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Reports: Lakers pull out of trade for Chris Paul, will trade Lamar Odom to Dallas, Dwight Howard move next?

Dec 11, 2011, 12:08 AM EDT

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And the strange, strange saga rolls on.

After nearly a week of negotiations and one failed attempt by the Los Angeles Lakers to trade for Chris Paul in a three-way deal with the Houston Rockets which was blocked by the league, ESPN reports that the Lakers “have pulled out” of the Paul trade. The deal has “fallen apart” according to Yahoo! Sports. But what may be of even more interest is what comes next.

ESPN’s Marc Stein also reports that the Lakers will trade Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks for the trade exception they obtained in a sign and trade with New York for Tyson Chandler. Getting past the general insanity of the past two paragraphs is this: the Lakers are now in prime position to trade for Dwight Howard and take on Hedo Turkoglu‘s massive contract, a sticking point for any trade for Orlando.


So the big loser in the short term is Paul, though it’s entirely likely that the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, or Golden State Warriors will come through with a significant offer for Paul to move him from New Orleans in the coming days. Meanwhile, Lamar Odom is on his way to the reigning NBA champions who feature an All-Star, Hall-of-Fame, Finals MVP player at his natural position. The Mavericks are going to have an entirely bizarre lineup this year, but they’re also going to have a tremendous amount of depth, even if they have no center.

To review: Mark Cuban blocks a trade for the Lakers to get Chris Paul, then inserts his team into conversations and winds up with Lamar Odom, using the trade exception he gained from letting his center go, which will allow the Lakers to pursue the best center in the league.

Sure, why not? At this point you could tell me the Lakers are trading for Marvin the Martian with Fruity Pebbles and two Laker Girls and I’d believe you. The strangest year in the NBA rolls on.

  1. jackntorres - Dec 11, 2011 at 12:11 AM


  2. max20characters - Dec 11, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    NBA is a joke.

  3. goforthanddie - Dec 11, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Is Mr. Kardashian going to whine about this trade too?

  4. sbs0311 - Dec 11, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    I think this end result makes a TON of sense:

    Houston’s goal was to trade Martin, Scola, Dragic, and a pick for Gasol. They can still do that. Scola for the Odom trade exception then Martin and Dragic and the pick for Gasol works.

    Lakers can then work a three-way trade sending Bynum, Dragic, the pick, and assets from a third team to Orlando, Martin to that third team, and Howard to LA.

    LA gets an end result of Gasol, Bynum, and Odom for Howard and Scola.

  5. snoopy2014 - Dec 11, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    What the hell is going on???


    1) There was a report earlier that the Magic prefer Bynum to Lopez. If true, Otis Smith may have indicated to the Lakers that they have no use for Odom or filler contracts. So the only way for the Lakers to take on Turk’s contract would be a trade exception.

    2) The Lakers got some indication the league would reject their CP3 trade again (I doubt this, why not wait and put the pressure on the league to make another unpopular decision)? Why pursue Chris Paul so hard and suddenly decide to switch to Howard (if the Lakers didn’t get some indication from the Magic)? Jim Buss is gambling big time

    If the Lakers don’t get Howard, trading Odom away for a TE is a spectacular fail. You need to get at least something in return. Beaubois or picks or something. Especially helping the team that swept you last year offset the loss of their championship center … not a good move unless LA can pull off the big one.

    • goforthanddie - Dec 11, 2011 at 12:46 AM

      3-The Player’s Association and Paul have made threats of legal action. Maybe push for Dwight now, thinking you have a solid case in court?
      4-Howard>Paul. Seriously, Paul is great, but which of the two would you rather have?

    • chuckj1234 - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:39 AM

      I agree with point number one. But number two not so much. I think the CP was a bad trade for the lakers anyway. They clearly unloaded Odoms salary for Howard. He will will be a Laker before sunset Monday.

    • 1776blues - Dec 11, 2011 at 2:30 AM

      The ESPN article says the Lakers will receive unspecified draft picks as well as the trade exception.

      “The deal would net the Lakers an $8.9 million trade exception from Dallas, and “unspecified draft considerations,” essentially allowing them to trade for a player making $8.9 million without sending a player with comparable salary in return.”

      • 1776blues - Dec 11, 2011 at 2:32 AM

        Oops, unspecified draft considerations. So what exactly does this mean?

  6. cjpunk15 - Dec 11, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    NO! Mark my words Dwight’s ego all about me, temper tantrums on the court will not fly with Kobe and that’s going to be a problem… Paul unselfish PG would have filled the biggest need on the Lakers roster for the past 3 years…

    • snoopy2014 - Dec 11, 2011 at 12:45 AM

      Yeah but at the cost of the frontline that brought us 2 championships…

      Still, it would have been glorious to watch Paul’s passing wizardly in LA.

    • goforthanddie - Dec 11, 2011 at 12:54 AM

      Dwight’s going to be around long after Kobe’s done. Kobe knows his time is short, and is smart enough to make it work.

  7. val13978 - Dec 11, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    Cuban helped the lakers in order to help himself. When Howard goes to L.A. he will then be able to acquire Deron Williams next year

  8. pfruge - Dec 11, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    What a fiasco. Stern apparently does not want the Hornets in New Orleans. He is doing his best to destroy the franchise.

  9. val13978 - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    Cuban the ever savvy businessman

  10. chargerdillon - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:11 AM

    I think Snoopy2014 missed one other possibility in this whole episode. Rather than possibility 1 or possibility 2, lets go back to the original rumors going on all along which indicated the Lakers were going to make a run for both CP3 and Dwight.

    For all logic behind the Lakers, I have every belief they were going after both guys, the way they got handled last year they looked old and nobody knows how to rebuild like the Lakers…..who else has dellusions of grandeur like the Lakers to bring in not one but TWO top tier talents. And oddly enough, more often than not they can pull it off.

    So back to what happened……28 NBA owners are saying…the most dominant franchise in the game threw their cards on the table and have the suitable assets to make a run at would be another dynasty and in laying down their first card (to get CP3) 28 owners said I DONT THINK SO and went after Stern. I say 28 owners because virtually the same move the Lakers are trying to make is what the Miami Heat did last year, different trading yes, but ultimately the same result.

    So the Lakers got roadblocked on their first move, and in doing so the league looks like absolute clownshoes and the Lakers did the smartest thing they could. Since everybody knew the Lakers had the most to offer for Paul, the best thing they can do is leave Stern and the other owners of the worthless Hornets franchise with even less than they could have gotten and a guarantee they will have to take lesser talent than they couldved gotten on monday before they wind up with nothing.

    As a Lakers fan I did not like the CP3 deal without getting Dwight. If i have to pick between one or the other it’s Dwight all day. PG is a bigger need in LA, but you cannot pass up getting the most dominant center in all of basketball when you have the chance.

    As a Laker fan my dream trio is for the Lakers to keep Kobe and Pau, and bring in Dwight. That’s what I want for Christmas!

  11. leearmon - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:20 AM

    Ok so David Stern vetos a trade because small market owners (Dan Gilbert, who technically is a medium market owner) cries. And that allows the Lakers to potentially get a BETTER player, answering their front court holes, and a player without a history of injuries. All the while forcing the team in which they own (Hornets) to settle for a worse deal than they had before, because who will trade great pieces for a player who may/or may not re-sign. Wow David Stern is a genius (Heavy, HEAVY sarcasm)

    • sgm405 - Dec 11, 2011 at 8:33 AM

      David Stern didn’t veto the deal because Dan Gilbert “cried”. It was the many other owners who complained earlier in the day that caused Stern to issue the veto.

      Per Adrian Wojnarowski

      “As for Dan Gilbert email obtained by Y! Sports, timestamp shows he didn’t send to Stern until after 10 PM ET. Trade already had been killed.”

      Dan Gilbert’s e-mail had nothing to do with the veto, because the veto had already happened.

      Sorry, this keeps getting thrown out there even though it is 100% false.

      • leearmon - Dec 11, 2011 at 8:48 AM

        Please tell me you are not naive enough to believe that although his email may have been sent after the trade was vetoed, that somehow Dan GIlbert didn’t express his displeasure with said trade while at the Board of Governors meeting. You know its not out of the realm of possibilities that GIlbert could have shown his feelings towards the deal to Stern face to face, then email his P.O.V. thereafter. Obviously he had a problem with the deal, if he did not there would be no email. Notice, in my above post, I mentioned nothing about the email, you just, incorrectly I might add, assumed that was ALL that I meant when I used the term “cried”. If you don’t think the displeasure other owners (Gilbert included) felt towards the trade had anything to do with Stern’s vetoing of the deal, I have a bridge in New York I’d like to sell you.

  12. beavertonsteve - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:36 AM

    Chris Paul should just play out the season for the Hornets and hit the open market. Then he can go wherever he wants and the small market owners that tried to stick it to the Lakers can get what they deserve in return… nothing..

    • florida727 - Dec 11, 2011 at 8:54 AM

      Couldn’t agree more. It also sticks it right up David Stern’s @$$. So CP3 bites the bullet for another year, then joins Kobe and Howard in LA. Instant title contenders for years to come, including after Kobe has to call it quits.

  13. vstyle23 - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:38 AM

    @cjpunk15. D12 is a pretty cool guy and doesn’t have the big head. I think the problems gonna be on the offensive end. He thinks he’s a number one and is probably a number 3 option. They will start to play him as a number 2 or 1 option and you will began to see his weakness. Defensively solid as you know but easy to foul out. All that being said, the magic should get as much as they can for howard because he’s overrated!!

  14. velascochad - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:53 AM

    glad pau gasol will stay as laker. i think bynum (uninjured version) and pau can do their job in the paint. so i guess even if dwight decides to be a jersey boy it wouldnt affect the lakers that much. remember, bynum dominated dwight in their last game having double doubles with almost 20 rebounds. as a laker fan, im happy. haha

    • cancionisimas - Dec 11, 2011 at 4:15 AM

      As a Laker hater im sad. It was so close… if can pick Howard only for bynum, damn, they will be champions again. There’s no chance for ANYBODY to compete againts Gasol-Howard, by far the best two big men in the league.

      I hate what Stern did here.

  15. ogre2010 - Dec 11, 2011 at 4:30 AM


  16. thekingdave - Dec 11, 2011 at 5:28 AM

    The losers in the short and long term are the Rockets, big time. Having quashed the deal Thursday and the cap space they would have acquired, Chuck Hayes signed with the Kings. After the last ditch effort Saturday there was still a chance they could sign Nene, now that’s out of the question. But worst of all, since Stern allowed this to be leaked before vetoing it, Martin and Scola will play out the season for a team that has let it be known they wanted to move on. Even if they can still deal Martin and Scola, no way they compensation comes anywhere close now. Why Stern? Exactly what is the point of having allowing your GM to work out deals, and worst of all, “veto” them after they’ve hit mainstream media?

  17. ispysomething7 - Dec 11, 2011 at 8:32 AM

    Wait a minute, I thought Dan Gilbert blocked the original Paul trade? I mean that’s what every writer and poster on here has said. Now Cuban blocked the trade. Maybe the NBA is rubbing off on all these writers and posters.

  18. omniusprime - Dec 11, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    I’m glad that reports from yesterday that the Lakers resubmitted the Paul trade were premature. Trading two good bigs for Paul was a stupid trade that Kupcake should never have entertained. Trading for Howard but having to take on Hedo’s large contract is also a stupid move, Howard has proven he’s a cream puff player in the playoffs – he’s just like Odom in that he only shows up occasionally. Trading Odom for Chandler is an interesting one in that the Lakers get rid of a player with dubious attitude for one who’ll enjoy being on a great team with a good chance of winning another title. Still the issue is getting rid of Fisher who has outlasted his usefulness for his price. The Lakers need a good young point guard who can keep up with all the young fast point guards in the league, that should be Kupcake’s first priority. If Kupcake fails to trade away Fisher for a good young point guard then any other moves he makes are wasted effort! Just like him signing on Mike Brown as coach, Brown has proven he’s a perennial playoff loser.

    • LPad - Dec 11, 2011 at 11:32 AM

      Chandler’s in NY. The Lakers are acquiring the 11 or 12 million dollar trade exception Dallas got in the sign and trade in NY.

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