CP3 to Lakers

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

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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.

Lakers, Rockets, Hornets talking three-way Chris Paul trade

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After things seemed to cool of on Wednesday, the Chris Paul trade rumors have heated up fast and furious on Thursday.

That includes a three-way deal where Paul ends up with the Los Angeles Lakers, who give up Pau Gasol. Then there is both Boston and New York working hard to find multi-team deals that would let them land CP3.

The three-team rumor comes via Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated although it now has been confirmed by multiple sources. The details are not yet clear, but Chris Paul would land with the Lakers, Pau Gasol would end up with the Rockets (who are looking for a big man) and the Hornets would get Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and some picks. There are a lot of details we don’t know and details have to be worked out.

Three-team trades are hard to make come together, but there are talks taking place.

The Lakers had wanted to trade Gasol for Chris Paul and not Andrew Bynum, hoping to keep the young big man in house for a potential trade with the Orlando Magic for Dwight Howard (or just to play Bynum). Landing Paul would force a radical change in offensive philosophy for new Lakers coach Mike Brown — he said he wanted to go with a “twin towers” idea with Gasol and Bynum not unlike what the Spurs did with David Robinson and Tim Duncan — but he would do it for the best point guard in the league.

Meanwhile Celtics GM Danny Ainge continues to work hard to find a way to land Paul in Boston — even though Paul has said he would not re-sign there. Ainge and the Celtics brass think they can change his tune if they just land him. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo has the details.

The Celtics have relentlessly pursued Paul and have presented the Hornets with as many as eight different scenarios that would bring them some combination of Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green, two future No. 1 picks and additional talent from third teams, sources said.

Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers believe they can sell Paul on re-signing with Boston for the long-term and desperately want him as the franchise star of their post-Big 3 era.

The Knicks also are reportedly going hard after a Chris Paul trade, with several scenarios out there. Those may include trying to trade Amare Stoudemire for Paul, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Why the Hornets would do that is beyond me. The Hornets want to rebuild with young players and picks, Stoudemire is older, expensive and with a history of injury problems. The Hornets could try to move him in a secondary deal, but that seems like a lot of work when better offers are on the table.