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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: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:20 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

im so fuckn done with this d league bullshit! fuck you david stern fuck u david stern and fuck you david stern! i will never ever watch another game ever! bet that! i was a bulls fan now a lakers fan and now im just an x fan! i got better things to do than to watch c paul play for who they say he can play for!this is a fuckn joke! just let miami run the gammet for the next ten years!im out! for good!

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:07 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

It was a terrible trade for Houston, but, I agree, this situation is a joke.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:21 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

This trade being nixed is still going to hurt the Hornets most in the future. They lost the ability to recoup the most they could out of Chris Paul. 4 very serviceable players and a first round pick. They wont top that offer.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:19 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

There is no doubt they don't want Paul to go to LA, but ultimately they have no choice.
Its an ugly situation because they all have a stake in the Hornets since the league owns them.  They don't want that $30M in salary Odom, Martin, and Scola bring and they may actually have a choice.  It's a unique situation that won't get better until a real owner steps in for New Orleans.

Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:43 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

As a Laker fan I'm glad this deal was nixed. LA would have given up way too much.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:26 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

This is BS! As much as I don't want the Lakers to get CP3 getting  , ,  and a first-round pick plus  is a fair deal. No way can anyone say this was a fire sail. That's 2-3 boderline all stars, size, a pick, come on now. Maybe now some folks will see that one of the NBA's biggest issues is that lots of front offices suck, but you can't tell a billionaire that he sucks, because they all feel they are geniuses!

Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:58 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

This was a total legit trade. So the league is saying... "Well.. Lakers, you are a really great team, with really great ownership and management, This trade was ingenious! But since most of the teams, owners and managers of this league suck, we have to force you to suck too!"

Problem with bad teams is bad ownership and management, not small market. HOW DO THE SPURS WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS? They are a small market team. OKLAHOMA IS ONE OF THE BEST TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE. Are they in a big market? WHY DO THE CLIPPERS ALWAYS SUCK? They are in the same market as the Lakers. WHY DO THE KNICKS SUCK? Watch Jerry West make the horrible Golden State a very competitive team soon.

How can the league show so much bias against one their teams for good management?

Anyways, with all the bad press Stern is getting from this (he haven't even heard from Lakers management yet) and Paul already saying he will skip camp, I have a feeling that this trade may still happen.

If the league keeps trying to bail out bad management, maybe the teams with good management should just say F... IT! And leave the NBA and form their own league.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:49 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

I am betting this trade goes through...the only change is that LA will be forced to take Okafor and probably use it's amnesty on him.  Plus the front office needs time to sit back and digest the whole thing.  There is no doubt they don't want Paul to go to LA, but ultimately they have no choice.  This is now about making NO as cap friendly as possible in hopes of finding a new owner willing to buy the thing. 

Now what will be fun to watch is how openly the "pissed" owners are going to try to manipulate things.  I cannot help but wonder if there will only be 6 teams over the cap in two years or so....

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:41 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Sterns should be FIRED ASAP! I guess he will be Blocking FreeAgent Deals as well......Sounds like there will be plenty of Fights Owner vs Owner vs Sterns. Only Starless players can be Traded in Stern's World. What a Joke!

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:41 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

that was a fair trade what the hornets do with the players the receive afterwards is up to them.  they are going to get CP3 any way so the hornets need to get what they can for him before he decides to go when he is a free agent, just D howard is going to do.   You can either be like cleveland or you can atleast try not to set the record for losses in a season by getting what you can.  The looser in the deal I think was going to be Houston who were giving up alot for Gasol.  Which is not the Lakers concern.  LA had to trade to the hornets Gasol and Odom for CP3 granted they get bigger or they choose to use these players to get a point guard.   But LA NO trade is a fair trade.    The trade will go through eventually I think the owners were mad because the NBA business opens on Friday at 2pm not Thursday.  Small market teams upset at Stern for his ho hum attitude towards the majority of the teams not named Lakers, Knicks Celtics Bulls Mavericks, Spurs Heat.

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