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Lakers in trade talks for Dwight Howard, Chris Paul? (Web links)

Mitch Kupchak

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Lakers and Hornets have been in talks involving Chris Paul. The report states that the Hornets don't want Pau Gasol as the deal's centerpiece, that Kobe Bryant strongly believes the Lakers should keep their current roster intact and that the Lakers have a good chance at securing Dwight Howard. 

--The Times' Ben Bolch explains why the Lakers' free-agent options will prove limited. He also talks with Shannon Brown's agent, Mark Bartelstein, about the chances he returns to the Lakers.

--NBA.com's David Aldridge explains how the Hornets are trying to prevent Paul from leaving them. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding reports Metta World Peace won't wear No. 70 this season like he thought he would. 

--Fox Sports believes it's more likely the Lakers acquire Dwight Howard than Chris Paul. 

--Sheridan Hoops' Mark Heisler predicts many of the NBA stars will still flock to big markets. 

--ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports the Lakers are interested in Nuggets shooting guard Arron Afflalo.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky remains skeptical the Lakers can aquire Afflalo.  

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky talk to Dr. Robert Klapper, chief of Orthopedics at Cedar Sinai Medical Group, about Bryant's surgically repaired right knee. 

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe looks at how Howard and Paul will test the new CBA. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin and Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski report the Lakers invited unrestricted free-agent forward Jason Kopono to the team's practice facility on Monday. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford says Derek Fisher looked solid in Friday's workout. 

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell highlights the nuggets Lakers Coach Mike Brown and Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak shared in a recent press conference about the upcoming season. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down what Bryant's role might be inBrown's offense. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's Ben R argues Kopono would help the Lakers' outside shooting. 

Tweet of the Day: "Kobe has landed: Laker star stops by team training facility in El Segundo on Monday, chats with Laker officials, longtime trainer Gary Vitti" -- Mike_Bresnahan(L.A. Times' Lakers beat reporter Mike Bresnahan)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "It's gonna be interesting to see how Kobe does with Mike Brown's system. With Lebron Brown did mostly pick and rolls and if Lebron got double teamed then he would kick it out to a shooter. Well....Lakers lack many outside shooters unless they plan to sign a couple or trade for some. When Lebron was with the Cavs the Cavs strength outside of Lebron was their outside shooters; but with Lakers their strength outside of Kobe is their post up bigs (Bynum, Gasol, Odom).

So I am ready for the season to start and for the lockout to OFFICALLY end so I can see wat moves my Lakers make and how they look in their first game against an elite top 2-5 team. I'm glad Lakers first game is against a worthy opponent so we can see how Lakers do in Brown's system facing a team just as good as them." -- Jordan Mamba Lawson

— Mark Medina

Email the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak understands that it will be difficult to sign a quality free agent under the terms of the new NBA collective bargaining agreement. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times / Dec. 2, 2011.

 
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