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NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:19 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 10:17 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverchris-paul-lakers

On the same day that reports indicated that the New Orleans Hornets had engineered a 3-team trade that would have sent All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, the trade, which also was to include the Houston Rockets, will not take place as expected.

Yahoo Sports reports that the NBA, which owns the Hornets and has veto power over all personnel moves, stepped in after prompting from unnamed NBA owners at Thursday's Board of Governors meeting.  
The NBA has killed the proposed deal to send Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources tell Yahoo! Sports. The NBA has caved to pressure from owners that the appearance of this deal, on heels of lockout, had to be stopped, sources tell Y! Sports. "The deal is off," a source involved in the talks tells Y! Sports. "It's dead." 
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirmed that the blockbuster deal is now "dead" and that the NBA "pulled the plug" on the trade.

As word of the deal's rejection spread, Paul posted a one-word message on Twitter: "Wow."

ESPN.com reported that Paul was "fuming" about the blocked deal and "exploring [his] legal options" to protest the NBA's decision with the help of National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter. 

NBA.com reported later Thursday that NBA spokesman Tim Frank issued the following statement: "Not true that owners killed the deal...League office declined to make the trade for basketball reasons."
Comments

Since: Oct 19, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:41 pm
 

NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

Glad to see the lakers not get another freebe like they did for gasol a few years back, glad to see some owners let there voice be heard



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:41 pm
 

NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

Does anyone else realize that the NBA just vetoed a trade because competitors complained? WTF?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!? REALLY!!!!! WTF IS GOING ON WITH THE NBA!!!!!!!



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:40 pm
 

NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

wow i just red that the trade was squashed by the league. dam that makes me feel a little better knowing that the lakers weren't getting cp3.



Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:39 pm
 

NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

This deal will still get done, the league can only look idiotic for so long. "We own the team so we won't make the trade." Yeah, that's a bright idea.

Yeah if they let the heat do what they did. They would look so biased and be asking for a strike if they did this.



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:39 pm
 

NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

Blood70, do you think he stays in New Orleans forever now. The NBA only survives when they have super teams. They probably just want him to go to the Knicks



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:38 pm
 

NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

Blood70, how is it good for the league? The NBA needs superstar teams, that is the only way it survives. Do you think he will stay in New Orleans forever now. Maybe the league just wants him to go to the Knicks.



Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:37 pm
 

NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

This is bizarre.  I'm thrilled the Lakers are getting boned, but it was a good trade for the Hornets.  It sucked for Houston.  So, the Hornets cannot trade Paul now and will lose him for nothing?  Are there buyers lined up for NO and the league wants to let them make the move??  This is amazing!



Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:36 pm
 

NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

So does this mean that any superstar player the Lakers try to acquire in trade will be oppossed by owners and vetoed by the Commish? WTF!!!



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:36 pm
 

NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

This deal will still get done, the league can only look idiotic for so long. "We own the team so we won't make the trade." Yeah, that's a bright idea.



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:35 pm
 

NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

 It was good for basketball, for years lakers got what they wanted and it needed to stop
 


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