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Re: Mark Heisler: Lakers Will Look to Acquire Dwight AND CP3

Postby The Laker Link on Sat Dec 03, 2011 10:21 am

Yannis Koutroupis – 12/02/2011 6:47am EST

A source close to Los Angeles Lakers Center Andrew Bynum has been predicting that he would end up being traded to Orlando Magic for months now and reiterated that sentiment to HOOPSWORLD today. The belief is based off the assumption that the Magic are eventually going to be willing to trade All-Star center Dwight Howard.

For the first time in three summers, Bynum was healthy and spent the prolonged offseason preparing himself for what should be the best year of his career. The source classified Bynum as “indifferent” to all the trade talk and willing to play wherever. This is the third time he’s been rumored to be the centerpiece of a package for an All-Star, previously being involved in discussions for Kevin Garnett and Jason Kidd.

The source also spoke highly regarding how good of a fit Bynum would be in Orlando, stating that it’s his time to be the man. Bynum voiced the desire to be more of a featured option at the conclusion of last season, but it’s going to be hard for that to happen as long as Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant are still Lakers.

The Howard saga is still in its early stages, but should start to speed up once he notifies Orlando that he is unwilling to sign an extension.
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Re: Mark Heisler: Lakers Will Look to Acquire Dwight AND CP3

Postby Lakerjones on Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:19 am

^^ Gumbygold (source)?
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Re: Mark Heisler: Lakers Will Look to Acquire Dwight AND CP3

Postby revgen on Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:58 am

Yannis Koutroupis is a beat reporter who covers the San Antonio Spurs. He's not LA based. I'm curious as to where his source came from.
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Re: Mark Heisler: Lakers Will Look to Acquire Dwight AND CP3

Postby Rooscooter on Sat Dec 03, 2011 3:49 pm

revgen wrote:Yannis Koutroupis is a beat reporter who covers the San Antonio Spurs. He's not LA based. I'm curious as to where his source came from.


Does Andrew work out with any of the Spurs in the offseason?
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Re: Mark Heisler: Lakers Will Look to Acquire Dwight AND CP3

Postby last stand on Sat Dec 03, 2011 3:52 pm

well sources can come from anywhere. you would like to hope as a journalist he follows ehtical practices and doesn't make stuff up
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Re: Mark Heisler: Lakers Will Look to Acquire Dwight AND CP3

Postby Rooscooter on Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:00 pm

last stand wrote:well sources can come from anywhere. you would like to hope as a journalist he follows ehtical practices and doesn't make stuff up


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Re: Mark Heisler: Lakers Will Look to Acquire Dwight AND CP3

Postby last stand on Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:21 pm

its the truth but you would still like to hope. especially since i'm an aspiring journalist. i mean you would like to always expect the best in people
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Re: Mark Heisler: Lakers Will Look to Acquire Dwight AND CP3

Postby Rooscooter on Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:51 pm

last stand wrote:its the truth but you would still like to hope. especially since i'm an aspiring journalist. i mean you would like to always expect the best in people


No doubt..... most of the people lying in Journalism aren't real journalists anyway..... most are personalities that take on the moniker for legitimization.
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Re: Mark Heisler: Lakers Will Look to Acquire Dwight AND CP3

Postby TheBrownMamba on Sat Dec 03, 2011 10:33 pm

A source close to Los Angeles Lakers Center Andrew Bynum has been predicting that he would end up being traded to Orlando Magic for months now and reiterated that sentiment to HOOPSWORLD today. The belief is based off the assumption that the Magic are eventually going to be willing to trade All-Star center Dwight Howard. HoopsWorld

The source also spoke highly regarding how good of a fit Bynum would be in Orlando, stating that it’s his time to be the man. Bynum voiced the desire to be more of a featured option at the conclusion of last season, but it’s going to be hard for that to happen as long as Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant are still Lakers. HoopsWorld

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Re: Mark Heisler: Lakers Will Look to Acquire Dwight AND CP3

Postby TheBrownMamba on Sat Dec 03, 2011 10:41 pm

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Re: Mark Heisler: Lakers Will Look to Acquire Dwight AND CP3

Postby Lakeshow24 on Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:54 am

This just in! The Lakers are looking to acquire THE LORD. 'Cause that's what it's gonna take to land Dwight AND CP3.
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Re: Mark Heisler: Lakers Will Look to Acquire Dwight AND CP3

Postby 24fanyes on Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:07 pm

man we are team is fine. enough with the howard talk.

Pau will own him all day
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Re: Mark Heisler: Lakers Will Look to Acquire Dwight AND CP3

Postby XXIV on Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:15 pm

24fanyes wrote:man we are team is fine. enough with the howard talk.

Pau will own him all day


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Re: Mark Heisler: Lakers Will Look to Acquire Dwight AND CP3

Postby air_bryant08 on Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:42 am

24fanyes wrote:man we are team is fine. enough with the howard talk.

Pau will own him all day


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Y! Sports: Race to trade Drew for CP3 or Supes

Postby DMoNeY on Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:22 pm

When Dell Demps was hired as the New Orleans Hornets general manager, his plane landed at the city’s airport in the summer of 2010, and he stepped into the terminal with his bags, folders and the thrill of running his own franchise. He walked into the gate area, peered toward a television and squinted his eyes to read the bottom scroll on the screen. Chris Paul(notes) wants a trade, it read.

“Welcome to New Orleans,” Demps would tell himself.

For everything he’s done to try to make Paul want to stay with the Hornets, Demps has always understood it was the most improbable resolution. The Hornets had no owner, no second star and no leverage to push back the momentum of other superstar players fleeing small markets for the bright lights, big city. The owners have made it more costly in the new collective bargaining talks for stars to leave, but the NBA can’t stop the magnet to the metropolises, and never will.

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So Demps made the call on Wednesday to Paul’s agent, and there was no surprise: He was told that Paul wouldn’t be signing a new contract with the Hornets, that New York was his preferred destination and that ultimately a trade benefitted everyone. Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith is still awaiting confirmation from Dwight Howard(notes) that this will be Howard’s exit strategy, too. Demps never had a chance with Paul. The Hornets have payroll constraints, an archaic arena and literally no ownership. Smith had every chance: a committed owner, a league-high payroll and a sparking new arena.

In a lot of ways, the Hornets and Orlando Magic are in a race to make a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers for Paul and Howard. They’re running so many scenarios across the big boards in their offices, but make no mistake: Los Angeles is the port that can entice Paul and Howard to sign extensions, with the one player – young center Andrew Bynum(notes) – as a centerpiece that can justify the trade.

[ Video: Are Chris Paul and Dwight Howard on the move? ]

The Lakers and Hornets talked several days ago, league sources told Yahoo! Sports, but it was one of those circuitous conversations that left the sides unclear what it would take to get a deal done, and the talk ended with no formal offers. The Lakers and Hornets expect to speak again this week, sources said. The prospect of Pau Gasol(notes) as the primary player going to the Hornets won’t be acceptable, sources said. The Lakers will ultimately be willing to let New Orleans pick its player in the deal – Bynum or Gasol – but New Orleans is determined to get quality, and quantity, in a deal.

Bynum has privately been heard to say this offseason that he wants his own team, and the chances of him getting that – in New Orleans or Orlando – have never been higher. Years ago, Kobe Bryant(notes) wanted Bynum moved for Jason Kidd(notes), but Bryant’s been insistent all summer that he still believes in this core, isn’t interested in wholesale change.

Bryant isn’t anti-Dwight Howard, but he could see like everyone else: The Lakers need speed, athleticism and younger legs on the perimeter. Los Angeles could do little to stop Paul in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, and that’ll only became a deeper issue this season and beyond. Nevertheless, through trades they’ve made and not made, through the hiring of their new coach, the Lakers have made it clear they don’t go to Bryant for his blessing.

In a shortened season, significant change can be risky, but it’s hard to believe these Lakers don’t need some boldness to become champions again. The Lakers could still revisit Lamar Odom(notes) for Andre Iguodala(notes), which would give them a superior athletic wing presence to make defending easier for Bryant and Ron Artest(notes).

For now, it is Paul on the market. Howard’s on deck. The New Jersey Nets will have a package of Brook Lopez(notes) and picks available for the Magic, enticing Howard with Deron Williams(notes) and a new Brooklyn arena to call his own. What’s more, the Chicago Bulls are still a sleeper for Howard, several league executives believe. “Chicago may tell Orlando to take any two players – or three – besides [Derrick] Rose,” one GM said. Howard isn’t keen on the cold weather, but the Bulls would have the best point guard-center combination since Magic and Kareem.

The Bulls have Omar Asik developing fast as a potential replacement for Joakim Noah(notes) should the Bulls include Noah in a package. Noah would have to be a part of it, but would a combination of Noah and Luol Deng(notes) or Carlos Boozer(notes) – bringing back Howard and one of those bad Orlando contracts – be enough? The Magic need a force to replace Howard, an anchor.

The NBA and Players Association still haven’t signed the new labor agreement, and the league has still reset to where it was before the lockout. Another year, another hostage standoff. Feel free to gripe over the small markets losing star players, but the NBA has no one to blame but itself for Paul wanting to leave. He’s been immersed in that community, and desperately wanted it to work there. He’s a small-town North Carolina kid, but he’s been honest about it. New Orleans will make the deal that the Cleveland Cavaliers never had the notice to make for themselves.

During LeBron James’(notes) last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cavs had incredible fear he would leave as a free agent. They had no choice but to privately discuss the possibility of getting an unprecedented package for trading him. Yet, it didn’t take long to internally decide that even if he did plan to leave, Cavs officials didn’t want to be remembered as the management team who traded LeBron James away.

Even if the Cavs had painfully accurate information on his plans to exit, they still couldn’t do it. After all, James could’ve simply said, “Hey, I was never going to leave. They traded me.” And he would’ve been out of harm’s way forever in Cleveland. Carmelo Anthony(notes) made the Denver Nuggets’ life miserable after his trade demand, because his bad practice and shooting habits became worse a year ago. That was a long four months in Denver, and the Nuggets couldn’t wait until he walked out the door to the Knicks.

With Paul, that won’t happen in New Orleans. The Hornets don’t want a long soap-opera season, and that’s why Demps won’t waste time trying to sell Paul on staying until the trade deadline. Paul will probably let Demps know his intentions face-to-face, possibly as soon as Monday, and the GM will be right back on the phone searching out a deal. It probably won’t be long until Howard makes himself completely clear too: Get me out, send me West.

In the end, the Magic and Hornets will be searching for teams that can satisfy Paul’s and Howard’s desire for a championship contender, and that list is painfully short when you consider those with the players and assets to fulfill the return on the trade. It won’t be New York, but 3,000 miles away, in Los Angeles, where the Lakers are forever searching for a twentysomething star to be the next in line, where the race to trade Chris Paul and Dwight Howard for a package centered around Andrew Bynum has all but officially started.

http://hoopshype.com/rumors.htm[url][/url]

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They also talk about the possibility of landing Dwight Howard as well, but it might be tougher to get him if Bynum is the guy being used to get Chris Paul. Also, we haven't heard if Chris Paul even wants to play with the Lakers, but there is no question that the Lakers need a PG immediately.

I think Dwight Howard makes more sense at this moment because he is the best big man in the NBA today, and the Lakers can try to get Jameer Nelson (an upgrade from what we have) included in the deal.

The Lakers surely need to focus on getting some young legs and athleticism by looking at some mid level free agents such as Glen Davis, Caron Butler, and look into guys who will be cut by their teams (amnesty).
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Re: Lakers Active For Trades

Postby FabFourLakers on Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:30 pm

I dunno if I would trade Bynum for Chris Paul...pau Gasol for chris paul i would do. Also, we need Bynum for any potential Dwight Howard deal...as the Magic will NOT take Pau Gasol for Dwight.
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Re: Lakers Active For Trades

Postby Center Court on Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:31 pm

I think the whole Shaq to LA thing will make it hard for Orlando to stomach trading Howard here.

When it comes down to it, everyone knows Dwight want's to be in LA. But, Brookyln is going to make a strong pitch.

NO, though I can see as very interested in a Bynum for Paul deal. Not sure if we are.

Let's say hypothetically, Bynum for Paul.

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We are probably a better cohesive unit, but a lot smaller.

On the other hand, it'd probably take Bynum and Odom/Gasol for Dwight.
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Re: Lakers Active For Trades

Postby TheBrownMamba on Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:34 pm

Bynum is our only enforcer, we lose him for Paul, well, we saw how we got bullied in 08. Howard is the best man for the Lakers
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Re: Lakers Active For Trades

Postby XXIV on Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:34 pm

Was just about to post this, but it will be very interesting to see how these two situations play out. On one hand Chris Paul is almost certain to leave NO. They have no owner, no plan, and seems like no future. Dwight however hasn't been as clear with his intentions which makes the situation even more dangerous for Orlando. Do they take a risk and keep him hoping he signs the extension, or do they trade him now to at least get something back in return.

One reason why Dwight to LA seems to be the ideal situation for the Magic is because of our ability to take in one of their bad contracts, which would most likely be Hedo. If the trade were to be Bynum+Odom for Howard+Hedo, the Magic would get rid of their bad contracts (Hedo in a trade, amnesty Arenas) and receive two expiring contracts if they choose not to exercise their options.

Either way December 9th is beginning to become increasingly more interesting.
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Re: Lakers Active For Trades

Postby The Laker Link on Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:54 pm

Chris Paul and Iggy? That would be nice. Keep Pau and find a nice center somewhere or something.

Maybe it wouldn't be ideal but I bet it would work out enough for the future and now. Just need to pick up some forwards and centers, unless we can get some little guys in the trades to help out too.

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Re: Lakers Active For Trades

Postby last stand on Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:13 pm

IMO you never trade big for small

especially for a small that has a really bad knee at 25 years old. save bynum for howard
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Yahoo: Dwight & CP3 on race to LA (Bynum wants his own team)

Postby Jordan-esque on Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:22 pm

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When Dell Demps was hired as the New Orleans Hornets general manager, his plane landed at the city’s airport in the summer of 2010, and he stepped into the terminal with his bags, folders and the thrill of running his own franchise. He walked into the gate area, peered toward a television and squinted his eyes to read the bottom scroll on the screen. Chris Paul(notes) wants a trade, it read.

“Welcome to New Orleans,” Demps would tell himself.

For everything he’s done to try to make Paul want to stay with the Hornets, Demps has always understood it was the most improbable resolution. The Hornets had no owner, no second star and no leverage to push back the momentum of other superstar players fleeing small markets for the bright lights, big city. The owners have made it more costly in the new collective bargaining talks for stars to leave, but the NBA can’t stop the magnet to the metropolises, and never will.

More From Adrian Wojnarowski:
- Lakers bring in Jason Kapono for visit - Dec 5, 2011
- Heat lead chase for Battier - Dec 3, 2011

So Demps made the call on Wednesday to Paul’s agent, and there was no surprise: He was told that Paul wouldn’t be signing a new contract with the Hornets, that New York was his preferred destination and that ultimately a trade benefitted everyone. Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith is still awaiting confirmation from Dwight Howard(notes) that this will be Howard’s exit strategy, too. Demps never had a chance with Paul. The Hornets have payroll constraints, an archaic arena and literally no ownership. Smith had every chance: a committed owner, a league-high payroll and a sparking new arena.

In a lot of ways, the Hornets and Orlando Magic are in a race to make a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers for Paul and Howard. They’re running so many scenarios across the big boards in their offices, but make no mistake: Los Angeles is the port that can entice Paul and Howard to sign extensions, with the one player – young center Andrew Bynum(notes) – as a centerpiece that can justify the trade.

[ Video: Are Chris Paul and Dwight Howard on the move? ]

The Lakers and Hornets talked several days ago, league sources told Yahoo! Sports, but it was one of those circuitous conversations that left the sides unclear what it would take to get a deal done, and the talk ended with no formal offers. The Lakers and Hornets expect to speak again this week, sources said. The prospect of Pau Gasol(notes) as the primary player going to the Hornets won’t be acceptable, sources said. The Lakers will ultimately be willing to let New Orleans pick its player in the deal – Bynum or Gasol – but New Orleans is determined to get quality, and quantity, in a deal.

Bynum has privately been heard to say this offseason that he wants his own team, and the chances of him getting that – in New Orleans or Orlando – have never been higher. Years ago, Kobe Bryant(notes) wanted Bynum moved for Jason Kidd(notes), but Bryant’s been insistent all summer that he still believes in this core, isn’t interested in wholesale change.

Bryant isn’t anti-Dwight Howard, but he could see like everyone else: The Lakers need speed, athleticism and younger legs on the perimeter. Los Angeles could do little to stop Paul in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, and that’ll only became a deeper issue this season and beyond. Nevertheless, through trades they’ve made and not made, through the hiring of their new coach, the Lakers have made it clear they don’t go to Bryant for his blessing.

In a shortened season, significant change can be risky, but it’s hard to believe these Lakers don’t need some boldness to become champions again. The Lakers could still revisit Lamar Odom(notes) for Andre Iguodala(notes), which would give them a superior athletic wing presence to make defending easier for Bryant and Ron Artest(notes).

For now, it is Paul on the market. Howard’s on deck. The New Jersey Nets will have a package of Brook Lopez(notes) and picks available for the Magic, enticing Howard with Deron Williams(notes) and a new Brooklyn arena to call his own. What’s more, the Chicago Bulls are still a sleeper for Howard, several league executives believe. “Chicago may tell Orlando to take any two players – or three – besides [Derrick] Rose,” one GM said. Howard isn’t keen on the cold weather, but the Bulls would have the best point guard-center combination since Magic and Kareem.

The Bulls have Omar Asik developing fast as a potential replacement for Joakim Noah(notes) should the Bulls include Noah in a package. Noah would have to be a part of it, but would a combination of Noah and Luol Deng(notes) or Carlos Boozer(notes) – bringing back Howard and one of those bad Orlando contracts – be enough? The Magic need a force to replace Howard, an anchor.

The NBA and Players Association still haven’t signed the new labor agreement, and the league has still reset to where it was before the lockout. Another year, another hostage standoff. Feel free to gripe over the small markets losing star players, but the NBA has no one to blame but itself for Paul wanting to leave. He’s been immersed in that community, and desperately wanted it to work there. He’s a small-town North Carolina kid, but he’s been honest about it. New Orleans will make the deal that the Cleveland Cavaliers never had the notice to make for themselves.

During LeBron James’(notes) last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cavs had incredible fear he would leave as a free agent. They had no choice but to privately discuss the possibility of getting an unprecedented package for trading him. Yet, it didn’t take long to internally decide that even if he did plan to leave, Cavs officials didn’t want to be remembered as the management team who traded LeBron James away.

Even if the Cavs had painfully accurate information on his plans to exit, they still couldn’t do it. After all, James could’ve simply said, “Hey, I was never going to leave. They traded me.” And he would’ve been out of harm’s way forever in Cleveland. Carmelo Anthony(notes) made the Denver Nuggets’ life miserable after his trade demand, because his bad practice and shooting habits became worse a year ago. That was a long four months in Denver, and the Nuggets couldn’t wait until he walked out the door to the Knicks.

With Paul, that won’t happen in New Orleans. The Hornets don’t want a long soap-opera season, and that’s why Demps won’t waste time trying to sell Paul on staying until the trade deadline. Paul will probably let Demps know his intentions face-to-face, possibly as soon as Monday, and the GM will be right back on the phone searching out a deal. It probably won’t be long until Howard makes himself completely clear too: Get me out, send me West.

In the end, the Magic and Hornets will be searching for teams that can satisfy Paul’s and Howard’s desire for a championship contender, and that list is painfully short when you consider those with the players and assets to fulfill the return on the trade. It won’t be New York, but 3,000 miles away, in Los Angeles, where the Lakers are forever searching for a twentysomething star to be the next in line, where the race to trade Chris Paul and Dwight Howard for a package centered around Andrew Bynum has all but officially started.
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Re: Woj: Dwight and CP3 on race to LA (Bynum wants own team)

Postby therealdeal on Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:30 pm

Interesting read. I really hope the Lakers don't end up moving Bynum for Paul. You can't give up your size that way unless you know for a fact that Pau for Dwight is feasible.
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Re: Yahoo: Dwight & CP3 on race to LA (Bynum wants his own team)

Postby abeer3 on Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:31 pm

say howard isn't available.

does bynum/odom/blake for cp/okafor do something for both teams? i think so.

i still prefer howard, though. and both is impossible, imo.
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Re: Yahoo: Dwight & CP3 on race to LA (Bynum wants his own team)

Postby DMoNeY on Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:32 pm

Sorry I already posted this:

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