Chris Paul to Lakers: Landing Emeka Okafor Would Be Icing on the Cake for L.A.

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2011

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 13:  Emeka Okafor #50, Peja Stojakovic #16 and Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets talk on the bench during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the New Orleans Arena on November 13, 2009 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 Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Chris Paul is reportedly going to the what’s next for the purple and gold?

Before fans starting dreaming about adding Dwight Howard in a trade for Andrew Bynum, they may not need to do anything. LA Times reporter Mike Bresnahan is reporting that Emeka Okafor is potentially the other forward involved in this blockbuster three-team deal.


The Lakers have been very high on Bynum for years and still believe he can turn into an All-Star, a fair assumption considering he’s only 23 and just came off a year where he averaged 11.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and two blocks a game. He is one of the few true centers left in the league and is younger than a certain center who plays in Orlando.

Combing Okafor with Bynum would form one of the best defensive front lines in basketball. The sheer size and muscle of the two would be intimidating to any opponent.

Okafor would be the only teammate CP3 feels comfortable with right off the bat, and a plethora of alley-oops will follow. Okafor doesn’t care about scoring, he’s a “glue guy” that is good for team chemistry and is willing to get a floor burn in order to retrieve a loose ball.

The Lakers are quickly turning into the Miami Heat of the west. That formula doesn’t work. Look no further than the Red Sox or Philadelphia Eagles for more evidence. That’s why the Heat are going to sign Shane Battier. They need a guy who is willing to dive for loose balls and take charges.

Okafor is that glue guy.

If indeed the Lakers secure Okafor in the trade for Paul, this trade goes from a great deal for LA to highway robbery.

Should we just pencil in a Laker-Heat final right now?

Assuming Okafor is included in this trade, there is no reason to trade for Howard. The Okafor-Bynum combo is even deadlier. 

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