Chris Paul Trade Rumors: Reworked Lakers Trade Sent to NBA Office for Approval

Kelly Scaletta@@KellyScalettaFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 28:  Guard Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets takes a shot against Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers 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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Several outlets, including Chris Broussard of ESPN, are reporting that a new deal, which would—once again—send Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, has been approved by the original three teams involved.

 & myself have been told by sources that new CP trade btwn LAL, NO & Hou has been submitted to NBA office for approval.

According to Marc Stein, the specific changes aren't known from the original deal, but it is assumed that more youth and/or draft picks will be involved. 

Details of specific changes made to original 3-team framework not immediately known but NBA insisting Hornets get more youth/picks this time

And Hornets GM Dell Demps, who put the original deal together, stated the league had given them permission to resume talks with the more youthful directive

"Yes, we've been given autonomy to make another trade," Hornets general manager Dell Demps told reporters at a news conference Friday night.

"We're back to work and everything is on the tab."

More details should be forthcoming soon, but it is expected that the key players will be the same, with the Lakers shipping Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom and getting the point guard superstar in return.


UPDATE: Not sure what to make of this but Sam Amico tweets

NBA GM tells me he's heard any deal that delivers Chris Paul to LA must also send Andrew Bynum to NO. "But I'm on outside looking in."