Lakers, Hornets resubmit Chris Paul trade; Odom skips practice again
The Lakers, Houston Rockets and New Orleans Hornets have resubmitted a Chris Paul-to-the-Lakers trade proposal to the NBA office, a person with knowledge of the situation said Saturday.
The deal is "still on life support, even though people tried to kill it," according to the source.
The Lakers had agreed to send Pau Gasol to Houston and Lamar Odom to New Orleans as part of the original trade Thursday. The trade was blocked by the NBA. Houston's Luis Scola, Kevin Martin and Goran Dragic and a first-round pick were also traded to New Orleans.PHOTOS: Lamar Odom through the years
The NBA, which purchased the Hornets last December, told the franchise it needed to get younger players in the trade. Odom is 32, Scola is 31 and Martin is 28. Dragic, 25, has been a reserve guard in his relatively brief NBA career.
Meanwhile, Odom skipped practice for a second consecutive day but was at the Lakers' training facility for an annual physical. Gasol was also at the training facility. It was unclear if he was practicing.
Regardless of whether the Paul trade collapses again, the Lakers have been designated one of three teams allowed to talk to Dwight Howard's agent about a possible trade. Howard and Paul can both become free agents in July, and their teams are trying to work out trades instead of losing the perennial all-stars for nothing after the season.
Howard's agent also has permission to talk to New Jersey and Dallas. If the revised Paul trade is accepted, and the Lakers lose Gasol and Odom, their main trade asset with Orlando will by 24-year-old Andrew Bynum.
-- Mike Bresnahan
Photo: Hornets point guard Chris Paul draws the defense of Lakers forward Lamar Odom (7) and guard Kobe Bryant (foreground) on a drive down the lane during a game last April. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times