FILE - In this April 26, 2011, file photo, New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul drives the ball downcourt during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. The framework of a three-team trade is in place to send Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers pending details of the transaction still being worked on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

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FILE - In this April 26, 2011, file photo, New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul drives the ball downcourt during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. The framework of a three-team trade is in place to send Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers pending details of the transaction still being worked on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
FILE - In this April 26, 2011, file photo, New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul drives the ball downcourt during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. The framework of a three-team trade is in place to send Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers pending details of the transaction still being worked on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
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