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.