Source: Los Angeles Lakers Close to Acquiring Chris Paul in 3-Team Deal

Anthony RizzutiSenior Analyst IIIDecember 8, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 28:  Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets walks off the court after a 98-80 loss as Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles after winning the series in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2011 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Adrian Wojnarowski of YahooSports.com is reporting that the Hornets are close to trading point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers in a three-team deal involving Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.

The proposed deal would have Paul going to Los Angeles, Gasol to Houston and Odom, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, and Goran Dragic to New Orleans.

Wojnarowski stated in his Twitter account that the New Orleans Hornets have begun to inform other teams that they are trading Paul to Los Angeles. These teams may include the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors.

An earlier report had Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom going to New Orleans in exchange for the All-Star point guard.

In addition to the Lakers possibly acquiring Paul, they are also considered one of the favorites for Orlando's Dwight Howard. Now that these reports have Gasol and Odom off to New Orleans, the Lakers would have to use Andrew Bynum to reel in Howard from the Magic.

If Paul is traded to Los Angeles, he would join Kobe Bryant in Mike Brown's backcourt. The Lakers point guards would include Paul, Derek Fisher and Steve Blake.