LOS ANGELES, CA - FILE: Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets reacts while taking on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 20, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. According to reports on December 8, 2011 Paul will be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert should be happy on Sunday morning with word of the renewed efforts to trade Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers over the past couple of days have fallen through again.
The Lakers pulled out of the talks with the New Orleans Hornets and Houston Rockets that intended to tweak a deal agreed to on Thursday night that was eventually vetoed by NBA commissioner David Stern. Gilbert played a big role in Stern's decision, voicing his concerns about the deal to Stern, wondering how the NBA-owned Hornets could let Paul join the Lakers while still trying to give lip service about competitive balance around the league.
The original deal actually would've helped the Hornets compete in the long run, but now that option is dead with the Lakers reportedly turning their attention to acquiring center Dwight Howard instead. The Hornets still need to find a spot for Paul since the guard will eventually leave as a free agent. Better to get some assets in return now than to let him walk at the end of the season.
No, Gilbert and the Cavs won't be in the mix for Paul, although I'm sure CP3 wouldn't mind a few minutes of Gilbert's time to let him know how he feels. The Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors appear to have the right parts to make a play for Paul now that the Lakers are out of the mix.