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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: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:34 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

It does no good to complain about the basic nature of the NBA It is what it is. Always has been. Have you forgotten about the Celtic dynasty and the Laker and Celtic teams of the 80's. Different CBA's, fewer small market teams, same problem. The fact of the matter is teams don't have to go over the Tax thresh hold to win. Most small market teams are bad for the same the large market teams who lose are bad (NY, NJ, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta etc),bad ownership and bad management. Chicago has done quite well lately through the draft and trades (only Boozer free agent) and Oklahoma is doing well. A large market for publicity and marketing does help but good ownership and management is better. Small markets may have a harder time winning championships but with good ownership and management they can be very competitive (Utah's a good example) and if they're competitive their fans will support them and they will make money.
We need to stop whining about things that are as they are and always will be and start demanding more of our owners and GM's and refuse to support them if they don't get their head out of their ass.
I know this is too logical for most to understand, but is as it is. 

Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:13 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Well said. Life ain't fair and neither is business, including NBA.

Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:10 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

You make a sensible and unemotional statement here and that in itself is refreshing on this blog. On the face of it I believe the Rockets would be the big loser in this trade, also. But, put yourself in the GM's position,you have no chance in the west unless you can upgrade your front court. I have read several pieces saying the Rockets plan to go all out for Nene. Pair Nene with Gasol and your front court is hugely improved. I don't know if this is true or whether Nene is interested but it would help explain Houston's thinking. Who knows.

Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:04 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Laker fans aren't goin' to suffer far from it! This wasn't a great deal for the Lakers losing "Two" quality bigs for a quality point guard it would only change the need to a PF instead of PG. I guess it was Stern who kept the Lakers winning in Minnesota too, lol, you were not aware the NBA is and was a business, you don't build a biz by locating stores in bad locations so why would the NBA? Load up small markets with a few stars and you get a mediocre unwatchable game, contrast with too many stars in a few markets and you get merciless games only controlled by the Zebras.  Get it life ain't fair! Didn't the Emacipation Proclamation  get read by Stern? There is no reason to try and control who goes where ...legally that is! CPaul could sue if he wanted to.

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:00 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

They have no right getting involved in this trade or any other trade/transaction
but the NBA as a whole OWN the Hornets....and if the owners dont want it to go...then no go.  The issue here is that the NBA is the "owner" of a team. They shouldnt be...its wrong.  The team be it...they are gone.  Whats it say that no BILLIONAIRE business man would buy it?  There are plenty of them in the world that would prolly love to own a sports team...but not that one.  The NBA souldve just let it go.  Bad for NOLA, good for NBA.

Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:59 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Again, stupid non-thinking. The new CBA did prevent the Miami travesty all over again. NOLA would be getting several decent to very good players and a decent draft choice in a deep draft year for Paul. Cleveland and Toronto got nothing for James and Bosh. I'm beginning to think mostly dementia patients blog here. 

Since: Apr 25, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:54 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

ok so here's MY lakers starters team. kobe, howard, artest, a night in and night out committed-to-shooting Odom, CP3. Unbeatable?

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:53 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

The NBA, based in New York, wants Chris Paul to go the New York Knicks.  If the NBA can cancel any trades New Orleans makes, then the Knicks will sign him at the end of the year. That way, you can watch Lebron play Chris Paul on ESPN.

Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:52 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Please don't include Chicago in this conversation. Chicago has three starters secured through draft or trade Rose, Noah and Deng) and one non- superstar free agent (Boozer) and they refuse to go into tax territory to build a winner. Think before you speak. 

Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:48 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Absolutely. Everyone putting down the trade because it's not good for small market teams seem to forget NOLA is a small market team. Let them make the best trade for them. It's not their responsibility to worry about large market, or other small market teams. NOLA is fighting for their life as a franchise after all these years of inept ownership. They finally have an excellent GM who knows what he's doing, leave him alone.

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