Pau Gasol “Devastated,” Lamar Odom In “Total Disbelief” Over attempted Chris Paul Trade
Lakers stars Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom were “devastated” and left in “total disbelief” after they heard the news that their team had attempted to trade the two players in a three-team deal that would have sent point guard Chris Paul to Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“Man, I’m just in total disbelief about all of this,” Odom told the paper. “They don’t want my services, for whatever reason. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. I was proud to be a Laker, so I’ll try to help them in the process as much as possible.”
Sources close to Gasol told the paper that he was “devastated by the news of the original trade.”
The three-team trade, which involved the Hornets, Lakers, and the Houston Rockets, was nixed by the league late last night. According to NBA spokesman Tim Frank, the league “declined to make the trade for basketball reasons.” Several owners also publically complained about the deal before it was cancelled, leading to speculation that Stern may have put a stop to the trade in order to keep the peace among the owners.
As of now, Gasol and Odom are still members of the Lakers.