Mark Heisler was the first to tell you this was a possibility nearly two weeks ago. Now, it appears it is happening.
Multiple news outlets are reporting that the Lakers, Rockets and Hornets have agreed to a three-way deal sending Chris Paul to the Lakers.
New Orleans will receive Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic and the New York Knicks’ first-round draft pick in 2012. The Rockets are getting Pau Gasol from the Lakers. There could be other pieces in this deal, too, but we won’t know all of them for certain until 2 p.m. EST, tomorrow when the league officially reopens for business.
Now, it’s a matter of whether Andrew Bynum and a couple of first-round draft picks will be enough to get Dwight Howard from Orlando.
As for the Hornets, I’d say general manager Dell Demps did quite well, given the circumstances.