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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: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:47 pm
 

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

the only reason i clicked on this article was to see how a trade can be Nixed by the league/owners that quickly and the only basketball worth watching is of course College as they play for the love of the game and yes of course in addition to getting a career doing what they love most. NBA has really gone down in my eyes over the years 



Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:43 pm
 

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

You took the words right out of my mouth!!! I was so excited for an entire year without the NBA 
 



Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:42 pm
 

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

I am soooo perplexed and disappointed how this trade didnt come through.. ANYONE SAYING this is a big market gauging on small market teams doesnt know a thing about basketball..   THE LA LAKERS,  were trading away two premier players from their championship team in Odom and Gasol.  In return they were going to get a premier pointguard considering Fisher is an ancient and should be coming off the bench.. 

I have mixed feelings about losing both Gasol and Odom in a trade to attain Paul, but I understand the bigger picture because it would open up salary on the Lakers squad to go after Howard..  So if the NBA is listening, and other owners are crying, let this trade go through is what I say, NOT because its a bad trade, considerign Houston gets themselves a top players in Paul Gasol, and Charlotte gets the former 6th man of the year award winner and versitile player in Lamar Odom, as well as three other players AND A FIRST ROUND PICK....


LIKE HOLY CRAP BATMAN AND ROBIN HOOOD, CAN THIS TRADE BE ANY MORE FAIR than it was...  As a Lakers fan I'm still in shock that management would dump both Odom, and Gasol before Artest, but I'm just a fan of basketball that KNOWS a thing or two about having faith in the bigger pitcure..    Feel free to comment on this



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:37 pm
 

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Stern should be fired over this situation. This wrong on so many accounts. Legally CP3 will just have to with the players assocaition and look @ his options. Good luck Mr Stern you double dribbled on this one.........



Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:36 pm
 

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

The NBA and hockey are not mutually exclusive.  If you don't like basketball you shouldn't watse your time reading stories about basketball then posting comments about basketball.  



Since: Oct 18, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:33 pm
 

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Complete bullspit. Why can't the lakers give up two star players for one? But any other dam team can.. And why cheat CP3, hes an elite player that deserves a shot at a ring, just like melo, lebrick, and all the other players who joined powerhouses.

I HOPE we get Dwight and shit on everyone in the league! 



Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:32 pm
 

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

If this is the way it ends up; the deal is in fact dead, then the league may as well take over every team and run every team.  The league has no legitimate business stopping Hornets management from making the best it can make to protect/reshape it's assets.  Owners flexing their influence on this trade have a conflict of interest, simple as that.   If the owners don't think the new rules properly embrace small market teams, it's quite simple, they shouldn't have signed the agreement. 

Sounds like some fans and owners want the CBA to take over the NBA, CBA being Communist Basketball Association.  The Hornets have a player who will leave after next season with no return.  The package they will receive is quite handsome.  This has NOTHING to do with small market team versus big market team, it has to do with a team needing to get something for an asset and two other teams able to supply fair value.  I think the fans who are aginst the trade just don't want to see the Lakers extend their competitive future with Paul and possibly Howard, but if it's within the rules the league has no business getting involved except to record the trade.





Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:31 pm
 

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Who gives a s***. My goal is to watch less than one minute of the NBA (changing channels and seeing one second of a game before I continue should not exceed one total minute for the year) and watch over 100 NHL games. Go Hawks. That's the Chicago Blackhawks, not the Atlanta Hawks.



Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:31 pm
 

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Who gives a s***. My goal is to watch less than one minute of the NBA (changing channels and seeing one second of a game before I continue should not exceed one total minute for the year) and watch over 100 NHL games. Go Hawks. That's the Chicago Blackhawks, not the Atlanta Hawks.



Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:30 pm
 

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

I bet every team whose owner who opposed this trade offered a trade for Chris Paul. Wonder if it would be conflict of interest if their team got Paul.

Conflict of interest= Vetoing a trade involving 3 other teams because it doesn't help your team.


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