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CP3 Deal Dies, L.A. Shifts to D12

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The three-team deal that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers and Pau Gasol to the Hornets is dead and L.A. are now expected to shift their focus to pursue Dwight Howard. Instead, they'll trade Lamar Odom to the Mavericks for the trade exception Dallas got from the Knicks in the Tyson Chandler sign-and-trade.

As Marc Stein tweeted early Sunday morning, "Lakers have clearly made decision to focus on trying to acquire Dwight Howard. Lining up rest of their assets to duel New Jersey for DH12."

Quoting a western conference executive, Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted, "'The Lakers are shifting toward trying to make a Dwight Howard deal'."

John Hollinger tweets he is confused by the Lakers strategy if Howard is their target. "Any exception created by dealing Odom isn't big enough to take in Turkoglu. I'm not seeing LA's endgame here, nor why Dallas would help." On the other hand, the death of the three-team deal will make it difficult for the Rockets to sign Nene.

By early morning Sunday, there were reports that the Magic wanted both Gasol and Andrew Bynum for Howard (and Hedo Turkoglu), an offer the Lakers would likely reject. Stefan Bondy tweets that the Lakers signing of veterans Glen Davis and Jason Richardson shows the Magic don't yet see themselves in a rebuilding mode, a disadvantage for the Nets who have rebuilding assets.

As for the Odom deal, Larry Coon of ESPN thinks that it's a "prelude to something else" while Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times thinks it's merely cost-cutting by the team.