Earlier this week a three team trade between the Houston Rockets, New Orleans Hornets and Los Angeles Lakers where the Lakers would land Chris Paul, was nullified by NBA commissioner David Stern. After multiple complaints from league owners, including Dan Gilbert (who has acted like a little girl since LeBron left) stating that the main goal of the lockout was to disallow trades like this where a small market team is being forced to trade their superstar to a bigger market per the the players request. The Lakers have since re-submitted a trade for Paul, and then rescinded that offer yesterday making it seem like they will now target Magic center Dwight Howard.
Today, the Lakers made an eye-opening trade with the Dallas Mavericks, giving them forward Lamar Odom, last year’s Sixth Man of the Year, for an $8.9 million trade exception and a protected first round pick. If anything, the trade shows that the Lakers are trying to clear some cap space. Could this mean that a big time player is on the way to L.A.? Dwight Howard maybe? It looks almost certain that one superstar will be landing in L.A. shortly and its not for the Lakers. That’s right, it looks like Chris Paul will be a member of the Clippers. Nothing is official yet, but things are definitely leaning towards that direction right now.
One piece of news that is quite intriguing about this whole situation is the Lakers’ current star, Kobe Bryant’s take on the Odom trade. He was extremely upset about the whole situation. Lamar and him had a great relationship on and off the court and Kobe really respected his game. Here are some of the comments from the L.A. Times showing Kobe’s frustration with the deal:
“I don’t like it, to be honest with you. I don’t like it. You’re talking about the sixth man of the year last year, I mean, he played lights out. I don’t understand the criticism of reality shows and this, that and the other. I don’t get it. I don’t understand it. He had his best season last season. It clearly wasn’t a distraction. He played his ass off. I don’t get where that comes from. Now I’m getting pissed off.” (quotes from Andy Kamenetzky, ESPN Los Angeles)
Reports have come out in the last couple of hours that Lamar Odom requested a trade from the Lakers, but they haven’t been confirmed or denied by anyone yet.
*Again, the quotes from Kobe Bryant are not mine, I am simply using them for the purpose of helping this post. The quotes come from ESPN Los Angeles’ Andy Kamenetzky’s article which can be viewed here: http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/24304/kobe-bryant-is-unhappy-to-see-lamar-odom-traded