So this happened again:
The Los Angeles Lakers have pulled out of the three-team deal with New Orleans and Houston that would have landed Chris Paul in L.A., according to sources close to the talks.
The reason for the Lakers' withdrawal was not immediately known.
Which means this is happening again
Twitter / @ChrisMannixSI: Two rival GM's say they be ... via kwout
Let's start with the Lakers deal. This is why a league shouldn't own a team. Now there are conspiracy theories that Marc Cuban vehemently opposed the deal so he could swoop in and steal Lamar Odom with the trade exception he got from the Tyson Chandler sign-and-trade. It seem plausible enough... so get ready for a whole lot of that.
As for the Celtics... Danny wants Chris Paul, so the rumors will continue to swirl. Though, as I was just asked on Twitter, you have to wonder at what point the Celtics say "this is our team.... end of story."
Knowing Danny... that won't happ...