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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 30, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:46 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

I know that this is completely and totally unrelated to the Chris Paul trade, but is there anyone out there who (regardless of how you feel about his team and whether or not you're a fan) does not have an absolute and total respect for Kevin Durant, just for how he goes about playing basketball and being a professional the right way? As a fan it's seriously refreshing to see his work ethic and love for his team and small-market city, Oklahoma City. There are too many egos in the NBA anymore, the league is filled with guys who want to buddy-up and take the easy road to greatness. Kevin Durant is a true professional and despite his young age, in my opinion he is a man amongst boys (maturity wise to say the least). The guy is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite players!

Did you know the morning after Lebron James' infamous "Decision" that Kevin Durant was taking shooting practice at 6:00 a.m. in the NBA summer-league gym where his team was playing later that day? He was the first to practice that morning. The majority of the players on the Thunder's summer-league team would end up being cut, but Durant wanted to be there to get better and support his team! These were guys who in all likely hood would be cut, and Durant was their supporting them, and practicing with them as if they were his every-day/season-long teammates! Durant is a superstar, and of course was not on the summer-league roster himself, but he wasn't even taking his vacationing talents to South Beach. He was at summer-league trying to help and encourage guys who were long shots and might have gotten contracts, but for that week they were teammates in his eyes!

Q: Do you know how many NBA superstars do that? How many are that great of a team leader? How many are that selfless? How many show up to summer-league?

... I'll give you a hint, it's not many.

A: One! His name is Kevin Durant.

All I can say about the guy is - What a pro! 

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:43 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Well, the NBA is officially a joke if it wasn't already! Keep it up!

Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:43 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Thank you, someone with some commonsense.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:39 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

NBA teams to win a championship since 1980: Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks.

Sure, six teams in eight years sounds like parody, but try nine teams in 31 years... Wow that sure doesn't! 

It's not well managed teams fault that others are badly managed. I think if we broke down all the teams who failed to win a title we could find mistakes that they made at various points. Whether it be a bad trade, a bad signing or a bad draft choice.Even with winning teams we could find some good luck on there side. If The Spurs don't get lucky and land Tim Duncan, history would be different for example.If the Lakers didn't want to dump Shaq, the Heat don't win there title. Good players want to be play with other good players,especially in a 5 on 5 sport with the absence of line changes like hockey. 

Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:38 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

I'm not sure I understand why people are upset with this proposed trade. NOLA gets Martin, Scola, Odom, Dragic and the Knicks 1st round pick (probably top 15 even with Chandler). Pair these with Okofor, Ariza and Jack and they have a much better team that they had last year and this year with Paul. Finally a small market team gets something out of their superstar, unlike Memphis, Cleveland, and Toronto. I thought this is what the owners wanted. NOLA is stuck with Okofor nobody wants him and he can olny play center. Plus, all the pieces thay get in the trade are highly TRADABLE, they're not severely over paid.
Houston would seem to be the loser (unless they can sign Nene-big if). Nobody seems to be upset with this.
Every one is concerned about the big, bad Lakers getting better. Well the truth is that they will be worse this year. With Dallas' fire sale the only team they have to beat is Oklahoma and they could do this with their present team, a midlevel point guard, better defense, and the best and deepest front court in NBA. Paul, Bryant, and Bynum with a bunch of no-name pieces will do no better than the Heat did last year.
Finally, who do all these idiots believe will be able to give the Hornets a just return for Paul. If you don't have one of the top teams in the league what are you going to give NOLA better than the deal on the table now. DeAndre Jordan. Eric Gordon, and Minnesota's first round pick is better but apparently not on the table. Stephen Curry and David Lee (again not on the table) is not as good. Who else has anything worthwhile to give. 
I agree with Paul, I'd file a lawsuit. After the travesty's in Cleveland and Toronto the NBA has no legal basis to block this trade.
For anyone who thinks I'm a Laker fan, I'm not. I'm a Bulls fan, the only team, other than Oklahoma who has not bought a contender (only one superstar on this team-Rose, and he was drafted). If they're the best team they will beat the Lakers with or without Paul, if not, that's life in the NBA.
Everyone on this blog seems to think with this heart and not their head. They would make great owners and GM's.


Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:37 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

@zmanmeyer -- The Heat actually won it all in '06.  Also I believe the Suns made it to the Finals (and lost with Sir Charles), during that time frame as well.

Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:22 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

LOL...You are way off base, not to mention using inaccurate information. Grant Hill and TMac didn't screw Orlando, they both signed big free agent deals to play in Orlando. Hill had injury problems, and in general represents everything good about the NBA. Screwed by Penny? He was never any good for any team other than Orlando, aside from one season in Phoenix (which is not a large market team). By the way, in the last two decades, championships have been won by the Mavs, Lakers, Celtics, Pistons, Spurs, Rockets, and Bulls. In addition, the Knicks, Nets, Sixers, Cavs, Pacers, Heat, Magic, Blazers, Sonics (Thunder) and Jazz have all made it to the NBA Finals. So, more than half of the 30 NBA teams have been to the Finals in the last two decades. That's 17 teams accounting for 40 possible spots. The 13 teams that haven't made it to the Finals include the Bobcats (recent expansion team) and the Clippers (LA is a pretty big market). Lebron left Cleveland because he wanted to win a championship, even if it meant not being the man.

Oh, and I just want to mention...I grew up in Cleveland and I am a lifelong Cavs fan. I was just as mad as the rest of Cavs fans that Lebron left, but I'd rather see players go where they want then watch Stern run his own personal fantasy league.  

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:18 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

NBA teams to win a championship since 1980: Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks.

Sure, six teams in eight years sounds like parody, but try nine teams in 31 years... Wow that sure doesn't! 

Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:12 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Goose is 100% correct. The Lakers were giving up the 6th Man of the year and one of the best big men in the NBA. This isn't the Pau Gasol deal from 2008. All 3 teams made out well in this deal. The Hornets basically got an entire starting roster along with Odom, Houston gets Gasol, the Lakers get CP3. This was a power play by the league, period. Let's hope this isn't an indication of things to come otherwise we're gonna have some NBA shenanigans.

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:08 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

I have to say I agree with stern (although I question if he wants cp3 in NY), but I saw absolutely no reason Houston would trade away Scola/Martin and a low first round pick for GASOL????!!!

They to me reeked of something awful there.  IF this went through it would say that the players will continue to run the hen house and dog it for smaller city teams until they had their chance to form an alligence get top stars to join them in a big city team. Eventually NBA would only have Chicago, LA, NY, Miami and the rest dog meat....or training grounds for rookie players until they matured to stars...leaving teams with busts and whatever fell through the sifter.

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