Chris Paul Trade Rumors: Lakers and Hornets Working to Complete Blockbuster Deal

Kelly Scaletta@@KellyScalettaFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 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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Yesterday David Stern and the NBA nixed a trade sending New Orleans Hornets superstar Chris Paul to the Los Angles Lakers. The Lakers aren't giving up though according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. According to his tweet

New Orleans, Houston and Lakers are re-engaged in talks to find a new way to complete Chris Paul blockbuster trade, league sources tell Y!

It's possible there doesn't need to be an extreme modification of this trade to get it through. There has been a near universal condemnation from the media in reaction to the use of the veto by David Stern yesterday. 

It is entirely possible that by merely including a second-round draft pick or something, anything, extra the NBA would determine the trade to now be "acceptable." 

Regardless of what happens there will be a bitter pill for someone to swallow. On the other side of the equation is the fact that while the trade is perfectly fine this does have the worst possible timing. 

That this trade literally happened on the day as the new CBA, which was supposedly going to solve the issues of competitive balance and small market teams keeping their superstars, was not a promising start. 

There is nothing to be done though. No matter how he might like to, Gilbert can't simply legislate that stars can't want to go to to the Lakers. 

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Bottom line, this trade looks like it's going to get done. 


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