The Lakers got the jump on the Chris Paul sweepstakes only to get trumped by the NBA league office. But wait, is Chris Paul still heading to Los Angeles? Maybe so, but instead of joining Kobe and Showtime CP3 may be running with Blake Griffin and the Clippers. The Lakers thought they had completed a deal that would bring the mercurial guard as Kobe's back court mate and even briefly re-submitted a deal before giving up altogether. Now its the Clippers turn.....
Camps are now open across the country with the race to fill opening day rosters underway. With some teams opening practice with as few as seven players under contract, lots of player movement coming before Christmas. The major action of the day, the Lakers pulling out of the Chris Paul sweepstakes while the hunt for Dwiight Howard gets underway. 14 days until Christmas.... and opening day!
NBA camps are officially open! Free agency is also underway and we have the latest rumors. The proposed deal that would send Chris Paul to the Lakers is still in play. Houston, Los Angeles and New Orleans continue to look for ways to make it happen with league approval. For the most part, all players under contract reported for duty for training across the country.
It's official! The NBA labor deal has been approved by all parties and camps are set to open. It is a 10-year deal, but both sides have the option to opt out after six. Contract limits were lengthened, a soft salary cap is in place but the luxury tax will have more impact on owners. There were also be increased drug testing of players. While camps open today,, those involved in the CP3 trade remain in limbo in Houston, Los Angeles and New Orleans.
Much like the NFL this summer, NBA free agency will be packed into a short period as teams hustle for a Christmas Day tip off. Beginning on Friday December 9th, clubs may begin signing free agents to fill out their opening day rosters. Teams will be looking to create cap space by utilizing the new amnesty clause which enables clubs to shed bad contracts. Teams may match offer sheets signed by unrestricted free agents.