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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: Jul 6, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:52 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead' The Lakers I hate with a passion. I won't hide it. But to nix this trade made no sense.  The reason to nix the trade was "The Lakers would have too much star-power"?  But it's ok for Fake-King Lebron to leave Cleveland and join Wade and No-spine Bosh in Miami???  Inconsistent.  And I'm a Knicks fan!  As much as I would loooove to see Chris Paul in a Knicks jersey, the Lakers shouldn't have been denied that three way.  Good job, David Stern (that was a sarcastic statement for those keeping score).

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:48 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Good for the NBA. Probably won't stop the demise of the league but at least it's a positive sign.

It's amazing how neither the NBA nor MLB can learn a lesson from the league (NFL) that is kicking their as$es. It's good for the sport when all teams large market or small have an equal chance of competing. In the MLB you have at least 60% of the teams that have no chance in hell of ever winning a WS let alone a pennant. Look at what happens in MLB at the trade deadline...the small market teams all give up their best players to the large market teams still in contention. In return they get a few young prospects...when/if those prospects become stars they then get tradeed for more young prospects. In esscence the small market teams are nothing more than a farm system for the chosen few.

Same happens in the NBA the small market teams are usually drafting at the top of the draft and taking all the risk. If the player is a bust they are on the hook for a large contract. If the player is a star he holds them hostage until they trade him for a handful of magical beans. 

And to the idiots that act like it's the small market teams fault for just not spending enough...pull your heads outta your asSes!! The Orlando Magic are in the Luxury tax and would obviously offer Dwight Howard a max deal but Dwight will still leave. It's not about the money, it's about the star players ruling the league. LeBum could have stayed in Cleveland and made as much money but he didn't.

Of course Lakers fans are all but-hurt over this...The status quo of them raping the rest of the league for star players has gotten them around 20 NBA Championships. Why the hell would they want parity?? They are perfectly happy with the Lakers and about 4-5 other teams having the only real shot at a title year after year.

Just look at the Orlando Magic..screwed by Shaq, screwed by Penny, screwed by McGrady, screwed by Grant about to be screwed by Dwight Howard. Is it any wonder they have a dwindling fanbase?? The tax payers and city foot the bill for a brand new stadium and after only 1 year the star player gives them the finger. Do you think other small market teams are gonna take notice and when the owner asks for a new stadium, they're gonna say, "Golly gee!'s the money" or are they gonna say, "Go ph uck yourself!!"??

The reason several owners obviously threw a fit is because they know that allowing the entire league to be run by star players and a handful of teams is a recipe for failure.    &nb

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:42 am


Talk about a bunch of cry babies.  The trade was rejected on the basis of perception that it would give the Lakers too many stars and an unfair advantage.  Seriously?  Where were the same owners last year when Bosh and James were traded to the Heat in sign and trade deals?  How about Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks?  As a Lakers fan, I say that the Lakers were giving up too much for Paul.  You make a deal like that for Howard, NOT Paul.  The sad thing is that this hurts the Hornets more than any other team.  Chris Paul will walk away from this franchise next summer and they will get nothing.  This deal would have sent them Scola, Martin and Odom along with a draft pick.  They already have former all star David West.  This was a great move for New Orleans but people were blinded by their hate for the Lakers. 

We understand though Mr. wanted CP3 in New York anyway.

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:37 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Nothing about this deal is good for the Rockets, they are clearly on the losing end of the stick on this one.  If you think Gasol is that much more of a player than Scola or Martin, much less both of them and a 1st round pick, you are flat crazy.

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:32 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Lakers can try and get all the players they want. The have the most horrid NBA coach you can get! hahahaha

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:23 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

you are ILL-informed. nice try though.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:18 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Hate the Lakers all you want but its not gonna stop guys from wanting to play there.  If they dont get CP3 in a trade, they will get either him or Howard as Free Agents next year...or maybe both?  If they get CP3 and not Howard, they'll make a run at Blake Griffin in a few years.  Its LA and its where free agents want to play.   

Since: Sep 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:15 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

More proof that Stern thinks he is God.  He has got to be the worst commissioner in sports.  He operates like a dictator.  This is why the NBA is the worst pro sport to watch.  Stern's heavy hand.

Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:11 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Listen dope Stern works for the owners he does what they tell him to do.  The owners are trying to attract a new owner for this team this was a very bad trade loaded with back-ups for a star.  They will trade CP3 at seasons end that is the only way he gets a raise & a 5th year on his contract he will not leave 31 million on the table that's alot.  There will be a better trade out there this one is not it.  His value will only go up & a new owner won't be left with a team full of scraps but CHRIS PAUL will not walk he likes money & a trade will be worked out & who Knows this team might win!!!

Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:08 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

What I like is that the small market teams are really showing everyone how pathetic they really are. They blame the Lakers, Celtics and Knicks for their problems. It's not the Lakers fault that the Caviliers decided NOT to trade for Amare Staudimire last year and instead go after Antwan Jamison. IS THAT THE LAKERS FAULT?

Is it the Lakers fault that Michael Jordan dumped all his money into the Charlotte team and didn't have any additional financial investors with big money to go in with him. IS THAT THE LAKERS FAULT?

Loser teams with loser front offices want to blame anybody but themselves for their problems. This hate by the small market teams for the big market teams is starting to tear this league apart. 

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