The Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Hornets announced they made a trade. Power Forward Pau Gasol and Small Forward Lamar Odom will be sent to New Orleans in exchange for Chris Paul. Pau Gasol was an all star the last two years with Los Angeles and Lamar Odom won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award last season. Chris Paul is also an all star and considered one of the top 3 point guards in the game. He was also a teammate with Kobe Bryant on the Western Conference ALL STAR TEAM, as well as they have both represented United States in the Olympics and won a Gold Medal. Rumors continue to float around that Los Angeles is still actively pursuing a trade to obtain Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard in exchange for Andrew Bynum and other players and draft picks. The Lakers will now look to fill the void left by Gasol and Odom but in return came a great player in Paul. Also we have been hearing that Free Agent SHANNON BROWN will be leaving the team and optioned to play for the Phoenix Suns for a 1 year, $3.5 Million deal. Welcome to Los Angeles CP3!
*UPDATE – The NBA has just BLOCKED this trade due to complaints by NBA Owners. The Owners called NBA Commissioner David Stern and demanded Stern to VETO the deal. The New Orleans Hornets are currently owned by the NBA and the Owners felt it was unfair to trade Chris Paul to the Lakers. Chris Paul has already asked the team to be traded months before and the team was negotiating for months about who is worth equal value. Once the trade has been announced, it is rumored that Chris Paul was very happy. And once the rumor was announced that the trade was BLOCKED, Chris Paul has already seeked legal action with The NBA Players Association (and Union) on how this trade was blocked. Usually trades only get blocked due to a clear one sided advantage. This was not the case due to the Lakers trading both ALL STAR F Pau Gasol and 2011 Sixth Man Of The Year Lamar Odom. We will keep you updated on the trade as it progresses!
**UPDATE – The NBA Players Union have contacted the NBA on behalf of Chris Paul. If there is NOT a trade by Monday, The NBA Players Union will discuss possibly suing the NBA for blocking a trade after it became agreed upon by all 3 teams. It has been rumored that Chris Paul will get traded this weekend, most likely to the LAKERS in an updated trade which will look similar to the original trade, involving The Lakers, The Hornets and The Rockets. Once again we will keep you posted on the updates!