NBA Trade Rumors: How Chris Paul Would Impact the Los Angeles Lakers

Jon StarSenior Writer IJuly 23, 2010

NBA Trade Rumors: How Chris Paul Would Impact the Los Angeles Lakers

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    OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 27:  Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets in action during their game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on January 27, 2010 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by do
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    New Orleans Hornets' star point guard Chris Paul will meet with his front office to discuss his future with the team and voice his desire to be traded. One of the teams atop his list of places he would like to go is the Lakers. And why not?

    The Lakers are the two-time defending NBA champions, they have the game's best player, and they have all the pieces to make a title run even without Paul.

    Paul, however, would be a enormous addition to a team that already appears to need little help defending its title. There is no doubt Paul could fit on the roster (though it may take financial footwork), but how does the roster shape up should the point guard head west?

Derek Fisher

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Steve Blake

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    The Lakers signed Blake to serve as Fisher's backup.  Bringing Paul would likely not change his role too much.   The Lakers used their mid-level exception very wisely with addition of Steve Blake. The veteran point guard not only fills a need on the depth chart, but he is also a smart ball handler, strong defender, and quality perimeter shooter. 

    The Lakers could be more apt to use Fisher as the backup should they sign Paul. Either way, Fisher and Blake would battle for playing time.

Kobe Bryant

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Sasha Vujacic

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Luke Walton

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Ron Artest

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Andrew Bynum

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Pau Gasol

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Lamar Odom

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Theo Ratliff

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Matt Barnes

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Phil Jackson

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    And then there is how Paul would fit into Phil Jackson's triangle offense.  Kobe has been the crux of the triangle offense, working with Gasol and Bynum.  That doesn't leave much room for an All-Star point guard used to having the ball in his hand a high percentage of each possession. 

    That's not to say the Lakers couldn't work with Paul, because if anyone is going to fit one of the league's best point guards into a system, it's Phil Jackson.

    It would not be an ideal fit, and it may not even work smoothly at first, but Paul would be a positive addition to the already formidable Lakers, regardless of how he transitions into the triangle offense.