Here we go again. The deal that was dead, is seemingly back to life with the Lakers, Hornets, and Rockets re-engaged in talks to try and find an alternative to the vetoed deal that the NBA won’t be able to nix. From an ESPN report:
The New Orleans Hornets’ three-team trade with the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets that would land Chris Paul in L.A. has been resubmitted to the league office for approval, according to sources close to the talks.
The specific changes to the original trade scenario were not immediately available, but sources told ESPN.com that a reconfigured trade has been presented by the league-owned Hornets to NBA commissioner David Stern in hopes that he’ll approve this construction after vetoing Thursday’s trade in principle.
At this point, it’s not confirmed what changes would be made but the perception is that if the Lakers were to take on more salary in the trade while giving up a combination of young players (Ebanks and/or Caracter) and draft picks may give the NBA – in their position as Hornets owners – enough of what they’d want to sign off on the deal.
(As an aside, I don’t see how the Lakers taking on more salary matters in any way to the NBA – L.A. too should be allowed to make trades that reduce their payroll commitments. After all, with increased revenue sharing means the Lakers will be handing over boatloads of cash to the rest of the league, why should they also have to take on salary in trades that will only boost their luxury tax payments back to the NBA as well. But, I digress.)
We’ll track the action throughout the day, but use this thread to talk everything the potential of Paul coming to the Lakers.