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Lamar Odom avoids Lakers training camp but Pau Gasol is there

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Pau Gasol reported for the first day of training camp but fellow Lakers forward Lamar Odom did not, according to a team official Friday.

Odom hinted he would not appear at camp in an interview Thursday with The Times, saying, "Maybe I'll see you there, but I doubt it. You don't want to go to no place you're not wanted."

Odom and Gasol were involved in a trade Thursday for New Orleans guard Chris Paul that was blocked by the NBA. It is unknown how long Odom will be away from the team.

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Gasol was trying to put the failed trade behind him, as per a post on his Twitter account earlier Friday.

"New day my friends," he wrote. "On my way to El Segundo for the first day of training camp #staypositive #NBAisBack"

General Manager Mitch Kupchak addressed the team about an hour before training camp was scheduled to begin.

Meanwhile, the Lakers will not take the extreme step of seeking legal action against the NBA for blocking the trade, according to the team official.

The Lakers begin the season Dec. 25 against Chicago.

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David Stern explains why he blocked Chris Paul trade

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NBA Commissioner David Stern issued a statement Friday about his decision to block the deal that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers, who would have given up Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom in a three-team deal involving New Orleans and Houston.

Stern has come under heavy criticism from some for blocking the trade. Many small-market team owners appealed to Stern to block the trade, but Stern says in the statement that that had no impact on his decision.

The nixing of the deal leaves the Lakers in a state of flux, with Gasol and Odom both upset over reports of the deal. It remains to be seen how they will react as training camp opens, and what long-term effect this will have on the team.

The statement:

“Since the NBA purchased the New Orleans Hornets, final responsibility for significant management decisions lies with the commissioner's office in consultation with team chairman Jac Sperling.  All decisions are made on the basis of what is in the best interests of the Hornets.  In the case of the trade proposal that was made to the Hornets for Chris Paul, we decided, free from the influence of other NBA owners, that the team was better served with Chris in a Hornets uniform than by the outcome of the terms of that trade.”

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No appeal possible for blocked Chris Paul trade

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The Lakers planned to appeal to the NBA office after the Chris Paul trade was nixed, but there was a problem: The NBA considered the trade to have been blocked by New Orleans, not the league itself.

It's a sticky situation because the NBA owns the Hornets after purchasing them last December.

"This is technically a New Orleans decision," said an NBA official who did not want to be identified because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the trade.

In other words, one of the three teams involved in Thursday's trade technically got cold feet, but it's hard to deny the existence of a contributing factor to the death of the deal. Some small-market owners were irritated by the Lakers acquiring the league's top scoring-passing combo at point guard.

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert called the trade "a travesty" in an email sent to NBA Commissioner David Stern that was obtained by Yahoo! Sports.

"I just don't see how we can allow this trade to happen," Gilbert allegedly wrote. "I know the vast majority of owners feel the same way that I do. When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?"

Another factor in the the stunning reversal of the trade was the Hornets' failure to get more young talent, according to a league official with knowledge of the situation.

Among other players, the Hornets would have received Lakers forward Lamar Odom, 32, and Houston forward Luis Scola, 31.

"The truth of the matter is they need to get younger if they’re going to trade one of the top 10 players in the league," said the official. "Those are 30-plus guys with miles on their odometers."

Old but effective.

Odom won the league's Sixth Man of the Year award last season after averaging 14.4 points and 8.7 rebounds. Scola averaged 18.3 points and 8.2 rebounds last season for the Rockets.

The Hornets also would have received Houston guard Kevin Martin, 28, who averaged 23.4 points a game last season, and Houston guard Goran Dragic, 25, who averaged 7.1 points. Houston included a first-round draft pick in the trade.

Paul, 26, can become a free agent after the season, forcing the Hornets to try to gain assets before their star guard leaves without compensation in July.

Lakers forward Pau Gasol, 31, would have been sent to Houston in the trade.

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Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom must channel frustration properly

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Photo: Lamar Odom, left, and Pau Gasol. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.

Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom must channel frustration properly

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Pained by the realization the Lakers would trade him in a deal for Chris Paul, Lamar Odom nearly hit all the initial stages of grief.

He felt shock and denial, telling The Times' Brad Turner that he didn't initialy believe the news that the Lakers agreed to trade him to the New Orleans Hornets as part of a deal for Paul. Odom felt pain and guilt when he told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith that he wondered whether his reality television ventures with Khloe Kardashian angered Lakers officials. And with the NBA nixing the deal, Odom displayed anger when he expressed doubt to Turner that he'd arrive at the Lakers' practice facility Friday for training camp.

"They don’t want my services, for whatever reason," Odom said with a hint of forlorn. "I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. I was proud to be a Laker, so I’ll try to help them in the process as much as possible."

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It's understandable that Odom feels this way. But it's critical he immediately channels those feelings as motivation for a sharp season, much like the way Gasol has professed via Twitter.

"It's been a crazy day but as always I'm going to be & stay positive," tweeted Gasol, who was initially traded to Houston in the three-team deal. "Thanks everyone for your appreciation and support."

Gasol demonstrated in the 2011 postseason that he couldn't properly handle the frustration over his poor play despite what he told himself after each game. Gasol's at least taking the first step, though, to ensure he doesn't let any negative thoughts regarding the Lakers' proposed trade rattle his psyche. Odom can draw back on personal adversities, such as the deaths of his grandmother, mother and his then 6 1/2 month-old son. But it remains to be seen how long Odom will feel frazzled. 

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Lamar Odom in 'disbelief' after nearly being traded to Hornets

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Lamar Odom is still a Laker, but he doesn't sound completely thrilled about it.

Odom admitted that he was “shocked” and “surprised” when told Thursday afternoon that the Lakers agreed to trade him to the New Orleans Hornets as part of a deal for point guard Chris Paul. But this evening when he heard that the NBA had killed the trade, Odom said he was in “total disbelief” over these new developments.

Odom and Pau Gasol had been part of a three-team deal: Paul was coming to the Lakers, Odom was going to the Hornets and Gasol was going to the Houston Rockets, who were going to send Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic and draft picks to the Hornets.

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But NBA commissioner David Stern, reportedly under pressure from the same owners that just ratified the new collective bargaining agreement, killed the deal. The Hornets are owned by the NBA; the league said they rejected the Paul "trade for basketball reasons."

“I guess that means I’m a Laker if the trade didn’t go through,” a somber Odom said in a phone interview with The Times. “I don’t know what to do for the Lakers. I’m even weirded out by the league doing what they did. I don’t know what to do.”

Odom said he thought it was “a lie” when he was first told about the trade to New Orleans.

“And then it doesn’t go through,” Odom said. “Oh, lord. I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’ll pray about it.”

The Lakers open training camp Friday at their facility in El Segundo.

“Maybe I’ll see you there tomorrow [at practice],” Odom said. “But I doubt it. You don’t want to go to no place you’re not wanted. I’ll try to give them what they want as much as possible.”

Odom also felt bad for Gasol.

“Imagine how Pau feels,” Odom said. “Pau came to the Lakers and played here for four years, went to the Finals and lost, won two NBA championships and then got swept [by the Dallas Mavericks this year]. Wow! Imagine how he must feel.

“Man, I’m just in total disbelief about all of this,” Odom continued. “They don’t want my services, for whatever reason. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. I was proud to be a Laker, so I’ll try to help them in the process as much as possible."

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Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom in May. Credit:  Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Lakers' trade for Chris Paul is killed by NBA [update]

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The Lakers' deal for New Orleans guard Chris Paul has been killed by the NBA, which owns the Hornets franchise.

"It is not true that owners killed the deal," said NBA spokesman Tim Frank. "It wasn't even discussed at the Board [of Governors] meeting. The league office declined to make the trade for basketball reasons."

The league bought the New Orleans franchise last December and has typically left personnel decisions to the Hornets' front office.

Nobody seemed more surprised by the death of the deal than Paul.

"WoW," he wrote on Twitter at 6:11 p.m.

Lakers officials were still hunkered down in a room at the team's El Segundo headquarters Thursday night, trying to ascertain what would happen next.

The Lakers had agreed to acquire Paul from New Orleans for power forwards Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom in a three-team deal also involving Houston, a move that symbolized a shift from finesse, precision and depth in the Lakers' frontcourt to speed and athleticism in their backcourt.

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Photo: Hornets point guard Chris Paul pulls down a rebound from Lakers point guard Steve Blake during a playoff game last season. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Chris Paul for Gasol and Odom, good deal or bad?

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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.

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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.

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Photo: Say goodbye to Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.

 

Chris Paul immediately solves Lakers' point guard needs

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As the entrance to the Lakers' practice facility opened, Pau Gasol drove slowly toward the exit, waving to reporters walking nearby.

There was nothing meant by the friendly gesture, but it surely symbolized his departure from the Lakers. Times Lakers reporter Mike Bresnahan is reporting that the New Orleans Hornets will send Chris Paul to the Lakers in a three-team trade, while the Lakers will send Gasol to the Houston Rockets and Lamar Odom to the Hornets. In turn, the Lakers are also expected to acquire another frontcourt presence, possibly veteran Emeka Okafor. Once this becomes official Friday when training camp opens, some questions suddenly become irrelevant. The ones about whether the Lakers can upgrade their point guard needs, whether Lakers Coach Mike Brown keeps Derek Fisher as his starter or how Steve Blake will compete for more playing time no longer spark concern.

Paul's arrival immediatly adds the speed and the play-making abilities the Lakers need in Brown's traditional offense. It frees up Kobe Bryant to move off the ball. And here's the more tantalizing thought: with Andrew Bynum still remaining on the roster, that leaves the Lakers still with the chance to legitimately pursue Dwight Howard. Even if that doesnt work out, the Lakers have a trusty point guard to help mitigate the Lakers' previous shortcomings.

With Paul a legitimate volume shooter, he'll bolster the Lakers' outside shooting and force defenders to play the perimeter honestly. With Paul possessing lightning quick speed, he'll immediately beat opponents off the dribble and either drive the lane or drop a dime. Whether the Lakers have Bynum or Howard as their center, the Lakers will have a trusty point guard to throw those alley-oop lobs and entry passes with pinpoint accuracy. 

Suddenly, optimism surrounding the Lakers' title chances should immediately blossom.  The scary part: the Lakers may not be done. 

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Photos: Chris Paul tries to drive past Lakers point guard Derek Fisher during a regular-season game last spring. Credit: Gina Ferazzi /Los Angeles Times

Lakers to acquire Chris Paul for Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom

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The Lakers agreed to acquire All-Star point guard Chris Paul from New Orleans for power forwards Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom in a three-team deal Thursday also involving Houston, a move that symbolizes a shift from finesse, precision and depth in the Lakers' frontcourt to speed and athleticism in their backcourt.

"It's a done deal," said a person familiar with the trade who was not authorized to talk publicly.

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.

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Paul, 26, might be the best scoring-passing combo guard in the league and can even rebound well for a player listed at 6 feet, giving the Lakers their first dynamic point guard since Magic Johnson. Paul could have become a free agent next July, so the Hornets wanted to trade him before this season to avoid the distractions that befell the Denver Nuggets with Carmelo Anthony last season.

Paul’s contract calls for $16.4 million this season and a player option for $17.8 million next season. He will almost surely sign an extension with the Lakers.

Paul's stats were actually down last season after he underwent surgery in January 2010 to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. He averaged 15.8 points, 9.8 assists and 4.1 rebounds a game, 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 whose acquisition from Memphis in 2008 spurred the Lakers to two NBA championships in three NBA Finals appearances. However, he 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. He was due $8.9 million this season and a partly guaranteed $8.2 million next season.

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Photo: Chris Paul (3) pressures Lakers point guard Derek Fisher on a drive during a playoff game last season with the Hornets. Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times

Lakers' Lamar Odom enters season with uncertainty

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In years past, the only thing fans could rely on with Lamar Odom was that he was unreliable.

He arrived at training camp out of shape. He continuously mixed in great performances with sub-par efforts. He left fans frustrated that he appeared to be content with wasting away his potential.

Coming off his most consistent season as the NBA's sixth man of the year, however, Odom doesn't  enter the 2011-12 campaign with the same reputation. But there remains some understandable concerns.

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