Lakers eye Howard, Paul
It is no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers would like to trade for Dwight Howard or Chris Paul, but sources with knowledge of the situation say the Lakers actually have something greater in mind: acquiring both players.
Hoping to pull off a pair of blockbuster moves that would rock the NBA, the Lakers are willing to trade anyone on their roster outside of Kobe Bryant to bring Howard and Paul to Los Angeles, reported ESPN, citing two sources.
Whether the Lakers are able to make it happen remains to be seen.
The Lakers have had cursory discussions with New Orleans about Paul within the past few days.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak would not comment when asked about the Lakers’ intentions to trade for both superstars, but in addressing general trade rumors surrounding his team, he gave the company line, saying the Lakers are happy with their current squad.
Short season will be tough
The Lakers will play games on the first three nights of the NBA season, the first of 42 back-to-back-to-back sets teams will face during this lockout-shortened season.
The NBA announced the compacted, 66-game schedule, one that will require every team to play on three consecutive nights at least once. Teams will play 48 conference games and 18 against the opposing conference, meaning they play only three nonconference opponents home and away.
Walker gets probation
Former Celtic Antoine Walker was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay $770,050 in restitution to three Las Vegas casinos after pleading guilty to failing to repay gambling debts. Walker has repaid some of his Las Vegas casino debts since his arrest in July 2009 in Lake Tahoe, where he planned to play in a celebrity golf tournament . . . A person familiar with the decision said Bob Vander Weide is retiring as Orlando Magic chief executive officer and team president Alex Martins is being promoted to his position. Vander Weide, the 52-year-old son-in-law of team owner Rich DeVos, became CEO in 2010 after serving as team president beginning in 1994.