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With all the speculation that the Lakers are looking to trade for Dwight Howard and/or Chris Paul we thought it was time to take a look back in history.

As Laker fans know, this franchise is no stranger to pulling off blockbuster deals that have led to winning championships.

After checking out the Top 10 Laker trades in history, leave a comment, and let us know where a Dwight Howard or Chris Paul trade would rank on this list!

Here are the Top 10 Lakers Trades of All-Time.

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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 6, 2002
DALLAS MAVERICKS 103 – LA LAKERS 105
LAKERS RALLY BACK FROM 27-POINT FOURTH-QUARTER DEFICIT TO BEAT MAVERICKS

At halftime, with the 7-13 Lakers walking into the locker room trailing 64-36 to the Dallas Mavericks, boos cascaded down from the rows of Staples Center, letting the Lakers know their fans’ expectations after three straight NBA titles. As the third quarter ended with the Lakers still trailing by 27 points, a crowd that had begun the night restless became resigned.

Then, like bad comeback AI in a video game, the Mavericks’ shots stopped falling. To go along with that, the rest of the night, Lakers Kobe Bryant, Brian Shaw, Robert Horry and Brian Shaw wouldn’t miss a basket.

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A starting line-up consisting of Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, and Dwight Howard?

Sources close to the Lakers, and around the league are saying that is something they are looking to do.

According to ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard, the Lakers have intentions to make a blockbuster deal that would bring both Howard and Paul to L.A.

It is no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers would like to trade for Dwight Howard or Chris Paul, but sources with knowledge of the situation say the Lakers actually have something greater in mind: acquiring both players. Hoping to pull off a pair of blockbuster moves that would rock the NBA, the Lakers are willing to trade anyone on their roster outside of Kobe Bryant to bring Howard and Paul to Los Angeles, two sources said.

Whether the Lakers are able to make it happen remains to be seen, but with stars Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom on the roster, they have the talent and the financial capacity to make the trades work. The Lakers have had cursory discussions with New Orleans about Paul within the past few days. It is not clear whether they have spoken with Orlando.”

If the Lakers are willing to shake up their whole roster, this is not as far fetched as you may think.

The Hornets may be willing to give up Chris Paul straight up for Pau Gasol. In that case the NBA owned New Orleans Hornets are receiving an all-star in return for their all-star. Secondly, if Orlando likes Andrew Bynum’s potential you could package Bynum for Howard, and if need be throw Lamar Odom in to seal the deal.

This move would also make the Lakers a lot younger. Chris Paul is 26 years old, and Dwight Howard is only 25 years old. In what would make for a perfect transition as Kobe Bryant (33) gets older, and needs more help on offense.

It is also worth noting that the three (Bryant, Howard, and Paul) played together on Team USA in 2008. That team of course won the gold medal.

 

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According to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times, the Lakers are close to a 2-year minimum deal with forward sharpshooter, Jason Kapono.

NBA teams can’t sign free agents until Friday, but the Lakers met with Kapono and were close to a deal for one or two years and about $1.3 million annually.

The Lakers would sign Kapono for a minimum veteran’s salary and wouldn’t have to dip into their main free-agent tool — a three-year, $9.4-million contract known as the mini mid-level exception.

Kapono, who turns 31 in February, has career averages of 6.9 points and 43.7% from three-point range but averaged a career-low 0.7 points and 4.6 minutes last season with Philadelphia.

Mitch Kupchak has made previous attempts at Kapono, but according to Eric Pincus of Hoopsworld, a verbal agreement between the two had been vetoed by Jim Buss.

A two time NBA Three-Point Shootout champion, Kapono fills a gaping hole in the Lakers roster, one that has been missing a consistant shooter.

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Chris Paul has made it clear that he will not re-sign with the New Orleans Hornets. Dwight Howard is believed to send that same message to Orlando in the coming days.

The Lakers have a lot going for them when it comes to acquiring one of these stars.

They play in a big market (Something both Paul and Howard want).

Furthermore, the Lakers have pieces that can make the trade acceptable for both franchises.

Yahoo! Sports, Adrian Wojnarowski makes the claim that the Hornets and Magic are in a race to get some of the Lakers talent in return for their respective superstar:

In a lot of ways, the Hornets and Orlando Magic are in a race to make a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers for Paul and Howard. They’re running so many scenarios across the big boards in their offices, but make no mistake: Los Angeles is the port that can entice Paul and Howard to sign extensions, with the one player – young center Andrew Bynum– as a centerpiece that can justify the trade.

The Lakers and Hornets talked several days ago, league sources told Yahoo! Sports, but it was one of those circuitous conversations that left the sides unclear what it would take to get a deal done, and the talk ended with no formal offers. The Lakers and Hornets expect to speak again this week, sources said. The prospect of Pau Gasol as the primary player going to the Hornets won’t be acceptable, sources said. The Lakers will ultimately be willing to let New Orleans pick its player in the deal – Bynum or Gasol – but New Orleans is determined to get quality, and quantity, in a deal.

Free agency officially begins on December 9th, but teams have “officially” began talks today.

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If you have a twitter account, you probably follow @AndrewBynum.

Well check out your “Following” list. You are no longer following the Lakers center.

It no longer exists.

Bynum was active on the account as early as yesterday. It raises the question if recent trade rumors are the reason the account was deleted?

The account was deleted sometime in-between Sunday evening, and Monday afternoon.

Phone calls, and e-mails to marketing partners of Andrew Bynum were not immediately returned.

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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 5, 2001
DALLAS MAVERICKS 94 – LA LAKERS 98
SHAQ’S 46 POINTS DOMINANT AS LAKERS OVERCOME HACK-A-SHAQ MAVERICKS

Former Dallas Mavericks head coach, inventor of the Hack-a-Shaq defense, forced the Lakers into beating the Mavericks with their star center Shaquille O’Neal and no one else. Disrupting the flow of the offense by intentionally fouling O’Neal, O’Neal’s 53% career free-throw shooting would supposedly give the Mavericks more scoring opportunities, more time on the clock, and less of Phil Jackson’s Triangle offense.

This strategy seems like it would work on paper, and if O’Neal only made a handful of his normal shots during the course of the game, the Mavericks would have a good chance of escaping Staples Center with a win. When O’Neal would shoot 10-for-22 from the line, Hack-a-Shaq seemed destined for success. Of course, Hack-a-Shaq didn’t take into account the possibility of O’Neal shooting 18-for-23 from the field, or the fact that 15 of those shots would be either lay-ups or dunks.

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Every team will have to play at least one back-to back-to back this season, but no more than three sets per team.

The Lakers will waste no time as they kick their season right off with three games in three days.

Mike Breshnahan, of the LA Times has obtained details of the NBA schedule that will be released officially on Tuesday:

[The Lakers] are scheduled to play three games over the first three days of the season: Dec. 25 at home against Chicago, Dec. 26 at Sacramento and Dec. 27 at home against Utah.”

Also in the report it is noted that the Lakers will play a team on New Years Eve, and New Years Day they will face off against the Denver Nuggets.

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We heard rumblings of this during the Lakers exit meetings.

Andrew Bynum said during his exit meeting with the media the he expects to be a bigger part of the team this season, and will work during the offseason to do just that.

When told of Bynum’s comments, Kobe Bryant immediately made sure Bynum knew who the top dogs were on the food chain:

“Well, it’s tough to do on this team,” he said of moving Bynum up on the list of offensive priorities. “Ultimately, he’ll have to fall in line. Because I’m gonna shoot the ball. We all know that. Pau is going to get his touches. He’s no. 2. And then [Andrew] will have to fall in line.”

Now comes this excerpt from Adrian Wojnarowski’s latest article:

Bynum has privately been heard to say this offseason that he wants his own team, and the chances of him getting that – in New Orleans or Orlando – have never been higher. Years ago, Kobe Bryant wanted Bynum moved for Jason Kidd, but Bryant’s been insistent all summer that he still believes in this core, isn’t interested in wholesale change.

Bynum has years to go to become the go to guy in Los Angeles. With sources close to Bynum saying that they expect him to be in Orlando, it is not far fetched to believe that Bynum would like a trade to another team.

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The put-back winning shot against the Suns in Game 5 is barely celebrated, if not forgotten.

Nearly two seasons removed, we hardly remember the former Ron Artest locking up with Paul Pierce prior to tip-off, symbolizing how the Lakers would no longer wilt under NBA Finals’ lights against the Celtics again.

With every brick he put up in last seasons playoffs, the kisses directed at the Staples Center crowd after sealing a Game 7 victory seem to blow further and further away.

After two seasons, one championship, a Citizenship Award, and trips to visit Congress and the president, Metta World Peace may temporarily join the other 12% of Californians who are currently unemployed.

An amnesty provision in the new collective bargaining agreement would allow the Lakers to waive Peace and avoid his salary counting against the cap.

David Stern made it clear that he wanted a more competitive NBA. The new clause makes it intriguing for stacked teams to drop players who may not be worth their contracts, but who would draw interest from smaller market and less talented teams.

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The Lakers could use a perimeter shooter, and according to Yahoo Sports the Lakers are meeting with Jason Kapono today:

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Jason Kapono has averaged 6.9 points per game in his career.

Kapono is known for his sharp shooting from the outside, as he has averaged 43.7% from beyond the arc in his eight year career. Free agency does not officially begin until December 9th, but teams are allowed to start talking with free agents today.

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The 2011-12 season is definitely a season Derek Fisher has never experienced before.

He is coming off an 149 day lockout in which he played the role of the Players Association President. Spending marathon sessions in the negotiating room, in what was considered a very exhausting process.

Now at 37 years old, Fisher enters a season where it is not known if the Lakers, and head coach Mike Brown, feel Fisher can still lead this team at the starting point guard position.

Mike Brown was asked on Friday what role Fisher will play in his offense, and if he will be the starter:

“His role will predominately be the same.” Brown said.  When asked if Fisher will be the starting point guard Brown said, “Possibly, I think when we get to camp and everything shakes out I will have a better feel.”

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TNT is excited to add Shaquille O’Neal to an already Emmy award winning cast of characters. Shaq will sit along side Ernie Johnson, Kenny “The Jet” Smith, and Charles Barkley for the 2011-2012 season.

With the excitement of an NBA season, and a new cast. The NBA and TNT have released a new campaign entitled, “Big Things Are Coming” starring Shaquille O’Neal.

The season for TNT kicks off on December 25th.

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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 4, 2009
MIAMI HEAT 107 – LA LAKERS 108
KOBE HITS THREE-POINTER AT THE BUZZER AS LAKERS OUTLAST HEAT

Let’s set the scene: Lakers down by two, Lamar Odom has been ejected from the game, and 3.2 seconds remain on the clock – Tell me you don’t know who the ball is going to. While Heat guard Dwyane Wade would finish just two rebounds and one assist shy of a triple-double, Kobe Bryant’s 33 points and one-legged three pointer off the backboard at the end of regulation would give the Lakers the 108-107 victory, their eighth straight taking them to a 15-3 record.

Quote of the Night: “It was the luckiest shot I’ve ever taken, by far. It felt good, [but] I just couldn’t believe this ball might go in on this shot.” – Laker guard Kobe Bryant on his three-point shot at the end of regulation. - From the Associated Press, Dec. 4, 2009.

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