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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