Lakers Want Both Chris Paul And Dwight Howard

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 6 years ago '05        #1
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Dun Language 3971 heat pts3971
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Lakers Want Both Chris Paul And Dwight Howard
 

 

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The Los Angeles Lakers have a championship core. This same group of players were responsible for two out of the past three titles, and even without the services of Phil Jackson, there's every reason to believe that this team as-is can win another title with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum as its engine. But what comes after? The Lakers have begun looking to the future. They don't just want to stay competitive towards the end of Kobe Bryant's career, they want to transition seamlessly into their next phase of dominance.

And that means acquiring one of the big free agents in 2012, Dwight Howard or Chris Paul. Except they don't want one of those two. They reportedly want both.

From Mark Heisler, who covered the Lakers as a beat writer before taking up with SheridanHoops.com:
When the NBA couldn’t get a full ban on sign-and-trades, it left his Lakers in position to pull off a coup they’re dreaming of, which would make signing LeBron James pale by comparison.

If Dwight Howard and Chris Paul wind up on the market — a safe a.ssumption as far as I’m concerned — the Lakers could offer Andrew Bynum for Dwight and Pau Gasol for CP3, or vice versa.

Nothing says that they will be enough to land either player, but it should put the Lakers in the running for both.

Oh, and Dwight likes the Lakers. Asked which All-Star he would most like to play with last season, he answered “Kobe Bryant.”
via Lakers will look to acquire Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.

Just to review. We just had a five-month lockout because teams were upset about large market teams acquiring multiple stars, scavenging small markets and leaving them with nothing. And the Los Angeles Lakers and their 17 professional basketball championships are aiming for both Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. Glad we lost those 16 games over this.

There are a large numbrer of reasons why this is unlikely to happen. For starters, Chris Paul reportedly has New York as his first choice. Secondly, the biggest advantage the Lakers have is the a.ssets to trade for Paul which the Knicks don't have. But the new CBA does have one new stipulation to prevent such dealings, the extend-and-trade adjustments. While sign-and-trade restrictions don't take effect until 2013, early reports indicate that extend-and-trade restrictions are immediate. The changes say that the same setup that Carmelo Anthony used to get his way to New York and get the extra year on his deal via Bird Rights is different.

The changes to the CBA suggest that teams that extend-and-trade a player can only extend him for three, versus the maximum four-year extension or five year re-sign he gets for staying with the home team. The only way around that is a six-month waiting period. The Hornets could re-sign Paul to the full Bird rights extension and then trade him, but they would have to wait six months. But a more likely scenario would see the following scenario: the Lakers can trade for Paul in the final year of his contract and then extend him, but that must be done after six months. Which means, they have to acquire him six months prior to his free agency beginning on July 1. Which means they have to acquire him by... January 1. With a season starting on the 25th. Not exactly a lot of time to pull that off.

All of these elements are in place for Dwight Howard, and Deron Williams (should the Nets just give up for some reason) as well.



The most likely scenario involves Paul entering free agency, and then signing a four year contract with Los Angeles or New York. But if the Lakers were to acquire Paul prior to free agency, it would give them an extra year to offer Paul, and it's hard to imagine him passing that up. Max contracts with bird-rights are five years, as opposed to the four-year counting option-year of an extension.

But if the Lakers want to acquire either player (or both, if we like fantasies), then they're going to need to trade some of that core. Specifically, Jim Buss would have to give up on his pet project, Andrew Bynum. Lamar Odom and pieces might be able to acquire Chris Paul, but there's no sense in bringing in Howard and pairing him with Bynum. Either playing power forward would be clunky and awkward. Where this leaves Pau Gasol is yet to be seen.

Hornets fans have to love all this. LOVE IT.

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159 comments for "Lakers Want Both Chris Paul And Dwight Howard"

 6 years ago '10        #2
Trill Livin 65 heat pts65
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fu*k outta here
 6 years ago '05        #3
MysticKJ 28 heat pts28
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damn, is it just me that doesn't feel Bynum for Howard is a fair trade?
 6 years ago '09        #4
TriniSoldier 64 heat pts64
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 P. Dedos said:







nobody cries when the lakers do it tho its all good
we gonna act like either of those players gonna end up in LA tho?
 6 years ago '08        #5
Main Event 55 heat pts55
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 MysticKJ said:
damn, is it just me that doesn't feel Bynum for Howard is a fair trade?
no...
 6 years ago '05        #6
klew 227 heat pts227
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 Universal Mind said:
Same thing I was thinking. Laker fans are gonna welcome this possibility. But talk all the trash in the world when another team gets stacked with a few all-stars.
What's been done cannot be undone. Saying that just the thought of this.




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 6 years ago '06        #7
philly337 20 heat pts20
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Of course they do...Kobe has had the greatest supporting casts around him if any player ever...why not get carried to more chips by other stars

Bet nobody says sit like they did with LeBron even though this is much worse

Don't see it happening though...Dwight will go but doubt cp3
 6 years ago '07        #8
sonof504 3 heat pts
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take the whole Hornets organization while you're at it. fu*k the nba. Creating parity my a.ss.
 6 years ago '05        #9
Dun Language 3971 heat pts3971 OP
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d12, cp3, kb24 hook up watch n*ggas k!ll themselves

 6 years ago '05        #10
astroblack9 4 heat pts
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Who doesnt want 2 of the top players at their position? Why is this news? ...No one's ever wanted something for christmas n never got it? Whats the difference?

How bout we post articles when it says the Lakers are making trades and moves to get both...
 6 years ago '05        #11
ebcrew 2 heat pts
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bwahaha yeah and i wait lebron james and chris bosh...

oh wait
 11-30-2011, 05:50 PM         #12
Cheeze 
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 ChiCity Fingaz said:
How much help does Kobe need?
Another dominant big man in the paint apparently to carry him to more titles

Lakers fans k!ll me with this kind of sh*t
 6 years ago '05        #13
Dun Language 3971 heat pts3971 OP
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 ChiCity Fingaz said:
How much help does Kobe need?
It's called getting a head start before the life after Kobe era
 6 years ago '09        #14
TriniSoldier 64 heat pts64
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 CashNy said:
It's called getting a head start before the life after Kobe era
it's called needing another piggy back ride, he going for round 3.
 11-30-2011, 06:00 PM         #15
youknowmystelo 
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 P. Dedos said:







nobody cries when the lakers do it tho its all good
Who started that pus*y trend?

This is just upping the playing field.
 6 years ago '07        #16
JamcnPrettyboy 96 heat pts96
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no picks, no real trade a.ssets, no cap space.

good luck with that LA
 6 years ago '10        #17
Dextromethorphan 217 heat pts217
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no chance Lakers get either.
 6 years ago '04        #18
Kasssssst 135 heat pts135
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 Dextromethorphan said:
no chance Lakers get either.
No one wants to play in Brooklyn

D-Will is gone and y'all def not getting D12
 6 years ago '10        #19
Dextromethorphan 217 heat pts217
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 Kasssssst said:
No one wants to play in Brooklyn

D-Will is gone and y'all def not getting D12
I could feel your anger.
 6 years ago '04        #20
Kasssssst 135 heat pts135
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 Dextromethorphan said:
I could feel your anger.
Naw I'm not angry, pretty good right now, thinking of getting coffee pretty soon actually
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