Lakers may have just gotten better. And in theory they still have a few pieces to offer for Dwight Howard too. That's not good.
The Los Angeles Lakers have reached an agreement in principle to acquire All-Star point guard Chris Paul in a three-team trade that will cost them Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Lakers are finalizing the trade with the New Orleans Hornets and Houston Rockets. Under terms of the proposed deal, the Lakers would send Gasol to the Rockets. The Hornets would receive Odom, Rockets guards Kevin Martin and Goran Dragic and forward Luis Scola, league sources said. "It’s not finalized, but we’re close," one front-office official involved in the negotiations said. The Hornets will receive a draft pick from the Rockets as part of the package for Paul.
Well, at least Rondo is sticking around (for now). We'll see how he feels about all this tomorrow.
This kind of reminds me of two other situations. The Red Sox pursuit of ARod and the Celtics failing to get the top pick of the lottery in '07. Both worked out well in the end, ...so there's that.
The Celtics did trade for a point guard too. Welcome to the Celtics Kenyon Dooling.