Just as quickly as the Lakers seemed to have landed Chris Paul they were denied his services and now seem unlikely to pursue any trade to acquire the point guard. After resubmitting a trade for league approval, the Lakers mysteriously backed out of the Paul sweepstakes.
On the glass is half full front the hope is that the Lake Show will now set their sights on Dwight Howard. Andrew Bynum would likely be a part of any package to acquire Howard.
From the glass is half empty perspective the Lakers were denied an opportunity improve and as a result have lost some early chemistry in the locker room.
So distraught from being a part of trade talks, Lamar Odom seemed unlikely to put the issue behind him. He’s now said to be on his way to Dallas for a first round draft pick. Truly the Lakers are getting pennies on the dollar when comparing a potentially late pick in round one for the man that provided as much depth, versatility and was truly a glue guy in the locker room.
In their attempts to improve the team has the Laker front office done enough damage to sabotage the season? It might be a little too early to go down that road. Still, this is not how you want to go about re-building the roster on the fly while simultaneously breaking in a new coaching staff.
All is certainly not lost but in the end all that was gained were some bad vibes and early frustrations.