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Los Angeles Lakers Trim Roster To 15, Waive Gerald Green, Four Others

The Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday trimmed their roster down to 15, the maximum per NBA rules, heading into the regular season opener on Christmas Day against the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center. The Lakers waived five players on Thursday. Gerald Green, Zach Andrews, Chris Daniels, Elijah Milsap, and Malcolm Thomas were let go by the Lakers.

Perhaps the most intriguing of the players cut by the Lakers was Green, who was a first-round pick of the Boston Celtics in 2005, then included in the package that sent Kevin Garnett from the Minnesota Timberwolves to Boston. Green has averaged 7.5 points and 16.0 minutes per game in his 181 NBA games.

The Lakers' roster now stands at 15 players:

Guards: Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Steve Blake, Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock

Forwards: Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace, Matt Barnes, Josh McRoberts, Devin Ebanks, Derrick Caracter, Luke Walton, Jason Kapono, Troy Murphy

Center: Andrew Bynum

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Los Angeles Lakers Officially Sign Forward Troy Murphy

The Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday officially signed forward Troy Murphy, who is expected to provide frontcourt depth off the bench. The 10-year veteran averaged 3.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 35 games for both the Boston Celtics and New Jersey Nets last season.

Murphy signed for the veteran's minimum salary of $1,352,181. He has averaged 11.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in his career. In addition, like Josh McRoberts, Murphy gives the Lakers a big man who can shoot outside. Murphy has made 38.9% of his three-point attempts in his career.

Here's a look at the Lakers payroll and roster heading into the season, one week before their season opener on Christmas Day against the Chicago Bulls:

2011-2012 Lakers Salaries
Pos Player Salary
SG Kobe Bryant $25,244,393
PF Pau Gasol $18,714,150
C Andrew Bynum $14,900,000
SF Metta World Peace
$6,790,640
SF Luke Walton $5,680,000
PG Steve Blake $4,000,000
PG Derek Fisher $3,400,000
PF Josh McRoberts $3,000,000
SF Matt Barnes $1,906,200
PF Troy Murphy $1,352,181
SG Jason Kapono $1,223,166
PF Derrick Caracter $788,872
SG Devin Ebanks $788,872
Totals $87,788,474
with help from Sham Sports and NBA Salary Cap FAQ

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NBA Free Agency 2011: Los Angeles Lakers To Sign Troy Murphy, Per Reports

The Los Angeles Lakers have added a new player to their roster, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Their sources have indicated that forward Troy Murphy has signed to the team on a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum salary of $1,352,181.

As McMenamin points out, the Lakers had used up their mid-level exceptions with their earlier signing of Josh McRoberts, so the veteran's minimum was really all they had left to offer Murphy.

Murphy is a 10-year NBA veteran who was a bench player for the New Jersey Nets and Boston Celtics in 2010-2011. In 17 games with Boston, he averaged 2.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. The Lakers are hoping that Murphy and McRoberts will add versatility and depth to their roster following the deal that sent Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Could Lakers Still Deal Andrew Bynum Or Pau Gasol For Superman?

With the Chris Paul sweepstakes over, the Los Angeles Lakers are left in a deep hole trying to make up ground to what their co-tenants the Clippers have accomplished by landing CP3. The Clippers might very well have the more compelling basketball team on paper, leaving even the once glamorous Lakers in the dust if they fall behind.

So the Lakers must respond in kind, right? Why not try going after Dwight Howard?

Even though LA doesn't have that many assets left with Lamar Odom gone, that doesn't mean Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol wouldn't be unappetizing to deal for what could be the cornerstone of a title contender. Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times finds out that Gasol thinks similar things.

The Lakers were involved in trade talks with Orlando via Howard's agent for two weeks, but the price for Howard inevitably increased with Paul off the market.

The trade deadline isn't until March 15, and plenty can happen between now and then, though the Lakers will not trade Gasol and center Andrew Bynum to get Howard, according to a person familiar with the team's thinking.

Gasol wasn't so sure the Magic would stop taking offers for Howard.

"You don't know if they're just saying that," Gasol said. "They're probably saying that to get a better offer and then pull the trigger."

The Lakers wanted to make a big move this offseason, but all they have right now are Josh McRoberts, Jason Kapono, and a trade exception. Things have to improve on this front for the Lakers to really be seen as building for the future, or otherwise Kobe Bryant might be more than just displeased at the way things are going.

While a Gasol-Bynum trade is unlikely, don't totally rule it out from happening.

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NBA Free Agents: Los Angeles Lakers Target Troy Murphy To Ease Loss Of Lamar Odom

The Los Angeles Lakers have plenty of issues, particularly with the versatile Lamar Odom no longer on their team. Their core is aging, and they have very little flexibility to sign marquee free agents because of the money locked into their top talents. So Los Angeles will have to settle for players willing to take the veteran's minimum.

Troy Murphy is one of their top targets. Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times reports

Unrestricted free-agent power forward Troy Murphy worked at the Lakers' practice facility Wednesday evening.

Murphy has averaged double figures in seven seasons and five double-double efforts in points and rebounds in his 10-year career. He's coming off a poor 2010-2011 campaign during which he lost his starting role in New Jersey and struggled to fit in as a midseason pickup with Boston. Ever since the Lakers traded Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks, General Manager Mitch Kupchak acknowledged the necessity to add pieces to the Lakers' frontcourt.

Murphy has spent most of his career with the Golden State Warriors (where he started off) and the Indiana Pacers (where he was most productive), but he had an unproductive season with the Boston Celtics when he was buried on the bench. Murphy will hopefully provide that forward-center combination off the bench that Odom thrived in for the past several years. He would likely be able to compete immediately for playing time.

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Los Angeles Lakers Sign Josh McRoberts

The Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday made official their signing of Josh McRoberts, the 6'10" forward entering his fifth NBA season out of Duke. McRoberts, who was picked in the second round of the 2007 draft by the Indiana Pacers, averaged a career high 7.4 points and 5.3 rebounds for Indiana last season.

Roberts signed a two-year deal worth about $6.2 million, the mini mid-level exception, per Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.

McRoberts, who started 51 of his 72 games in the 2010-2011 season, averaged 22.2 minutes per game last season. He figures to give the Lakers depth in the front court, as well as someone who can shoot from the outside on occasion. McRoberts made 38.3% (23 of 60) of his three-point attempts last season.

With center Andrew Bynum suspended for the first five games of the season and 6'9", 275-pound big man Derrick Caracter out four to six weeks with a torn mensicus, there is a reasonable chance that McRoberts could be the in the starting lineup to open the season on Christmas Day against the Chicago Bulls, at least given the current roster.

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Chris Paul Trade Rumors: Clippers Continue To Work Towards Deal, Lakers Remain Involved

The Chris Paul to Los Angeles rumors are alive and kicking once again, although in the latest report to come out, it's the Clippers to be the ones moving closer to a deal. Do not count out the Lakers, though, as it appears the team may still be interested in working out a deal after reportedly backing out of the sweepstakes over the weekend. Marc Stein and Chris Broussard have the latest news:

League officials representing the New Orleans Hornets and the Los Angeles Clippers continued discussions into Tuesday night on a trade that would put Chris Paul on the same team with Blake Griffin, according to sources briefed on the talks.

But the sides have yet to find a framework that satisfies both, sources said, with the NBA not relenting on its desire to acquire the Clippers' top five available trade assets in return for Paul, who would invoke the 2012-13 option in his contract as part of any trade between the teams to ensure the Clippers would have him for at least two seasons.

"They're still asking for everyone," said one source with knowledge of the Clippers' thinking.

It still sounds like the Hornets are set on moving Paul, it's only a matter of which team blinks first and presents the offer New Orleans is looking for. There is no denying just how valuable the All-Star point guard is and luring him to Los Angeles will not come cheap.

As for the Lakers and their continued involvement:

ESPN.com learned Tuesday that a Lakers deal for Paul has not yet been ruled out, contingent on the fact that they can recruit at least one other team to supply some of the young pieces that the league is demanding. But the Lakers do still have Pau Gasol as a centerpiece, who could either replace Paul as the Hornets' franchise player or give New Orleans a top-20 player to be dangled in subsequent deals.

"The Lakers are definitely still in this," said one source close to the talks.

It's tough to imagine the Lakers having enough pieces to entice the Hornets, especially with Lamar Odom now on the Mavericks, but anything is possible when you have two quality big men at your disposal as LA does with Gasol and Andrew Bynum. The league is rumored to prefer the Clippers as the landing spot for CP3, but honestly, they may not care any longer if this potential deal continues to linger around.

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Los Angeles Lakers Injury Update: Derrick Caracter Tears Meniscus

The Los Angeles Lakers were once feared for their size. They had three of the best big men in basketball in Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, and Lamar Odom, which was pretty much an unstoppable force in a seven-game series. They wore down almost every team they faced with their bigs (except maybe the Cetlics, and then the Mavericks), winning two championships along the way.

That's not the case anymore. Odom is gone, traded to the Mavericks. And the player most likely to replace him as the primary power forward? Also out.

Lakers forward Derrick Caracter tore the lateral meniscus in his left knee at Monday afternoon's practice.

Caracter is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow morning at the hand of Dr. Steve Lombardo. The Lakers will issue a press release at the conclusion of the surgery for the timetable of Caracter's recovery.

Not to be an alarmist, but with Odom traded and Caracter injured, the list of able Laker power forwards now begins and ends with Pau Gasol. It's a bit of a shocking reversal of fortune for a team once admired for its overall depth up front, but now it looks as if Kobe Bryant will have to shoulder an even greater load coming out of the backcourt, something he can't be happy at all about.

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Los Angeles Lakers Offseason: Lakers Offer Josh McRoberts, Sign Gerald Green And Malcolm Thomas

According to a tweet by the Indianapolis Star's Mike Wells, the Los Angeles Lakers are on the verge of signing former Indiana Pacers forward Josh McRoberts to an offer.

Details of the deal are not yet available but adding McRoberts seems like a logical addition to a roster that is in need of some size after trading away Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks. Outside of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, there is no real depth up front and with Bynum's injury past, the Lakers don't want to take any chances.

McRoberts, a 6-10 power forward, spent the past three seasons with the Pacers and has averaged 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds for his career.

The Lakers have also signed guard Gerald Green and forward Malcolm Thomas to compete for roster spots.

Green has posted career averages of 7.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 181 NBA games with the Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks. Green could bring the same type of athleticism to the bench that departed guard Shannon Brown did.

Thomas was an All-Mountain West Conference Second Team selection at San Diego State the past two seasons.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Lakers One Of Four Teams On Howard's Short List

There has been plenty of back and forth on whether or not the Orlando Magic will trade their superstar center Dwight Howard before the season starts. He's both requested a trade as well as backed off of a trade request in the span of days. But one thing that seems to be consistent is the list of teams he is willing to sign long-term with and that list includes the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets and Orlando Magic are the four teams and just looking at the list shows the difficult position the Magic are in. One, it limits who they can deal with and two, it includes themselves which of course is the team's first option.

According to a tweet from the Orange County Register's Kevin Ding, the Lakers have both Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum as possible trade options but would prefer to not have to give up both players for Howard. With Lamar Odom now gone, it would leave the team barren if both Gasol and Bynum were traded for Howard.

After having their trade for New Orleans Hornets' superstar Chris Paul vetoed by the NBA, the Lakers are still searching for ways to improve the present and the future. Howard is an option but the means in which they will be able to pry him away are still uncertain.

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Los Angeles Lakers Trade Lamar Odom, Second Round Draft Pick To Dallas Mavericks For First Round Draft Pick, Trade Exception

The Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night officially announced the trade of Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks. The Lakers gave up Odom and their 2012 second round draft pick in exchange for the Mavs' 2012 first round draft pick and an $8.9 million trade exception. In what looked at first like a prelude to another deal, perhaps for Dwight Howard, the Odom deal for now stands alone as the forward asked to be traded on Friday.

Odom was included as part of the three-team trade with the New Orleans Hornets and Houston Rockets that would have brought point guard Chris Paul to Los Angeles, but that deal was not allowed by commissioner David Stern, who has final approval over moves made by the NBA-owned Hornets. Odom was very unhappy about being included in the trade, tweeting on Thursday, "When a team trades u and it doesn't go down? Now what?"

When training camp opened on Friday, Odom showed up late and didn't practice, instead meeting with general manager Mitch Kupchak. "Lamar was a fine player for us in his seven years with the Lakers and was a key to helping us win two championships," Kupchak said in a statement. "In addition, he always conducted himself with class and professionalism and we wish him well in the remainder of his career."

Odom came to the Lakers from the Miami Heat in the trade that sent Shaquille O`Neal to South Beach. In seven years with the Lakers, Odom averaged 13.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game and provided uncommon versatility in the front court. Odom was part of two championship teams with the Lakers and won the Sixth Man of the Year Award last season.

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Kobe Bryant Displeased With Lamar Odom Trade From Lakers To Mavericks

Kobe Bryant doesn't have many years left to win more titles with the Los Angeles Lakers. Every move the organization makes becomes more critical to Kobe's future chances to win another championship.

So you can imagine how thrilled he was at the decision by the Lakers to trade Lamar Odom for a trade exception. Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles filed this report.

"I don't like it," said Bryant. "To be honest with you, I don't like it."

The Lakers had nothing official to announce, according to team spokesman John Black, but Odom was not present at the practice facility while his teammates spoke to reporters and posed for photos in their gold home jerseys.

While the trade might not have been official yet, Bryant spoke about it as if it was already decided.

"You're talking about the Sixth Man of the Year last year," Bryant said. "He played lights out. I don't understand the criticism of reality shows and this, that and the other. I don't get it. I don't understand that. He had his best season last season, clearly wasn't a distraction and he played his ass off. I don't get where that comes from."

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As Bryant continued to answer questions about Odom joining the team that swept the Lakers out of the second round of the playoffs last spring, his anger grew.

"Now I'm getting pissed off," he said.

Bryant might not be considered the greatest teammate, but he's generally loyal to the players who help him win championships. Odom was an integral part of both of the last two title teams and is coming off the best season of his career as Sixth Man of the Year.  To see Odom given up for pretty much nothing has to be hard for the Lakers to swallow.

The Lakers better be prepared to make additional moves if they want to smooth the feathers of their team leader. Bryant wants big players on his team, and it's unclear that Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum on their own will be enough to get LA back to another championship.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum Won't Be Traded By Lakers For Magic Center

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The Orlando Magic seem like they're nearing the beginning of the end with their superstar center. Dwight Howard has requested multiple times to be traded, and the Magic appear to be letting the center explore his options so they can move on and get the best potential move possible to keep themselves competitive.

One option the Magic are exploring is the Los Angeles Lakers, who are probably the only team with comparable big men. Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol would both be worthy contributors. Gasol is more refined offensively but probably doesn't have the overall strength of a true center; Bynum is clearly brimming with potential, but he always tends to get injured and isn't as durable as the other two all-stars.

But they won't be dealt for Howard, definitely not as a package.

I'm told there's no way Lakers are trading Bynum and Gasol for Dwight Howard.
Dec 11 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

 

That's probably giving up too much for Los Angeles, who have already lost Lamar Odom. The Lakers would have very little flexibility and be reduced to a two-man show with Kobe Bryant and Howard. Compelling, but hardly a dominant team. The Lakers need to find other pieces if they really want to make a move to get the best big man in the league.

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Lamar Odom Trade: Dallas Mavericks Have Six Years To Send Protected Draft Pick To Los Angeles Lakers

It is going to be weird seeing Lamar Odom on the Dallas Mavericks. After all, Dallas was the team that swept the Los Angeles Lakers out of the playoffs last season, and the Lakers will reportedly dump the Sixth Man of the Year for merely a draft pick and a trade exception. Presumably the Lakers will use that flexibility to pursue Dwight Howard, but giving up Odom they better be sure.

In addition to the $8.9 million trade exception, the Lakers will receive a first round draft pick from Dallas. But the Mavericks control when the Lakers receive the pick. Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reported that the pick is protected if its in the top 20, and Dallas has six years to give that pick to the Lakers.

For the Mavericks there is certainly risk, as their move could have paved the way for Howard to come to Los Angeles. But it was a shrewd move to get Odom, who at the very least improves their team and also has a friendly contract that gives them flexibility should they decide to move him.

But for the Lakers, their endgame is Howard. It has to be. Sending a highly productive player to a rival as a salary dump as a standalone move doesn't make sense otherwise. Saurav A. Das at Silver Screen and Roll tried to comprehend the move:

With Jerry Buss having recently been hospitalised for blood clots, it's evident whose decision this was. This is Jim Buss' moment of truth - a truly insane gamble. Within the next few days we'll know if he's as brilliant, if not more, than his father, or simply the incompetent and foolish prat many of us had labelled him as previously. And the Lakers' future hangs in the balance.

We'll find out pretty soon just what the corresponding move, if any, will be.

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Los Angeles Lakers To Trade Lamar Odom To Dallas Mavericks Per Report, Likely Clearing Room For Dwight Howard

It has been rumored in recent days that the Los Angeles Lakers were trying to acquire Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, in separate deals. But once it became clear the trade for Paul would be difficult to get approved by the NBA, the Lakers appear to have made their choice between Paul and Howard, and have picked the big man.

The Lakers pulled out of the Paul trade on Saturday night, and instead will reportedly trade Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks, per Marc Stein of ESPN.com. What the Lakers gain in the deal is an $8.9 million trade exception that the Lakers could use to create space for Howard. As Eric Pincus of Hoopsworld tweeted, the Lakers can combine their $8.9 trade exception from the Odom deal with their $5.5 million exception from trading Sasha Vujacic last season.

It would seem that Andrew Bynum would need to be a part of any deal to the Orlando Magic for Howard, who formally requested a trade on Saturday, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. However as Wojnarowski noted, Howard might prefer the New Jersey Nets as a possible destination. It will come down to the Lakers needing to beat a Nets' offer that would center around center Brook Lopez and multiple draft picks.

The Lakers have Bynum and the picks, and now with the trade exceptions have the room to take on a bad contract like Hedo Turkoglu to provide salary cap relief for the Magic. The question now will be: is it enough for the Lakers to acquire another superstar center from Orlando?

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Chris Paul Trade: Lakers Withdraw From Proposed Trade, According To Reports

Marc Stein from ESPN is reporting that the Los Angeles Lakers have pulled out of the proposed three-team trade that would have brought Chris Paul to California.

This new development is coming on the heels of a revised trade proposal between the Lakers, New Orleans Hornets and Houston Rockets that was originally nixed by NBA commissioner David Stern.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that neither the Lakers nor the Hornets will be pursuing a direct trade to obtain Chris Paul. Sources are saying that the Hornets would be able to obtain the pieces they are looking for from either team individually.The revised trade proposal would have stocked New Orleans with younger players and draft picks to prepare for the future of the team.

It's not currently clear why the Lakers decided to pull out of the trade, but their withdrawal is key to the entire deal falling apart.

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Chris Paul Trade: Lakers Might Get Jason Smith, Marcus Banks In Revised Deal, According To Reports

The Los Angeles Lakers are still attempting to trade for Chris Paul, despite the deal being nixed initially by NBA commissioner David Stern. Word came out early on Saturday that a revised trade proposal had been submitted to the commissioner's office by the three teams involved in the deal: the Lakers, the New Orleans Hornets and the Houston Rockets. Some details about the specifics of that trade are now beginning to come out.

Sam Amick from Sports Illustrated is reporting that Hornets GM Dell Demps was told to focus on younger players and draft picks in order to help the Hornets build for the future. Both Amick and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports are reporting that the Lakers would pick up Jason Smith and/or Marcus Banks in sign-and-trade deals. The Lakers would most likely give up a high-round draft pick to New Orleans. The Hornets would also pick up Kevin Martin and Luis Scola from the Rockets, along with a first-round 2012 pick or additional young players or picks.

The Lakers would send Lamar Odom to the Hornets and Pau Gasol to the Rockets if the deal is approved. The teams are awaiting the decision on the revised trade proposal.

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Chris Paul Trade: Deal Revised By Lakers, Hornets, Rockets, But Details Yet Unknown

The Los Angeles Lakers are working on a revised three-team trade with the New Orleans Hornets and Houston Rockets, trying to bring point guard Chris Paul to Los Angeles. A new proposal has been sent to the league for approval, but it is unclear just what revisions were made in an attempt to satisfy NBA commissioner David Stern.

Hornets' general manager Dell Demps was trying to get Lakers' second-year guard Devin Ebanks added to the trade, per Ken Berger of CBS Sports, but by Saturday afternoon it was reported that the NBA directive to have more young players added to the deal would be satisfied by the Rockets adding more to the deal, per both Berger and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Berger reported that Pau Gasol would still be going to Houston and that Luis Scola and Kevin Martin would remain as part of the trade going from Houston to New Orleans. Gasol sounded on Saturday like someone who didn't want the trade to go through. "I'm happy it hasn't happened. My heart is here. My mind is here," Gasol said after practice, per Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. "I had a lot of fun today practicing with my guys. Hopefully I'll be able to do it tomorrow."

Lamar Odom, who was a part of the original deal, is likely a part of the revised trade as well, though nothing has yet been confirmed. Odom missed Lakers practice for the second straight day on Saturday, per Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. If the players from the Lakers don't change in the deal, one might imagine they would either need to take on salary like center Emeka Okafor from the Hornets, or add a draft pick or two in the deal. Wojnaroswki reported that earlier Saturday the Lakers had been working to obtain a draft pick they could in turn include in the trade for Paul.

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Chris Paul To Lakers: Revised Trade Proposal Sent To David Stern For Approval, Per Reports

The Los Angeles Lakers are eager to bring Chris Paul to the Staples Center, and after a deal was rejected by David Stern on Thursday night, it appears they are close to yet another agreement. According to multiple reports, the Lakers, Hornets and Rockets are closing in on a three-team deal that could see as many as 10 players change teams.

Source confirms framework of revamped trade agreement sending CP3 to Lakers has been reached, pending approval of the commissioner.
Dec 10 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply


Of course that final line of the tweet is the kicker, and if Thursday was any indication, any deals with the Hornets will not be easy because of the league running the franchise. It is unclear at this point if the Lakers would receive any players other than Paul, although Emeka Okafor's name has been in a lot rumors in recent days. With the potential need for another post player, he may be on the move to Los Angeles as well.

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Chris Paul Trade: Lakers, Hornets, Rockets Reportedly Working On Revised Deal

The Chris Paul trade to the Los Angeles Lakers might not be dead after all. On Friday night, one day after the NBA nixed a three-way trade involving the New Orleans Hornets and Houston Rockets that would have brought Paul to Los Angeles for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, the NBA-owned Hornets can now pursue a new, revised CP3 deal.

"After the NBA office furnished New Orleans general manager Dell Demps with fresh directives on the kind of deal it would take to get approval from the league, Demps re-engaged the Lakers and Rockets in talks early Friday afternoon that carried deep into the evening, sources said," reported Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. "The three teams agreed to reconvene Saturday morning and believed they were within striking distance of a deal Demps could take to the league for its blessing."

Chris Broussard and Marc Stein of ESPN reported that under a revised deal the league would like "more youth or draft picks going to the Hornets."

NBA training camps around the league opened on Friday, which created an awkward situation in these three NBA cities with players who were traded in essence having to report back to their old teams after the deal was denied by commissioner David Stern. Paul showed up to camp in New Orleans, as Gasol did in Los Angeles. Odom, who expressed disappointment in being traded from L.A., was not expected to show up but eventually came to camp, 90 minutes late, then met with Mitch Kupchak briefly before leaving for the day.

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Chris Paul Trade: David Stern Releases Statement On Veto Of CP3 To Lakers Trade

NBA commissioner David Stern has released a statement concerning the veto of the trade that would send New Orleans Hornets' point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers in a three team trade with the Houston Rockets.

In an excerpt from his statement, Stern elaborated on the reasons why this trade was vetoed:

"Since the NBA purchased the New Orleans Hornets, final responsibility for significant management decisions lies with the Commissioner's Office in consultation with team chairman Jac Sperling. All decisions are made on the basis of what is in the best interests of the Hornets. In the case of the trade proposal that was made to the Hornets for Chris Paul, we decided, free from the influence of other NBA owners, that the team was better served with Chris in a Hornets uniform than by the outcome of the terms of that trade."

That might be all true Mr. Stern, but to say that the other owners had no influence certainly doesn't seem like he's giving out the full story. 

There have been reports that some owners have attempted to sway Stern to block the proposed trade trade. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made it perfectly clear he was opposed to the deal on Friday, while Yahoo! Sports got hold of an e-mail from Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert asking Stern to put it to a vote amongst the 29 owners of the Hornets, claiming it was an unfair deal to the rest of the league. 

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Chris Paul Trade To Lakers: Cavaliers' Owner Dan Gilbert Calls Trade 'A Travesty'

The Los Angeles Lakers had a deal in place to acquire point guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets in a three-team trade, but that was nixed by David Stern and the NBA on Thursday. The quirk in this situation is that the NBA owns the Hornets and has such authority to block a deal that seemed to be fairly negotiated. The story took a twist Thursday night thanks to an email from Cleveland Cavaliers' owner Dan Gilbert.

Stern said the deal was nixed for "basketball reasons," but it appears that was not the case. Yahoo! Sports obtained a copy of an email from Gilbert to Stern in which the Cavs' owner called the proposed deal "a travesty" and pleaded for it to be vetoed.

"I cannot remember ever seeing a trade where a team got by far the best player in the trade and saved over $40 million in the process. And it doesn’t appear that they would give up any draft picks, which might allow to later make a trade for Dwight Howard," Gilbert wrote. "When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?

Gilbert famously wrote a stinging letter to LeBron James in the summer of 2010 when the forward left Cleveland for the Miami Heat, and published said letter on the Cavs' team website with a Comic Sans font. It seems fitting that his email would be the one leaked, though it was likely that other owners similarly wanted the deal squashed. Whether that sentiment was out of jealousy of the Lakers or in true pursuit of the greater good is likely something we will never know.

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Chris Paul Trade To Lakers Cancelled: David Stern Not Happy With Players Controlling Deal

Just a few short hours after what appeared to be the first blockbuster trade of the offseason, David Stern and the NBA canceled the trade that would send Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers. It was first reported that many of the owners around the league were unhappy with the return to New Orleans only consisting of Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, although Adrian Wojnarowski recently provided some clarity into the situation:

League source on killed deal: "...(Stern) wasn't going to let Chris Paul dictate where he wanted to go."

"In the end, David didn't like that the players were dictating where they wanted to go," source says.

If true, it is good for David Stern to take a stand, even if it wasn't the league's place to veto a deal of that magnitude. While many of these players feel they control the NBA and the operations that surround it, there is still a front office in place to make all of the final decisions. It sounds like the commissioner was indeed pressured into rejecting the deal by owners, and it was his final call to cancel the deal.

Now we're left with a big, sticky, awkward mess with training camp just days away. You can't write something this juicy, folks.

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Chris Paul No-Trade Reaction: David Stern, NBA Lost Credibility

If there is one thing that is clear after the NBA rejected the deal that would have sent Chris Paul from the NBA-owned New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Lakers, it's that there are several people angry with this decision, and not just Lakers' fans. Over at Silver Screen and Roll, Dexter Fishmore absolutely eviscerated NBA commissioner David Stern for this decision:

When the league took over ownership of the Hornets David Stern emphasized that they'd be allow to operate autonomously, without interference from the league office. That's been exposed as total nonsense. He's on a short leash being yanked by owners whose teams will suck forever and therefore have no choice but to drag the smart and successful down to their level.

This is a deep stain on Stern's reign as commissioner. He got bullied by small-market owners into prolonging the lockout, and they just did it to him again. His stewardship of the sport is a bad joke. It's time for him to go.

However, as Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reported, a league source said, "Not true that owners killed the deal. League office declined to make the trade for basketball reasons"

Basketball reasons? So much for letting the Hornets make moves without interference. Rohan Cruyff, the fine writer of At The Hive, noted in a series of tweets how killing this deal set a bad precedent for the NBA:

let's say no new owner. hornets can now no longer trade paul. if he walks next summer, league has screwed the hornets over massively

if he gets traded somewhere OTHER than lakers, league has screwed the lakers over massively

regardless of what happens here, the nba has put itself into a hole it simply cannot get out of

stern has just screwed over at *least* one franchise, and has cost chris paul potentially tens of millions of dollars

The bottom line is that this deal was much better than the deal that originally brought Pau Gasol to the Lakers in the first place, a trade I might add that in the long term helped the Memphis Grizzlies become a playoff contender last season.It will be interesting to see how the NBA Players Union reacts to this mess.

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NBA Kills Proposed Chris Paul Trade To Los Angeles Lakers, According To Reports

Well, it appears the reported three-team trade to bring Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers is now dead. Paul was to join the Lakers, with Pau Gasol going to the Houston Rockets and Lamar Odom and others to the New Orleans Hornets. However, caving into pressure from other NBA owners irate at the deal involving the league-owned Hornets, the league has killed the deal.

"'The deal is off,' a source involved in the talks tells Y! Sports. 'It's dead.'," tweeted Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports on Thursday night. Wojnarowski also reported that all players involved in the deal have been told to report to their respective training camps on Friday.

As for Paul himself, he may have summed up everything perfectly with one of the shortest tweets ever:

 

We'll see what the ramifications of this trade are when the players show up to their new old teams on Friday.

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Chris Paul To Lakers: Trade In Jeopardy After Irate Owners Protest Deal

Here we go, NBA fans. According to multiple sources, the trade that would send Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers is in serious jeopardy after irate owners pushed David Stern to cancel the deal. While a tentative agreement had reportedly been in place between LA, the New Orleans Hornets and Houston Rockets, there were still multiple hurdles to get past. Just a little more than three hours after the deal was agreed upon, it appears the deal may not be going down after all.

Here are multiple tweets reporting the news:

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

NBA owners have pushed commissioner David Stern to kill the deal sending Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, sources tell Y! Sports.

Owners were irate in Board of Governors meeting with Stern, livid that the league-owned Hornets were allowed to make Paul deal, sources say.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

It was not immediately clear, sources said, if three-way trade involving Hornets, Lakers and Rockets is merely snagged or in jeopardy

For those of who were expecting complete and total madness in the two weeks of free agency and trade deals, we officially have arrived at it. As Stein reported, there is no current indication of whether or not the deal will be completely dead or if the two (or three) teams will have to re-negotatiate something that works for everyone, although we will likely know the details shortly.

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Chris Paul Trade: CP3 To Lakers, Pau Gasol To Rockets, Lamar Odom To Hornets According To Report

The Los Angeles Lakers are giving up a lot to land Chris Paul. Here are the supposed players and assets being moved in this trade according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Chris Paul: Quite a combination he and Kobe would make. Will CP3 be able to pry that basketball from Bryant's iron-clad hands?

New Orleans Hornets

  • Luis Scola: Solid power forward who can produce.
  • Lamar Odom: And Khloe. Don't forget Khloe.
  • Kevin Martin: Pretty good offensive weapon that Martin has
  • Goran Dragic: Yeah, a bit of a downgrade from CP3. Point guard will be a real issue for the Hornets.
  • 2012 first round draft pick previously obtained from the Knicks: Man. This isn't that bad at all.

Honestly not a bad haul overall for the Hornets, if they had to lose their starting point guard. Lots of talent there, and it's a more balanced team. No great players, but plenty of guys that complement each other fairly well. This team can get to the playoffs.

Houston Rockets

  • Pau Gasol: Still an elite power forward. Not likely to be the cornerstone of the franchise, but team him up with one or two other players and they can definitely contend the next few years.

Emeka Okafor might be involved, although it's not quite clear yet. If he isn't, the Hornets are coming off real nice.

To talk about the trade with fans from any of these teams, head to Silver Screen and Roll (Lakers), At The Hive (Hornets) and The Dream Shake (Rockets).

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Chris Paul Trade: Lakers Could Face Big Man Shortage In First Week

The basketball world is abuzz - sorry, New Orleans - with the Lakers' reported acquisition of point guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets. The reported three-team deal would send Paul Gasol to the Houston Rockets and Lamar Odom to the New Orleans Hornets.

While the deal won't be official until Friday, there is still the matter clearing up exactly whom will be in the trade. Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reported that the Lakers might also receive center-forward Emeka Okafor as part of the deal, which seems to make sense from a salary cap perspective. But it also makes sense simply from a depth perspective.

The Lakers, whose main strength the past four years has been the size and depth of their front court, are running out of bigs. With Gasol and Odom gone, that leaves Andrew Bynum as the lone man in the middle with front court mates Derrick Caracter and Metta World Peace as the only ones with any size down low. That's why guys like Okafor are needed.

It remains to be seen whether the Lakers have enough, with Bynum as the centerpiece, to pry Dwight Howard out of Orlando. But let's assume for a moment that Howard stays with the Magic for now and Bynum remains in Los Angeles. Bynum was suspended for the first five games of the season, so the Lakers would have to face Chicago, Sacramento, Utah, New York, and Denver - five games in the first seven nights of the season - with about a thin a front court as you will find.

There is still free agency, so the Lakers could pick up a big man or two to fill the void, but that first week could be brutal. Thankfully the Lakers will have Paul and Kobe Bryant to lead the way.

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Chris Paul Trade: Lamar Odom Upset, Frustrated With Los Angeles Lakers

While the Los Angeles Lakers and their fans eagerly await the arrival of recently-acquired All-Star point guard Chris Paul, there were some in the organization who were shocked and unhappy with the deal. One of those players is Lamar Odom, who will be sent to the New Orleans Hornets along with Pau Gasol. Odom recently went on the air and addressed the trade.

Lamar Odom to @stephenasmith "haven't heard anything...can't believe I'd be treated like a number"
Dec 08 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

Lamar Odom to @710ESPN@stephenasmith "L.A. is home...maybe I rubbed people wrong way w doing the show"
Dec 08 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

 

It is completely understandable for Odom, an NBA veteran of 12 years, to be disgruntled after learning of the deal. He has always been viewed a professional on and off the court and was a key part of the 2009 and 2010 championship teams. Odom and Gasol now head south to New Orleans, where the team does not project to win much in the near future and is currently being run without true ownership.

For more on the trade, stay tuned to our StoryStream. To interact with Lakers fans, head on over to Silver Screen and Roll. Hornets fans should go to At The Hive.

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Chris Paul To Lakers: Team Saw Brilliance Of CP3 First Hand During NBA Playoffs

The Los Angeles Lakers are on the verge of a blockbuster trade in which they would land one of the best players in the game, point guard Chris Paul. The reported three-way deal with the New Orleans Hornets and Houston Rockets involve Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom leaving the Lakers. What the Lakers are getting in Paul they saw with their own eyes in the NBA playoffs.

It took the Lakers six games to beat the undermanned Hornets because of the superb play of Paul. He sliced and diced his way around and through the Lakers' defense, nearly signlehandedly pulling off the series upset. In the Hornets' Game 4 win in New Orleans, Paul had 27 points, 13 rebounds, and 15 assists and pulled off this nifty pickpocket of Derek Fisher:

In his understated way, former Lakers' coach Phil Jackson said of Paul, "He made a lot happen out there," which may have been the understatement of all understatements. For the series, Paul averaged 22.0 points, 11.5 assists, and 6.7 rebounds per contest.

With all due respect to Derek Fisher, the Lakers have been weak at point guard for years, and the acquisition of Paul is the best possible way they could have addressed that need. The 26-yeard old Paul will fit right in to Mike Brown's defensive mindset, and should free up Kobe Bryant from having to occasionally take on opposing point guards on defense, as he tried with Paul at times during the playoff series.

Whether the Lakers are done making moves or not - Andrew Bynum is a nice starting point for a Dwight Howard trade, for instance - the addition of Paul should provide a much-needed injection of youthful energy into the Lakers' backcourt.

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Chris Paul Reportedly Traded To The Lakers For Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom In Three-Way Trade With Hornets, Rockets

The biggest buzz surrounding New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul being traded has come from the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers had the assets to make a move, particularly the bigs the Hornets could want to try and stay competitive in the Western Conference. It also lessens the loss of Paul for New Orleans, who would likely leave in free agency next season, leaving the Hornets with nothing.

It feel like they're ready to make that trade. The deal appears to be escalating and could be done as soon as tomorrow. Here are the latest details.

Hornets working to finalize details on 3-team deal to send Chris Paul to Lakers, Gasol to Rockets and Odom, KMart, Scola to NO, sources say.
Dec 08 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

 

The Lakers obviously are gutting their frontcourt to make this trade. But they'll have Paul, which paired with Kobe Bryant will become one of the most potent backcourts in the league. If they can turn Andrew Bynum into Dwight Howard, this could become the prohibitive NBA title favorites. The Rockets are looking like they're in great shape if they end up with Gasol and Odom.

To discuss Paul on the Lakers, check out Silver Screen and Roll. To discuss Gasol and Odom on the Hornets, heading to At The Hive.

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Chris Paul Trade Rumors: Pau Gasol To Houston, Luis Scola And Kevin Martin To New Orleans For CP3 To Lakers?

UpdateChris Paul trade is done

The Los Angeles Lakers are apparently very intrigued at the thought of New Orleans point guard Chris Paul playing for them in their backcourt, and they're willing to make a deal. That deal might include the departure of their all-star power forward Pau Gasol. Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated speculates on a potential three-team deal that would involve the Houston Rockets as well.

The Lakers have been in the hunt for Paul since the beginning, but L.A.'s reluctance to include Andrew Bynum in any deal for Paul has prevented talks from advancing. The Lakers prefer to hold on to Bynum as the possible centerpiece of trade talks with Orlando for Dwight Howard. The Hornets are not interested in Gasol (who has three years and $57 million left on his deal), but in the last 48 hours they have put out feelers to try and gauge league-wide interest in the 31-year-old forward.

Houston has been been actively pursuing centers. Rockets officials have met with Nuggets big man Nene and Kings center Samuel Dalembert in the last week. While a source close to Nene said he has not made any decision, rival executives believe he is headed back to Denver, likely at a max or near-max deal. However, Houston is also still in the mix for the big man. Houston wants Gasol, who would become the low post presence the Rockets have craved since Yao Ming went down with injuries.

 Gasol has been great for Los Angeles, but he's coming off his worst season as a Laker, and the emergence of Andrew Bynum might mean his days as a starter are limited. With the Lakers willing to commit to Bynum, that means Gasol has to go if any deal for CP3 is going to be made. Houston needs a big man like Gasol to replace the now retired Yao Ming, and New Orleans gets some crucial assets. And LA gets CP3, while the rest of the Western Conference cowers in fear. Good for everyone!

To discuss the possibility of Paul on the Lakers, head to Silver Screen and Roll. To discuss the idea of Gasol on the Rockets, go to The Dream Shake. To talk about Scola and Martin on the Hornets, head to At The Hive.

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NBA Free Agents: Los Angeles Lakers Could Lose Shannon Brown To Phoenix Suns

On the first day of NBA free agency, it appears the Los Angeles Lakers will lose a guard to a division rival. Shannon Brown is close to a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Phoenix Suns, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

It has been known for some time that the Lakers were likely to lose Brown, who made $2.2 million last season in Los Angeles. Brown set career highs in 2010-2011 averaging 8.7 points per game and 0.8 steals per game coming off the bench for the Lakers. He played in all 82 games for the Lakers in each of the last two seasons, starting seven games in the 2009-2010 campaign.

Last Friday in a news conference, Lakers' general manager Mitch Kupchak sounded like a man who knew Brown would not be back in Los Angeles. "I would think that this year he would look for, and he would probably get, a package financially that's much more attractive than we can offer under the present rules. I don't know where it's going to play out or how it's going to play out, but that would be my guess," Kupchak told Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles.

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2011 NBA Free Agents: Delonte West Considering Lakers As Next Destination

According to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski free agent guard Delonte West is mulling over his options for the upcoming season, which could possibly include joining the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2011-12 NBA campaign. 

Along with the Lake show the Mavericks, Suns, and a return to the Boston Celtics are all possible, I'm sure the question for him now will be what team will pay him the most and what team has the best shot at success. West has bounced back and fourth from Cleveland and Boston his entire career aside from a one year stint with the Seattle Sonics in 2007-08, and a move to the West might do him some good. 

West, 28, averaged 5.8 points per game, along with 2.7 assists in 18.9 minutes a game last year for the Celtics, falling short of his usual numbers for a season. Nevertheless, he could still provide some bench depth at the guard position, and hopefully for on the cheap. 

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Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Hospitalized With Blood Clots

According to ESPN's Dave Mcmenamin Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss has been hospitalized due to blood clots in his legs caused a team spokesman said Wednesday. The clots are said to have formed to due to the excess travel Dr. Buss has been taking part of, spending lots of time in airplanes as of late. 

"He is doing well and expects to be released in the next day or two," said Lakers vice president of public relations John Black.

Buss, 77, traveled overseas for vacation as the NBA offseason drug on and on, also making several stops to New York City for labor negotiation meetings over the course of the lockout as well.  

Dr. Buss purchased the Lakers back in 1979, winning 10 NBA titles during his tenure along with 16 NBA Finals in 32 seasons.  

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NBA Free Agents 2011: Lakers Will Likely Sign Jason Kapono Friday

The Los Angeles Lakers might be poised to make some big offseason splashes if the trade rumors go the right way. But they'll probably make some smaller moves.

Jason Kapono intends to sign a one-year contract for the veteran minimum with the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, league sources tell Y!
Dec 07 via webFavoriteRetweetReply


Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reported
that the Lakers and Kapono were looking at a two year deal, although it looks as if Wojnarowski is reporting one year for the veteran's minimum.

Last year in the playoffs, the Lakers proved they had great inside presence. However, the outside shooting was horrendous and pretty much cost them any shot at winning their third straight championship. Kapono does provide a player who can stretch the floor and complement the Laker bigs when they're double-teamed; he is one of the league's most efficient three point shooters when given the open look. He is a defensive liability, but so is almost every Laker guard not named Kobe Bryant over the past decade, and it hasn't really stopped them from succeeding. It's a low-risk move with decent rewards likely.

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NBA Trade Rumors 2011: Andrew Bynum's Agent David Lee Says No One's Calling

According to the Orange County Register the trade market for Los Angeles Lakers big man Andrew Bynum has not been as explosive as one might think will all of the rumors swirling about. In fact, Bynum's agent David Lee has said no teams have called him about Bynum's status, aside from Lakers GM Mitch Kupchack to see 'how the big guy looks' after his offseason workout program. 

"And he looks good," Lee said.    

This has to seem like the movie Groundhog's Day for Bynum and his camp as Lee noted that today's rumors are no different than those the last four off seasons when Bynum was 'on the trading block' for Jason Kidd in 2008, Kevin Garnett in 2009, Carmelo Anthonly in 2010  and now Dwight Howard and/or Chris Paul in 2011.

"It's routine for this time of year," Lee said. "It's no different other than it's later in the year and the names are different."

Bynum also deleted his Twitter account recently, possibly in an attempt to stay silent on the matter and avoid questions and comments from his previously many followers.

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NBA Trade Rumors 2011: Chris Paul AND Dwight Howard To The Los Angeles Lakers?

The Los Angeles Lakers have shown interest in getting Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. Is it possible they can get both?

Chris Broussard of ESPN believes so.

Hoping to pull off a pair of blockbuster moves that would rock the NBA, the Lakers are willing to trade anyone on their roster outside of Kobe Bryant to bring Howard and Paul to Los Angeles, two sources said.

Whether the Lakers are able to make it happen remains to be seen, but with stars Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom on the roster, they have the talent and the financial capacity to make the trades work.

CP3, Superman and Kobe Bryant? Everyone go crazy go nuts!

It's highly unlikely that the Lakers will be able to land both of these superstars unless they're ready to gut their current basketball team. Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom would almost all have to be traded away, decimating this team's once vaunted frontline. It would leave the Lakers with almost no actual depth and leave them with a relatively small bench to rely on.

Could Los Angeles win with their version of the Big Three? Could they put the contracts together to make it work? Not likely, but let's dream about how it would actually work. This team would have three great stars who are strong defensively and solid fundamentally. There's a lot for Lakers fans to like about this somewhat outlandish scenario.

To discuss the possibility of CP3, Howard and the Lakers, go to Silver Screen and Roll to talk with Lakers fans, check out Orlando Pinstriped Post to discuss with Magic fans, and head to At The Hive to talk with Hornets fans.

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Chris Paul Trade Rumors: Hornets Would Deal PG For Andrew Bynum, Not Pau Gasol

The New Orleans Hornets are serious in their desire to deal Chris Paul. The Hornets point guard isn't likely to sign with his current team, and has been clearly insistent through his agent that he wants to move to another franchise, potentially the New York Knicks.

The other franchise in the picture? The Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers have two movable assets. They have the older Pau Gasol and the young Andrew Bynum. The Orlando Magic  and the Hornets seem willing to part with Howard ONLY if Bynum is moved to them,. Adrian Wojranowski of Yahoo Sports with the report.

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.

With a new offense and a new coach in place for the Lakers, Paul and Bryant could be one fierce backcourt to be dealt with. But they'd have to sacrifice some of their legendary backcourt size (and possibly the basketball) to win it all.


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NBA Free Agency 2011: Lakers Unlikely To Sign Shannon Brown

The Los Angeles Lakers are busily preparing for the free agency frenzy to begin in a few shorts days and recent reports are starting to give fans an indication of what to expect. For those of you hoping the franchise would bring back Shannon Brown, who was one of the best players in the league off the bench in 2010, do not hold your breath. It appears that Brown will get a better deal elsewhere. Kevin Ding of The Orange County Register has the update on Twitter:

Kupchak expects Shannon Brown to get a better FA deal away from Lakers. Neither Theo Ratliff nor Joe Smith will return.

The news about Ratliff and Smith is not surprising, though it would be a substantial blow to the team should Brown leave. Mitch Kupchak will likely look to other options available in free agency and through trades. Finding an adequate backup for Kobe Bryant is a necessity for the 2011-2012 Lakers and they will have some work to do in the coming weeks.

This could also mean a slightly increased role for Derek Fisher, especially if LA is unable to find a backup similar to what Brown brought to the team. This has to be at least somewhat concerning, especially with Fisher turning 37 over the summer.

For more on the Lakers, head on over to Silver Screen and Roll.

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NBA Trade Rumors 2011: Andrew Bynum And Dwight Howard Deal Possible With Andrew Bogut

Andrew Bynum has often been circulated as the only real tradeable chip for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bynum is the only young component of a Lakers team that is trending older every season, and doesn't really have the flexibility it had in the past to move pieces in huge pacakges like they did in the past.

However, Jim Buss (son of owner Jerry, and perhaps the second most influential voice in the Laker organization) has been reluctant to trade Bynum. It was Buss who made the decision to draft the unproven Bynum when the Lakers were looking for more talent that was ready to go from the get-go.

Buss might be willing to change things up though if it means getting a coveted superstar. Ken Berger of CBS Sports with the report.

 It's no surprise to anyone that the Lakers will be one of the primary suitors in a possible trade for Howard, and a person with knowledge of the team's strategy told CBSSports.com that executive Jim Buss finally has dropped his opposition to trading center Andrew Bynum "for the right deal." That's code for "a deal for Dwight Howard," and it's clear from those familiar with Howard's thinking that he'd like to join the Lakers. Bynum may or may not be on the Magic's list of suitable replacements for Howard in a potential deal that also would have to include young players on rookie contracts and draft picks. The Bucks' Andrew Bogut may be a better fit, a notion that has conjured speculation in the agent community of a three-team deal that would land Bynum in Milwaukee, Bogut in Orlando and Howard in L.A.

Bynum has had a strong career in Los Angeles, but if you had to choose between Bynum and perhaps the league's best center, you do whatever it takes to make it happen. Bogut as the third man could make this all work.

To discuss Bynum and the Lakers, go to Silver Screen And Roll. To discuss Howard and the Magic, head to Orlando Pinstriped Post. To discuss Bogut and the Bucks, check out Brew Hoop.

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NBA Free Agents 2011: Lakers Have Amnesty Options

Shannon Brown is a key unrestricted free agent that the team will likely try to re-sign, though the Lakers will have options via amnesty.

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Los Angeles Lakers 2011-2012 Preseason Primer

A busy holiday season awaits everyone in the Lakers' organization as they prepare to face the Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day. Here's what to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.

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NBA Free Agency 2011: LA Lakers Not Likely To Be Active

Shannon Brown is a key unrestricted free agent that the team will likely try to re-sign.

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