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Paul trade to Lakers in the works

3 years ago December 08, 2011 Dec 8, 2011 Thursday, December 08 2011 Thursday, December 08, 2011 5:15:09 PM CST in Sports
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - A person familiar with the negotiations says the framework of a three-team trade is in place to send Hornets All-Star guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Houston Rockets are the other team involved, the person told The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deal was not finalized.

The person says details of the trade were still being worked out Thursday evening and it was not immediately clear which other players were involved.

Paul can opt out of his current contract with New Orleans after this season, and the Hornets have been fielding trade offers in an effort to acquire new players for the star guard rather than letting him walk in free agency.

Paul averaged 15.8 points and 9.8 assists last season.

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