Report: Chris Paul to be traded to the Lakers
Paul will apparently head to L.A. as part of three-team deal including the Houston Rockets. The Lakers will send Pau Gasol to the Rockets, and Odom, and Rockets' players Luis Scola, Kevin Martin and Goran Dragic will go to the Hornets. The Hornets will also reportedly receive a 2012 first-round pick from the Rockets in the deal (Houston has rights to the New York Knicks' 2012 first-rounder).
It was no big secret that Paul, one of the best point guards in the NBA, wanted to be traded. He reportedly wanted to be traded to the New York Knicks, but the Knicks don't have the trade assets or cap space to take on Paul.
The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers were also rumored to be in on Paul, but Golden State did not want to part with Stephen Curry.
Paul is just 26 but has already led the league in assists twice and steals three teams. In six seasons he has averaged 18.7 points and 9.9 assists per game. Gasol too is one of the best players in the league. He averaged 18.8 points and 10.2 rebounds last season and has been a key cog for Los Angeles since joining the team midway through the 2007-08 season.
The 32-year-old Odom averaged 14.4 points and 8.7 rebounds last season playing just about everywhere on the court for the Lakers.
Scola and Martin would be decent catches for the Hornets. Martin averaged 23.5 points a game last season and Scola is incredibly versatile on the wing. Gragic will have a tall task in trying to help replace Paul at point guard in New Orleans.
The deal also clears about $3.5 million in cap space for the Rockets, who could now pursue some of the top free agents on the market, such as Nene.
Details of the deal have not been fully disclosed and will likely surface in the coming hours or days.
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