Lakers will pursue both
There's a chance both could land there, which begs another question: Wasn't the new collective bargaining agreement supposed to promote more competitive balance and limit players' power over movement? Oops.
Chris Paul is the more likely option since he has already told Hornets management he won't sign an extension. No team can afford to lose a player of Paul's value for nothing.
Though massive speculation exists that Dwight Howard will reach the same conclusion, there is no official word from Howard or the Magic to this point yet.
The Lakers aggressively will enter both sweepstakes in an attempt to get younger and more athletic.
Fisher out, Paul in
Shannon J. Owens
I'd guess that Chris Paul is more likely to end the NBA season as a Laker than Dwight Howard.
That sounds crazy if you've been listening to the near two-year debate about Howard leaving the Magic for the Lakers.
But the Lakers won titles in 2009 and 2010 even without amazing interior play from Andrew Bynum. The Lakers only increased production after re-signing point guard Derek Fisher at the start of the 2007-08 season.
The tandem of Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant is good enough to counter for the lack of a dominant center, but their system, at least under Phil Jackson, relied heavily on outstanding perimeter play.
In the end, Fisher is on his way out and CP3 is on his way in.
Howard is next Shaq
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