walks in the offseaon this trade will look a lot diffrent.. so we will see. I know I know Lakers fan…. no player under the sun could resist signing there but Chirs Paul might just be that kinda dude.

    • beavertonsteve - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:49 PM

      Who would offer the Magic anything if Howard doesn’t want to sign an extension?

      • goforthanddie - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:09 PM

        Somebody willing to take the risk and maybe win a title this season.

  16. 7pints - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    Great lock out. The players still are calling the shots. If the Lakers end up with Paul and Howard it will be the end of the NBA. After the Heat and Carmelo debacles, you allow another player to call his shot to a major market? Bye bye NBA. I sure won’t watch a season when there are only 2 or 3 teams that can compete.

  17. kinggw - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Lakers fans are rejoicing, meanwhile Thunder fans are laughing. If you look beyond the big names, the Lakers didnt score as much as you’d think. Lakers fans out there who is your 4 now?

    • beavertonsteve - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:50 PM

      The fact that their lineup doesn’t make sense right now makes it even more likely that there is more in the works.

  18. cdboss - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    Lakers suck. Miami sucks, NY sucks. Oh Hell, the NBA sucks.

  19. fittytuckin - Dec 8, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    Fuhror Stern so much for parity huh?

  20. fmlizard - Dec 8, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    I think New Orleans actually does OK in this deal, and now has a pretty good all around team. Given that they were destined to get nothing in a few months, this is a good haul.

    Of course, the Lakers reload. A nice full day of the big markets pounding away at the mid markets, across two sports.

    Houston? What’s up with that? Who will Gasol play with? It’s back to Memphis days for Pau.

  21. omniusprime - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Actually now that I finally see the details of the trade it wouldn’t be in the Lakers best interests to trade away Gasol and Odom to get Paul. The Lakers best strength is their three bigs. Phil Jackson never realized that he needed to pound the ball into the middle more, he got too hung up in the triangle and when teams defended the triangle well Phil never got smart with the three towers offense which would have opened the court for Kobe. The Lakers should keep their bigs and trade Fisher away for a younger faster point guard. Jerry Buss only needs to tweak the Lakers, not do a wholesale overhaul which will require a year or two to get the new team to mesh together.

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