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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: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:29 pm
 

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

People who say this deal wouldn't be that bad for the Hornets just don't understand how you win in the NBA.  A good rule of thumb is that the team who gets the best player gets the better end of the deal.  Lakers would have had the best deal, followed by the Rockets, and the Hornets would be a team stuck without a star player.  Role players are a dime a dozen in the NBA, it's all about your star players.



Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:29 pm
 

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Whch of thr players are FA's in this deal?



Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:26 pm
 

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Nix free agent signings without a franchise tag would be Illegal. In a court of law .



Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:26 pm
 

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Nix free agent signings without a franchise tag would be Illegal. In a court of law .



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:24 pm
 

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

This is the worst NBA "league" descision in history. It is collusion, and alters the natural way the league flows when such deals are created and executed. This proves the NBA and all major sports are a true monoploy. Not even to mention the pandora's box of feelings each team is faced with. Poor rockets, poor hornets.

Face it, smaller market teams suffer because of cheap ass owners who havn't figured out how to fill seats. period.

Had they spent the money wisely in marketing, coaching and wise draft picks, then it wouldn't matter what market size the team is in, (points to the Los Angeles Clipers). The smaller market owners keep their team in smallville, with small minded moves, in fact they create their own reality and then go cry about it. Chris Paul would't help a small market team win because he could not do it on his own, he neads a coach(ching), supporting cast of players (ching ching) and an owner who will bankroll a team to keep it competitive(ching ching ching). Small market team owners act like " broke ass busters " who barley had enough to buy a team because it is in a small market and not the bank roll to be competitive, in business, marketing and promotion as well as on the court.

I am saddened by David Stern, who now must go. Thanks for the lock out, Dave.


 



Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:24 pm
 

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

stern can not nix free agent signings as long as they are under the salary cap , but he can nix trades that are unbalanced.... Wonder how gasol and odam are going to like playing with L.A. Now. Lol



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:24 pm
 

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

I am confused.  Last year the heat were allowed to stack the table and still joked which was great.  But now LA actually gives up two great players to get one and it get nixed?  Wtf is wrong with this league.



Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:23 pm
 

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Funny how the Heat can sign anyone they want, but the Lakers can't.  Double standard?  This was bull$hit and all of you know it.  Not only did the Lakers get screwed with not getting Paul, but now they have to deal with Gasol and Odom knowing that the Lakers were ready to unload them.  Pure B.S.  Just give the title to LBJ and the Heat, you know you want to NBA!




Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:22 pm
 

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Small market teams serving as minor leagues for big market teams?  Is this a baseball article?  Oh no, they actually were getting some proven players in return.  And the league killed it?  If they were getting a bag of balls in return Bud Selig would let it go through.



Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:21 pm
 

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

It It's in the best interests of the game like major league baseball the commissioner has the right to veto ant trades in the best interest of the game in 1976. The Boston redox acquired joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers for cash , the commish squashed that trade because it would have made the redsox unbeatable for a few years .....


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