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UPDATE: 6:01PM PST: According to Yahoo Sports! Adrian Wojnarowski, “The NBA is now pushing New Orleans GM Dell Demps to pull the plug on the trade and keep Chris Paul, league sources tell Y! Sports.”

UPDATE: 6:00PM PST: According to Yahoo Sports! Adrian Wojnarowski, “NBA owners have pushed commissioner David Stern to kill the deal sending Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, sources tell Y! Sports.

UPDATE 5:57PM PSTAccording to ESPN’s Marc Stein, trade with Lakers will NOT go through Friday. “It was not immediately clear, sources said, if three-way trade involving Hornets, Lakers and Rockets is merely snagged or in jeopardy

It appears Chris Paul will be wearing a Lakers uniform on Christmas Day.

Earlier reports had the Lakers trading Andrew Bynum, and Lamar Odom for Chris Paul.

That report was then quickly corrected. Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports has now reported that the Lakers have agreed to trade Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom for Chris Paul.

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The Houston Rockets have jumped into the deal making it a three-team trade. Multiple reports have the Rockets receiving Pau Gasol for Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic, and a draft pick.

So here is the current breakdown:

Lakers Receive: Chris Paul

Hornets Receive: Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic and a Rockets draft pick

Rockets Receive: Pau Gasol

Adding Paul to the lineup automatically solves the Lakers problem at point guard as they acquire arguably the best point guard in the league.

This will no doubt give the Lakers the best backcourt in the NBA with Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant starting at the one and two on opening day.

The fact that the Lakers were able to pull this off without having to trade Andrew Bynum is quite an accomplishment. It must be noted that this leaves open the possibility of getting Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Andrew Bynum.

According to sources, this deal is finalized and agreed to by all teams involved. However, it cannot be official until training camp and free-agency beings tomorrow. (Friday December 9th).

Stay tuned to LakerNation.com for updates, as this story continues to develop.

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Shannon Brown opted out of his player option this year in hopes to get more money.

According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, it looks like Shannon Brown will now play about 350 miles east of Staples Center:

Shannon Brown in serious talks with Phoenix, says Brown’s agent Mark Bartelstein. Not done yet but close. Likely tomorrow.

Back on Saturday, the LA Times reported that Brown was still weighing his options, and did not rule out a return to the Lakers.

Brown appeared in 284 regular season and playoff games for the Lakers.

He also posted a career-high 8.7 points per game last season.

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Yet another trade scenario, are you keeping up?

According to Sam Amick, from Sports Illustrated, the Houston Rockets are trying to get in a three-way deal with the Lakers and Hornets:

League sources say the Houston [Rockets have] been trying to put together a three-team deal with the Lakers and New Orleans in which Paul goes to LA.

It has been reported that the Rockets have been active in getting a big man. As they met with free agent center Tyson Chandler on Monday.

Pau Gasol would fulfill the need for an inside presence. In return it is assumed the Rockets would then trade some of their young, up and coming, players to the Hornets. Possible names include: Kevin Martin, and Luis Scola.

This would fall in line with a recent Adrian Wojnarowski tweet stating: “The Lakers are trying to do a deal for Chris Paul that will allow them to keep Andrew Bymum, front office source says.”

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Now with basketball back in action, Laker Nation has decided to continue to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances and memorable news from the past 64 years of the franchise.

DECEMBER 8, 1961
LA LAKERS 151 – PHILADELPHIA WARRIORS 147 (3 OT)
CHAMBERLAIN SETS SCORING MARK IN HISTORIC DUEL, BAYLOR’S LAKERS ESCAPE PHILLY WITH VICTORY

It’s easy for us to look at our era of basketball as the best. Our athletes are in better physical shape than their predecessors, they’re more mechanically sound, and they break down slower. However, there are some performances that keep you grounded as an NBA fan, ones that let you know that players from a prior era could keep up or possibly best some of the stars of today. 50 years ago today was one of those performances. Between Philadelphia’s Wilt Chamberlain and the Lakers’ Elgin Baylor, the two would shatter NBA records and play as giants amongst men in the triple-overtime performance.

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It looks like the Lakers are trying to find a way to land both Chris Paul and Dwight Howard.

According to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com, the Lakers have made it clear to the Hornets that all offers will be centered around Pau Gasol:

Sources say that the Lakers have made their willingness to deal forward Pau Gasol for Paul clear to the Hornets, since L.A. is hoping to preserve Andrew Bynum to be the centerpiece of a trade offer for Orlando’s Dwight Howard.

ESPN.com reported Tuesday that the Hornets have not ruled out accepting a trade package for Paul that’s built around Gasol, but the Hornets also do have reservations about acquiring the Spaniard, who turned 31 in July and is coming off a woeful playoff series against Dallas last spring.

If the Lakers can land Chris Paul without giving up Andrew Bynum, that would leave the door open to trade the 24 year-old center to Orlando to acquire Dwight Howard.

It seems the Lakers are at least exploring the opportunity to see if they can use their current pieces to land both stars.

Only time will tell.

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With training camps and free agency opening up, the trade winds are swirling wildly with rumors abound left and right.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been linked to two of the more notable thought-to-be-available superstars in Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. But how plausible is it that they get a deal done, specifically for Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard?

The ever-present rumors of Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard is the popular and most logical swap for Los Angeles and Orlando. The problem is that that swap in and of itself is not enough to complete a deal because it does not satisfy the rules of the CBA. Without getting too technical, here’s a basic breakdown by the numbers.

Dwight Howard’s 2011 salary is around $18 million. The combined salaries of Odom and Bynum can be rounded up to around $24 million. Under the rules of the CBA, teams making trades have to come as close to swapping salary for salary as possible, with the only wiggle room being that teams can trade for players whose salaries are no more than 125% of the salary of the player that they would be bringing in, plus $100,000.

Confused yet?

Lets just say that in order for a deal like this to happen, the Lakers and Magic would have to get creative.

Here’s the most likely scenario that would make a deal between the two teams possible:

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Jason Kapono visited the Lakers facility back on Monday, and according to reports he is expected to sign a one year deal with the Lakers.

According to ESPNLA:

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to terms with free-agent forward Jason Kapono, according to a league source. The team will sign the 3-point specialist to a contract once the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement is ratified and the league’s signing period begins later this week.

Kapono is expected to sign a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, worth about $1.2 million, according to the source.

As Southern Californian’s know Kapono played college basketball at UCLA. He was the first player in the school’s history to lead the team in scoring four straight years.

Kapono, has averaged 6.9 points, 1.8 rebounds, and has shot 43.7 percent from three point range in his career.

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Lakers Owner Jerry Buss has been hospitalized but it looks like everything is going to be OK.

The OC Register’s Kevin Ding had the latest:

Lakers owner Jerry Buss, 77, was hospitalized with blood clots in his legs but is expected to be released in the next day or two, according to Lakers spokesman John Black.

“He’s doing well,” Black said Wednesday evening.

Black said the condition occurred because of “excessive travel.” Buss has been going to New York recently for NBA lockout negotiations, but Black did not elaborate on where else Buss has traveled.

Buss purchased the Los Angeles Lakers back in 1979.

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Now with basketball back in action, Laker Nation has decided to continue to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances and memorable news from the past 64 years of the franchise.

DECEMBER 7, 1975
WASHINGTON BULLETS 106 – LA LAKERS 114
LAKERS SHOOT 62% FROM THE FIELD AGAINST BULLETS TO CONTINUE UNDEFEATED HOME STREAK

When a road team puts up scoring spurts of 10-0 and 12-2 in only the first quarter against your team, it’s not likely to be a good night. But when you shoot 73% the subsequent quarter and outscore the road team 23-1 before the half, you have more than a good shot to at least make it a game. If your shooting luck continues and you manage to shoot 62% for the entire game, then you’re the Los Angeles Lakers.

Despite dealing with rampant scoring spurts from the visiting Eastern Conference champion Washington Bullets, the Lakers, led by center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, would go on to secure a 114-106 victory. When Abdul-Jabbar would earn his third foul with a minute still to play in the first quarter, then-Lakers coach Bill Sharman would be forced to sit his star center with the Bullets leading 48-37.

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According to league sources, the Lakers continue to have advanced talks with New Orleans to see if they can land Chris Paul.

The Clippers, Warriors and Celtics have all jumped into the sweepstakes. The Warriors and Celtics even willing to take the chance that Chris Paul does not sign an extension with them at the end of the season.

According to NBA.com’s David Aldrridge the Lakers are still major players:

A league source involved in the discussions said late Tuesday night that the Lakers are still among the teams the New Orleans Hornets are having advanced discussions with on a potential trade of Paul, the four-time All-Star guard who is seeking a trade after spending his first six seasons in the Big Easy.

The Lakers’ potential offer would send either center Andrew Bynum or forward Pau Gasol along with forward Lamar Odom to the Hornets for Paul.

League reports are also saying that Paul would like to team up with former teammate Tyson Chandler.

Teams like the Warriors may be able to entice Paul if they can also sign Chandler who is a free-agent, and will not return to the Dallas Mavericks.

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The Lakers have millions of fans across the globe.

But, the heaviest concentration of Laker fans that bleed purple & gold is undoubtedly on Facebook.

The Lakers recently announced that they have surpassed a whopping 11 million “Likes” on Facebook:

The Lakers have become the first American sports team to amass 11,000,000 users on Facebook it was announced today. The team leads all North American sports teams with Facebook users and ranks fourth worldwide behind European soccer clubs FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

The Lakers are now ranked fourth worldwide behind three European soccer clubs. FC Barcelona (23 million), Real Madrid (22 million) and Manchester United (20 million).

For those that like to argue that the Lakers are better than the Celtics. Here is a good argument: The Celtics have only 5.6 million likes on Facebook (2nd in the NBA).

 

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On the day new NBA schedules were released, commissioner David Stern has written a letter to fans via NBA.com:

On behalf of the entire NBA family, I want to thank you for your patience and support over the past several months. The new collective bargaining agreement is designed to provide more competitive balance for our league, reward strong performances by our players, and strengthen our game by improving its economics.

We believe this agreement will benefit our teams, players, and most importantly, fans by making the NBA stronger. In the days and weeks ahead, all of us hope you will enjoy the run-up to the start of the season: free agency, training camp, and preseason games. Each NBA team will be hosting special events for fans, so be sure to check your favorite team’s website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for details. This season we look forward to bringing you more of everything you love about NBA basketball: incredible competition, tremendous excitement, and unending hard work and dedication by the world’s best athletes.

Thank you for being an NBA fan. I hope you enjoy the season, which promises to be a most exciting one.

You can check out the full letter from Commissioner David Stern here.

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The Lakers have released the 2011-2012 sixty-six game schedule.

It starts with two preseason games against the Clippers. (December 19th and 21st)

As previously reported the Lakers get to work right away with back-to back-to back games starting on Christmas Day against the Bulls.

Also due to the condensed schedule the Lakers will play 14 back-to-back games this season.

Other notable games include:

December 29th vs. New York Knicks

January 16th vs. Dallas Mavericks

January 19th @ Miami Heat

January 20th @ Orlando Magic

February 9th @ Boston Celtics

For the full Lakers schedule visit Lakers.com

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