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Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:49 am
Edited on: December 9, 2011 10:21 am
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Posted by Ben Golliverdan-gilbert

You knew he wouldn't be cool with this. You knew he wouldn't be cool with this at all.

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has solidified himself as a staunch hard-line owner since All-Star forward LeBron James bailed on his team and "take his talents" to the Miami Heat. Following James' decision, Gilbert penned a letter trashing his former star for his disloyalty, garnering national headlines.

The NBA's latest superstar-driven controversy erupted on Thursday, and Gilbert managed to carve out a starring role for himself in the theatre of the absurd. The New Orleans Hornets attempted to trade All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers in a three-team deal, only to have NBA commissioner David Stern veto the move according to CBSSports.com's Ken Berger. Stern was able to veto the move because the NBA bought the Hornets and Stern serves as the de facto owner and NBA spokesman Tim Frank said that the "league office declined to make the trade for basketball reasons."

Yahoo Sports obtained a letter written by Gilbert to Stern on Thursday, decrying the potential trade as a "travesty" and requesting that the NBA's owners be allowed to vote on it. Gilbert criticized the deal because he believed it would provide the Lakers with the "best player" and significant financial relief. 
Over the next three seasons this deal would save the Lakers approximately $20 million in salaries and approximately $21 million in luxury taxes. That $21 million goes to non-taxpaying teams and to fund revenue sharing.

I cannot remember ever seeing a trade where a team got by far the best player in the trade and saved over $40 million in the process. And it doesn’t appear that they would give up any draft picks, which might allow to later make a trade for Dwight Howard. (They would also get a large trade exception that would help them improve their team and/or eventually trade for Howard.) When the Lakers got Pau Gasol (at the time considered an extremely lopsided trade) they took on tens of millions in additional salary and luxury tax and they gave up a number of prospects (one in Marc Gasol who may become a max-salary player).

I just don’t see how we can allow this trade to happen. I know the vast majority of owners feel the same way that I do. When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?
The Washington Generals, of course, are the always-beaten exhibition opponents of the Harlem Globetrotters. Essentially, Gilbert is saying, the NBA just spend the last five months in a lockout in an effort to improve competitive-balance. Watching the face of a small-market franchise bolt to one of the nation's largest cities and richest teams would undercut those efforts and the league shouldn't go along with it. He's entitled to his opinion, and certainly he's correct in stating that a vast majority of the league's owners would be unhappy watching Paul join Kobe Bryant in a ridiculously talented backcourt.

But NBA trades aren't made in the best interests of all. They should be made in the best interests of the individual owners involved, and Stern personally opened up this can of worms when he pushed for the NBA to buy back the Hornets. He's undercutting New Orleans' basketball decision-makers, he's throwing the futures of multiple players up into the air and he's handcuffing at least three teams -- and potentially more -- on the eve of the free agency period. It's total chaos and he owes the NBA, its teams and its players a full explanation of his decision-making process and what the plan is moving forward.
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Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:05 am
 

Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

Stern had no choice.  This trade in no way, shape , or form was in the best interests of the NBA.  Is the decision fair to CP3, New Orleans, Houston, and the other players involved.  The answer is a resounding NO, but nothing about the NBA is fair.  Players manipulating their teams into trading them to teams that they want to play for is not fair.  The ridiculous amount of revenue available to the Lakers as compared to small market teams is also not fair.  Having a handfull of teams with the bulk of the superstars competing for a championship while the rest sit and watch is not a good idea nor is it fair.  Stern had no choice. 



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:54 am
 

Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

Since when is Dan Gilbert the voice of the NBA? David Stern needs to grow a pair of balls and tell Gilbert to blank off.

New Orleans got a great deal.  Paul and the Lakers will sue Stern and the NBA. What PR is that Mr. Commish?



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:54 am
 

Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

Since when is Dan Gilbert the voice of the NBA? David Stern needs to grow a pair of balls and tell Gilbert to blank off.

New Orleans got a great deal.  Paul and the Lakers will sue Stern and the NBA. What PR is that Mr. Commish?



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:54 am
 

Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

Since when is Dan Gilbert the voice of the NBA? David Stern needs to grow a pair of balls and tell Gilbert to blank off.

New Orleans got a great deal.  Paul and the Lakers will sue Stern and the NBA. What PR is that Mr. Commish?



Since: Sep 26, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:45 am
 

Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

If you can't afford to be in the league then sell the team you cheap bastard!


What an ignorant comment.  Gilbert is extrememly wealthy, a successful business owner, and spends money like a fish.  Anyone familiar with his dealings knows he is anything but "cheap".



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:45 am
 

Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

You know, before the start of last season people were saying 'Good for you, Dan!' 'You show that uppity LeBron!'

Yeah. Gilbert's a total self serving D. And the more he scorches the earth the less chance he has of ANY player of worth ever playing for his horrible team.



Since: Sep 26, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:43 am
 

Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

The NBA is in shambles.  The competitive balance is heavily skewed (and has been for years).  And the league can blame itself AND its spoiled players.  Until these problems are solved, the NBA will always be the "third sport" in America.  Americans can not identify with this league.  Its the same 6-7 teams attracting the same "me-first, gonna play on a big-city semi-all-star team" players and for the other 20 some markets the interest is sub-par.

Fix it!  Start with forcing the players to adhere to competitive balance guidelines!



Since: Dec 23, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:38 am
 

Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

If you can't afford to be in the league then sell the team you cheap bastard! This only hurts the Hornets not helps them, CP3 will be gone next year and they will end up like the Cavs.... out of the playoffs. So NY, NJ, Chi, Mia, etc the big team markets cannot make trades to better their team? That's what the NBA just established, and if you think another trade gets done between Orlando and NJ for Dwight Howard expect the Lakers to go Al Davis and sue the league. Lakers are not just a big market team, they are also smarter than Gilbert will ever be. Nobody will want to go to Cleveland after this puss out.



Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:22 am
 

Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

Cheap I dont know but you explain why the NBA stops a team from one lowering its cap by letting two of the reasons it has back to back rings Gasol and Odom were vital to the run and I hate to disappoint you the Lakers can and will make another run with those two on the team the lock put gave a team gthat had been in the finals 4 yrs straight a chance to really rest. I saw the deal and NO got the best of it all yes they have to take on some salary but if you want to win in the league you have to spend cash. The Lakers were shortened they lose 2 and get one  this is not baseball or football where you can cover areas with numbers your five have to matchup with the other five sooner or later flaws show I felt for Gilbert win Lebron left I understood his frustration and he vented ok fine but now just sit down and shut up people are funny when its to our benifit its ok to do things but if it puts us at a disadvantage we dont likeit



Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:18 am
 

Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

When I first heard that the NBA had blocked this deal I was completely dumbfounded and in agreement with the 'Bring in the Clowns' headline. After looking at Gilbert's point about the Lakers receiving an elite talent and reducing their payroll and their revenue share obligation I am a bit conflicted. From the Lakers point of view it is a masterful manipulation of their assets from both a financial and player perspective. It also does put them in position to add another player like Howard in the near future. But I do see the small market teams' concerns. They just wasted a lot of time locking out the players if the new agreement does not adequately address the competitive issues the NBA faces. It is obvious from this mess that the NBA needs to sell the Hornets ASAP before they ruin it for new ownership. 


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