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.
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.