Can the Lakers land Dwight Howard or Chris Paul? (Web links)
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan obtains a copy of the 2011-12 schedule that says the Lakers will play three consecutive games to start the season. Bresnahan also reports the Lakers are "not even close" with possibly acquiring New Orleans guard Chris Paul and that the Lakers haven't reached out to Orlando about Dwight Howard. Bresnahan also reports the Lakers plan to sign Jason Kapono to the veteran's minimum.
-- ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reports the Lakers are willing to trade anyone outside of Kobe Bryant to acquire both Howard and Paul. In fairness, SheridanHoops' Mark Heisler reported this nugget on Nov. 28.
--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande argues superstar players still hold power under the NBA's new labor deal.
--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick talked to numerous front-office sources who indicated the Paul-to-Lakers chatter grew louder this week.
-- Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Hornets want Bynum as the trade centerpiece. Wojnarowksi also reported it's possible the NBA may delay the start of training camps.
--Fox Sports' Sam Amico remains skeptical about the NBA superstar movement.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky believes it's unlikely the Lakers can acquire both Howard and Paul.
--NBA.com ranks Kobe Bryant's dunk over Emeka Okafor as the best of last season.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne argues the Lakers need to consult Bryant about possibly acquiring Howard or Paul.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell reports the Lakers encouraged Bryant to receive an innovative procedure on his right knee in Germany.
--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argues the Lakers may be in a dilemma in pursuing both Howard and Paul.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano contends that the Lakers' need to upgrade at point guard may be a bit overstated.
Tweet of the Day: "BYNUM + LAMAR = CP3: Insiders say CP3 is likelier to move. Trade protects Lakes against Drew injury, can still offer Pau for Dwight whenever" -- MWHeisler (Sheridan Hoops' Mark Heisler)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Having Paul in MB's style of offense would be great. We've been able to use Fish well with the triangle, but that's in effect, gone. So - I am all for giving up Drew for Paul. But, you still have to think about the D, and Drew could block shots. We notoriously just let people into the paint, but at least he had a big body to deter them." -- Jeanne Gully Rugg
-- Mark Medina
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Photos: The Lakers are reportedly pursuing New Orleans guard Chris Paul in a trade. Credit: Los Angeles Times