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Lakers' deal for Chris Paul is a no-go, the NBA rules

Big men Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom would have been traded for the All-Star point guard in a three-team deal with New Orleans and Houston, but league steps in to halt it.

December 08, 2011|By Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner

Also, Jason Kapono showed up for an individual workout Thursday at the Lakers' training facility after agreeing to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum of about $1.3 million. A career small forward, the Lakers might try him at shooting guard.

Kapono, 30, 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.

A big, affable center also walked through the doors of the Lakers' facility Thursday but it wasn't Dwight Howard. Free-agent center Marc Gasol worked out there, the last day players could use any team's facility.

The Lakers' trade talks with Orlando regarding Howard had lagged well behind negotiations for Paul.

Thursday marked the most upside-down day for the Lakers since Kobe Bryant demanded a trade on a radio show, retracted it on a radio show and then demanded it again a few hours later via The Times, all back in May 2007.

That turned out well for the Lakers. Bryant calmed down, Gasol arrived halfway through the following season, and the Lakers won championships in 2009 and 2010.

The Chris Paul era never quite got off the ground. What comes next is anybody's guess.

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