Chris Paul for Gasol and Odom, good deal or bad?
The Lakers agreed to acquire Chris Paul from New Orleans for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom in a three-team deal Thursday, which basically dismantles the team that won two consecutive NBA titles.
So is this a good deal or a bad deal?
The Lakers are expected to acquire at least one other player in the deal to play power forward. It was unclear which player, but it's possible the Lakers would also receive veteran New Orleans center-forward Emeka Okafor.PHOTOS: Lamar Odom through the years
Paul, 26, would replace Derek Fisher at point guard. Paul's stats were actually down last season after he underwent surgery in Jan. 2010 to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. He averaged 15.8 points, 9.8 assists and 4.1 rebounds, a dip from career averages of 18.7 points, 9.9 assists and 4.6 rebounds. He played 80 games last season after playing only 45 in 2009-10.
Gasol, 31, is a four-time All-Star who slipped badly in last season's playoffs, averaging 13.1 points and shooting 42%. He is due $57 million over the next three seasons, including $18.7 million this season.
Odom, 32, was acquired by the Lakers in 2004 as part of the Shaquille O'Neal trade. He won the Sixth Man of the Year award last season after averaging 14.4 points and 8.7 rebounds a game.
So good deal or bad? Vote now and let us know.
-- Houston Mitchell
Photo: Say goodbye to Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.