The NBA has killed the Gasol/Paul trade

via Woj.

I have no idea what just happened.  This has been the most bizarre six hours of my life.  That’s all from me today – I’m going to go do something productive.

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Houston Rockets acquire Pau Gasol, facilitate next Lakers dynasty

The Houston Rockets have acquired Pau Gasol in a three-team trade, sending forward Luis Scola, guards Kevin Martin and Goran Dragic, and a draft pick to the New Orleans Hornets.  Forward Lamar Kardashian will also be sent to the Hornets.  Chris Paul will be headed to LA.

It is believed that the team will now pursue center Nene Hilario with added savings under the cap.

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Initial thoughts: Rockets in 3-team talks; Martin/Scola out, Gasol to Houston

UPDATE AT 5:00PM: For those knocking Pau Gasol…this isn’t about that.  He’s absolutely legit, a bonafide top-15 player in this league.  He’s worth Kevin Martin and Luis Scola and then-some.  But again, this isn’t about that.  This is about the direction of this team.  Can you build a title around Gasol in the next four years before he breaks down?  Apparently Morey thinks so.  I would prefer to go young but if Les Alexander won’t allow that, you can at least respect the effort here.

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Rockets, Lakers, Hornets discussing 3-team deal that would send Gasol to Houston, Paul to LA

via ChrisMannixSI:

Piggybacking off @sam_amick tweet, Lakers/Rockets/Hornets discussing a deal that would send CP3 to LA, Pau to Houston.

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Paul, Hayes, Dalembert, thoughts for this fine December morning…

The news yesterday broke via Twitter that Chuck Hayes was likely out.  This will be a different lockerroom next season.  Hayes was a man who many, myself included, hoped would retire with this team.  He was the type of player who, upon reflection, conjured memories of Thorpe, Elie, and other franchise icons.  True heart, grit, his style of play personifying what this Rockets team came to be about these past few years.  With the forward’s departure, this will be a new Rockets team going forward.  The Jeff Van Gundy era is now officially over, with its last holdover headed for greener (?) pastures.  Unless some monumental acquisition is made, this loss alone should sufficiently ensure a losing record next season, an outcome I all along have been hoping for, given the circumstances.

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