So, New Orleans point guard Chris Paul has the Lakers listed among his trade-me-to destinations. So, he’s fed up with the Hornets’ losing ways and wants to join forces with another superstar and try to win a championship. So, here are two big reasons why he’s not going to be traded to the two-time defending champion Lakers:
First, Paul is one of those guys who has to have the ball in his hands all the time. He dribbles and drives and passes and handles the ball all the time. He’s great at it, no doubt about it. But that’s not going to work in the Lakers’ offense and there’s no way Phil Jackson, who is putting off retirement for one more season to chase one more threepeat, is going to scrap the triangle to allow Paul to play his pick-and-roll game. Can you imagine Kobe Bryant standing off to the side of the court while Paul runs the pick and roll with Pau Gasol about 40 times a game? Ha. Not happening. No way, no how.
Second, Jerry Buss would have to agree to gut the roster in order to acquire Paul, and there’s zero chance the Lakers’ owner would deal a package of players that might include Lamar Odom and/or Andrew Bynum to complete the trade. That’s far too steep a price for one player, albeit one very good player. This is a move the New York Knicks might make, giving them a pick-and-roll combination of Paul and Amare Stoudemire. Trades are always tough to make in the NBA because the salaries must line up in order to complete the deal. The Lakers would be forced to give up too much to get Paul.