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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: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:06 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Welcome to the Communist NBA... only people who like what happened are Laker haters.  I'm done with the NBA and David Hitler Stern

Since: Jul 15, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:04 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Good for Stern and the NBA!!!!  Real tired of the league "proppin" up da Lakers for decades cause you know they're the Lakers...they cant the 70s after Chamberlain left a convienient deal with da Bucks for Kareem....then the ridiculous trades that enabled them to draft Magic and Worthy....Mychal Thompson fleecin the Spurs....and of course da same Hornets team draftin Kobe and then tradin him to L.A. for a bag of basketballs cause that's where Kobe wanted to go.....ENUFF IS ENUFF....sorry Lakers fans but its time to suffer.....ur team is gettin real old fast and u know it.....and for all the youngins who think im nuts go look up NBA history....the lakers have missed da playoffs 6 times in 60 years(something like that) aint a coincidence believe me.....berger has it right.....same old NBA noone learned anything from this lockout....BUSINESS AS USUAL

Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:01 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

"Sources told that Toronto and Miami are expected to finalize a sign-and-trade for Bosh by week's end. The Raptors would receive draft picks and a trade exception and Bosh would be able to land a six-year deal instead of five years thanks to the deal, according to sources."

Free agent or not, it was still a trade.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:00 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

What does Charlotte have to do with this trade and learn to spell, reading your post gave me a headache

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:00 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

, the trade wasn't too bad, but please don't CAPITALIZE that whole first round pick thing like it was a big deal. That would have been the last, or second to last pick in the 1st round, unless it was Houston's 1st rounder. As far as Lakers mgmt "dumping" Odom and Gasol instead of're kidding right? 

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:00 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

This is why the NBA should NOT own a team. That was probably the best trade the Hornets were going to get but the NBA doesnt want to piss anybody off so they nix it. Now the Chris Paul drama will play out all season and if he isnt traded he leaves and the Hornets get nothing. Jus sell the team to the highest bider and if they want to move it let em, anything is better than the NBA owning a team

Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:55 pm

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Hearing about small market teams not having a chance is starting to get old!  Maybe these small market teams just need big pocket owners who are willing to spend money on big money players!!!

Since: Aug 19, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:54 pm

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

You are right on that Stern should be fired over this.  Of course, should have been fired after he allowed
the suspensions of key Suns players after Robert Horry mugged Steve Nash a few years ago, thereby
sending the undeserving Spurs to the NBA finals.  And of course, he should have been fired after allowing
the Seattle SuperSonics to be kidnapped to Okie City.  Since he kept his job after those two major
league screw-ups, I'm betting he keeps his job after this as well.  Stern is by far the most incompetent,
dictatorial commissioner in the major league sports.  Here's hoping the owners finally get sick of him
and put him where he should have gone years ago - out to pasture.

Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:54 pm

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Not sure, but weren't LBJ and Bosh acquired by a sign and TRADE deal?  Actually can't remember, but I know at least one of them was signed in this manner.  Doesn't that mean that the NBA actually could have nixed it if they wanted to because it would have been a trade.  The NBA managed to piss me off with a lock out after an awesome playoffs and now they do this.  Can't wait for March Madness!  I hope the Lakers shove this up the NBA's you know what and win it all.

And fgump...GO CAPS!  Cool

Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:51 pm

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Thank God all those Kardashian shows won't be ruined !!!

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