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Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:23 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 10:20 pm
The Lakers agreed to the framework of a deal to acquire star point guard Chris Paul Thursday, only to have the trade imperiled amid an uproar from owners disgusted with the fruits of a new collective bargaining agreement, an ownership source confirmed to

"Dead," is how the person described the deal, which was supposed to send Paul to L.A. in a three-team trade also involving the Houston Rockets.

Yahoo Sports and first reported the incomprehensible developments, and team executives who had been on the periphery of the Paul trade talks were unsure if the deal had been killed by the league office or had merely hit a snag. 

Either way, the hours after players and owners voted to approve a new CBA ending the five-month lockout will go down as among the most bizarre in NBA history.

"WoW," Paul tweeted upon learning of reports that his trade to the Lakers was on the verge of being nixed.

Yahoo reported that owners were "irate" with Stern in Thursday's Board of Governors meeting, challenging the commissioner for the business-as-usual rampage of big-market teams preying on stars before the deal was even ratified -- and before the league had even officially re-opened for business, which is supposed to happen at 2 p.m. ET Friday.

"Pathetic," one team executive said Thursday in response to developments that included the Knicks maneuvering for cap space in preparation for signing top free agent Tyson Chandler and then the Paul deal to L.A.

NBA spokesman Tim Frank said it was "not true" that owners killed the deal. "It wasn't even discussed at the board meeting," he said. "The league office declined to make the trade for basketball reasons."

The developments were "unbelievable," said another team executive, given that the league-owned Hornets had been allowed to conduct basketball business without interference from the league office since the other 29 owners assumed temporary ownership of the woebegone franchise in December 2010. Also, the league office technically was not supposed to be open to evaluate, approve or disapprove trades until Friday.

The trade was supposed to send Paul to Los Angeles and Pau Gasol from the Lakers to the Rockets, who would've sent Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic and a first-round pick to the Hornets. New Orleans also would've received Lamar Odom from the Lakers. While rival executives were stunned with how rapidly Hornets GM Dell Demps moved to rid the franchise of Paul, who has clamored privately and through back channels for more than a year to exit New Orleans, some nonetheless were impressed with the haul of players and picks the Hornets were able to obtain for a trade that essentially was done on a firesale basis. 

Demps, a former Spurs executive groomed by San Antonio GM R.C. Buford, had taken a proactive approach to the Paul dilemma and indicated to fellow execs in recent days that he had no intention of letting the saga drag out for months the way the Nuggets were embroiled in a similar controversy with Carmelo Anthony before trading him to the Knicks last season.

Now, the Hornets appear to be destined for even more drama, discontent and derangement than they ever imagined. 

Same for the NBA.

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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:21 pm

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Gasol isn't a star player? Lol do you watch the NBA?  Being the number one PF in the NBA doesn't make you a star? Moron, start watching some games.  And players are ROLE players not ROLL players, they aren't bread.  This is a fair trade.  The owners voted against this because they want Chris Paul to be a free agent so that the Hornets get nothing in return, its so ridiculously obvious.  David Stern please retire, you are a terrible person, a terrible businessman, and a terrible commisioner.  You are letting the NBA go to crap and you're sitting there with that dumb grin on your face, please retire.

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:20 pm

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

What the hell are the Rockets thinking?  Lunacy! This must be a new way of making deals-(Hornets)"Hey, LA, what'll you give us for CPIII?" (Lakers) "We'll give you Odom, 2 of the Rockets best players and their first round pick".  And the NBA didn't like it on behalf of the Hornets? 

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:19 pm

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Small market teams serving as the minor leagues for big market teams?  Is this a baseball article?

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:18 pm

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Small maket teams serving as the minor leagues for big market teams?  Is this a baseball article?

Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:14 pm

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

If it's because Houston is getting the bad end of the deal, then understandable.  But if it's because the owners don't want the Lakers to be able to add a much needed position, and NO to start rebuilding then that's just B.S.  Trading is a much harder way of building a Monster team than signing superstar free agents(MIAMI).  If anything they should nix free agency than trade deals that at least two owners have to agree to!

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:09 pm

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'


I completely agree with you post.  But don't go thinking Green Bay is a small market.  The Packers may play their 10 annual games in that small city, but the Packers are Wisconsin's team.  Maybe half of the stands at Lambeau Field are actually Green Bay residents.

With that being said, you're exactly right that the NBA is a 4 or 5 team league right now and 3/4 of the teams have less than no chance of even competing for a title, much less winning one. 

Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:08 pm

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

It's amazing that David Stern nixed the deal with Paul not allowed the Heat to sign both Bosh and James? There should be such an uproar that this loser is fired! HE is more corrupt that Barney Franks!

Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:07 pm

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

What the heck are you ranting about? Who made the comment this is not a fair trade. The team that gets harned the most is Houston. The Lakers are giving up two pretty good players for one better if he doesnt get hurt and NO gets a team of decent players and draft choices. THe league would be stupid to block this trade. Now if the Lakers can rip off Howard for Bynum, I could see the league stopping that one. 

Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:04 pm

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

The league sucks!  It has for at least 10-15 years.  It has the worst officiating, it creates calls or makes calls inconsitently in order for teams to win or keep the game close, it favors its star players more then any other league.  Bottom line, it's an awful sport.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:02 pm

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

The NBA is just a broken system.  The entire league just needs to be blown up.  It's a joke, which is why people won't and don't watch it.  That's why I don't watch.  It's basically just a travel and flop fest where stars just basically run up and down the court and score points and no one plays defense. 

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