Caught in the Web: Reaction to Chris Paul's interest in the Lakers
--The Times' Broderick Turner reports that Josh Powell is expected to join the Atlanta Hawks.
--True Hoop's Henry Abbott takes Magic Johnson to task for his proclamation that he wouldn't have tried to join a super team.
--NBA.com's David Aldridge reports that Powell will go to the Hawks on a one-year deal for the veterans minimum of $992,680
--CBS Sports.com's Ken Berger reports that New Orleans guard Chris Paul wants to be traded to the Lakers, Knicks or Magic.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding gives his take on Kobe Bryant's popularity and high earnings.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky gives his thoughts on what Paul would bring to the Lakers.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin has details on Powell's likely departure.
--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears believes that Lamar Odom may play at center during the FIBA World Championships.
--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen predicts that Odom will get plenty of playing time in the middle for Team USA.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell breaks down how Pau Gasol will match up
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius argues that money and availability of minutes will significantly influence whether the Lakers make any other free-agent acquisitions.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Gil Meriken gives his player report card on Luke Walton.
Tweet of the Day: "Another thing - if Kobe dominates the ball and paul dominates the ball and the coaches want pau to dominate the ball inside - 3 balls?" -- EricPincus (Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus)
Reader Comment of the Day: "This is actually a pretty complex situation. And the more I think about it, the more I think it's a more of preference. For one, it's a preference of style. Do you want the Lakers to be a more offensive team, or a more defensive team? With Bynum we get better defense. Rebounds and blocks, and a big presence in the paint that limits the movement of the ball (although I clearly remember Bynum being lost on defense at times.) We are also a much more physical team with Bynum. With CP3 we have an offensive monster of a team. With his vision, everyone gets a chance to score without using the triangle." -- RDlaker248
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: New Orleans guard Chris Paul has reportedly expressed interest in joining the Lakers. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times