Update: After putting the deal on hold, it looks like the NBA, which owns the Hornets, just killed the deal. For now anyway.
That having been said, the action moved up the 5 Freeway from Anaheim to downtown L.A on Thursday. For a while there, things were apparently changing forever in the land of Forum Blue & Gold: Chris Paul almost became a Laker, giving the team their first dominant point guard since…Magic?
Just a couple problems if the deal really does go through: (1) Who’s the new power forward? Derrick Caracter? Kenyon Martin? Look! Vlad Rad and Kwame Brown are available!!! (2) The other obvious move in Mitch Kupchak’s playbook is to make a run at one Dwight Howard, who wants out of Orlando. Just one thing: with both Pau and Lamar gone, what would the Lakers have to offer besides ‘Drew Bynum?
We’re guessing the Magic, anchored by Jameer Nelson, aren’t exactly going to be drooling over the Lakers suddenly-available point guard tandem of Fish and Steve Blake. Perhaps they’d like to give World Peace a chance.
Oh, and by the way, the league’s former ultimate laughingstock just added a fourth potential all-star to their lineup with former Laker Caron Butler now officially suiting up down the hall in Staples Center.
Stay tuned. It’s beginning to look a lot like pre-Christmas mayhem at Staples.