Sources: Paul Trade Being Reconstructed
The New Orleans Hornets, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers are pushing toward completing the reconstructed framework of a trade that could make Chris Paul the Lakers point guard this weekend, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
After the NBA office furnished New Orleans general manager Dell Demps with fresh directives on the kind of deal it would take to get approval from the league, Demps re-engaged the Lakers and Rockets in talks early Friday afternoon that carried deep into the evening, sources said. The three teams agreed to reconvene Saturday morning and believed they were within striking distance of a deal Demps could take to the league for its blessing.
Several of the key deal elements remain the same of the version that Stern nixed Thursday, including Pau Gasol going to the Rockets and Lamar Odom to the Hornets. The NBA wants the Hornets to receive more young players and draft picks.
“We’re still working through it all,” one official with knowledge of the negotiations told Y! Sports.