NBA Trade Rumors: Chris Paul to Lakers Is a Memphis Sequel, Circa 2010

There’s a bold move out there for the Los Angles Lakers and don’t be surprised if Lakers’ owner Dr. Jerry Buss and his general manager, Mitch Kupchak, pull the trigger.

Chris Paul will be traded from the New Orleans Hornets.

Just this past weekend, as reported by Mark Medina of the L.A. Times blog, Paul said at the wedding of Carmelo Anthony that he wanted out of New Orleans. Same thing that Ken Berger of reported as well. It's all out of the bag.

Paul won't play another game in New Orleans, and will demand a trade.

The only question is, where?

While the rest of the league talks of New York, Miami, or even Orlando for Paul, the Lakers have a sequel to perform.

This is all about the Memphis Grizzles’ Playbook, Part II. New Orleans is a repeat of Memphis, circa 2010. 

The Hornets are a small market, cash strapped team with an owner, George Shinn, who comes close to be mentioned in the same breath as Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. I won’t mention what is said in that breath. The Hornets are ripe for the picking, and the Lakers are ready to pounce.

Like the Pau Gasol steal of 2008, it all comes down to money and players, and the Lakers have both.

The deal to structure is actually easy. The only key is not to sacrifice Andrew Bynum.

That's because Bynum is the future for the Lakers. To part with him without another player of equal talent and height, would be a mistake. But the Lakers didn’t make that one in the past and won’t again here. They’ll get Paul without losing Bynum.

The trade rumor breaks down like this:

Lamar Odom, Sasha Vujacic, and their contracts for Chris Paul. While the loss of Odom would hurt, it is well worth the move to get the superstar Paul. If the ledger doesn't balance with just these Lakers players, they can add in newly acquir...

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