Lakers to Obtain Chris Paul in 3-team Trade

Turns out, the Los Angeles Lakers weren't just blowing smoke.

L.A. got a whole lot better with Thursday's news that the team was about to acquire point guard Chris Paul in a three-team deal that also involved the New Orleans Hornets and the Houston Rockets.

Early word is that Pau Gasol is headed to Houston, and Lamar Odom is bound for New Orleans, with other players and/or considerations expected to be involved in the deal once it's finalized and announced.

Sources said on Thursday that those other players included the Rockets' Luis Scola, Kevin Martin and Goran Dragic all going to New Orleans, along with a 2012 first-round pick.

But the Big Three, if you will, are Paul, Gasol and Odom, and on the surface, it looks like the big winner is Los Angeles.

The return of showtime?

With Paul running the point, and Kobe Bryant doing what Kobe Bryant does, the Lakers look more formidable than they have in years. And that's saying a lot for a team that has won two of the past three NBA championships, and reached the finals three of the past four seasons.

I like Gasol's game a lot, but if you watched him closely last season, he seemed to disappear for long stretches at a time. I know a lot of Lakers fans were ready for him to move on, but even if you didn't want to see him go, it's tough to not be excited about getting Paul in return.

And the Lakers might not be done yet. Paul's name wasn't the only one on L.A.'s wish list. The team is known to covet Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, and even with Thursday's deal for Paul, the Lakers were still trying to pull off something that would net them Howard.

Bryant, Paul and Howard? On the same team?

Watch out NBA.


Chris Paul to Lakers

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Updated Thursday, Dec 8, 2011