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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 CBSSports.com.

"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 ESPN.com 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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Comments

Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Lakers in talks to land Chris Paul

This is why the NBA is a joke & unwatchable. Pretty soon there will about 5 big city teams and 25 Washington Generals. Why would anybody from the other 25 cities bother to pay for tickets let alone watch this garbage.



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Lakers in talks to land Chris Paul

Gasol may be older than Bynum, but he's been the #2 man to Kobe when they've actually won a title. Bynum is a talent, but that talent has never been realized. They had better be sure that Bynum is totally healthy, something he's never been.
For me, Odom is overrated. He does all the little things you need to win, but he's not a bigtime scorer or rebounder. He gets lots of points and rebounds because of who he's playing with.
Bynum is the key. If he plays all year, and he plays with a little intelligence, this could be big. I would take Kobe and Chris Paul over the three in Miami.



Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:42 pm
 

Lakers in talks to land Chris Paul

sos  this why a lot of sports fans hate  the NBA ! IT IS SETUP FOR FEW TEAMS TO COMPETE AND REST ARE FARM CLUBS . LAKERS WANT SOMETHING  EVERYBODY  GIVES IT TO THEM. GASOL AND ODOM ARE AVERAGE PLAYERS AND YET CHRIS PAUL AND DWIGHT HOWARD ARE GOING TO THE LAKERS EVEN THOUGH THEIR ROSTER IS OLD  AND BEST DAYS BEHIND THEM  THEY JUST PICK OUT TRHE PLAYERS THEY WANT  AND  GET THEM GIFT WRAPPED . DAVID STERN YOU ARE A DISGRACE! 



Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:41 pm
 

Lakers in talks to land Chris Paul

David Strein loves the Lakers waaaaayyyyy too much!




Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:41 pm
 

Lakers in talks to land Chris Paul

The Rockets are going to give up their 2 best players and draft picks to get only Gasol in return?  What are you doing, Morey?  Scola alone, yes, but Scola and Kevin Martin?  Must be something else to this not reported. 



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:40 pm
 

Lakers in talks to land Chris Paul

Well ya know it was Gasol that eventually lead to the Lakers winning 2 championships in a row.  The guy is good.  Probably the most versatile big man in the league.  He just forgot to show up in the playoffs last year.  Bynum has dealt with injuries every year and obviously has a bit of a temper problem.  With him wanting his own team he could almost be classified as a diva.  Not exactly the safe guy to take in a trade when Gasol is right in front of you too.



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:38 pm
 

Lakers in talks to land Chris Paul

Just goes to show how important it is not to be injury prone



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:38 pm
 

Lakers in talks to land Chris Paul

Gee the Lakers are getting a young superstar and reloading just as they were aging and on the decline?  Who would have thought it?!?  In 5 years the NBA is going to be more of a joke than it already is.  There will be 5-10 relevant teams and then teams like the Hornets who will be rolling out Pau Gasol and a bunch of spare parts as an entire roster.  I am so happy the Mavericks won last year as it looks like this year will be rough and I am sure it's only a matter of time before Dwight Howard is traded for the spectacularly unspectacular Andrew Bynum and a pack of bubble gum.



Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:30 pm
 

Lakers in talks to land Chris Paul

I must admit, seems like the NBA/Stern was in on this trade.  Why would any team pick Gasol over Bynum?  Gasol is older and has more money and years on his contract.   Bynum has a team option which would give the team more flexiblity in next year's FA market.  I think this all but seals the deal for Howard coming to the Lakers.


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