Blog Entry

Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:26 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 8:32 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverkobe-chris-paul

Less than 24 hours after NBA commissioner David Stern stepped in to veto a 3-team trade that would have sent New Orleans Hornets All-Star point guard to the Los Angeles Lakers, the three sides have reportedly resumed talking.

Yahoo Sports reports, with confirmation from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, that the Hornets, Lakers and Houston Rockets are re-engaged in trade talks in an attempt to "find a new way" to consummate a trade that would have sent Lakers All-Star big man Pau Gasol to the Rockets and Lakers forward Lamar Odom to the Hornets, along with Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic and other considerations. 

The three sides had reportedly agreed to a framework earlier on Thursday before word broke that Stern killed the deal in his role as overseer of the league-owned Hornets. The NBA initially said the trade had been vetoed for "basketball reasons" and issued a full statement on Friday morning.

"We decided, free from the influence of other NBA owners, that the team was better served with Chris in a Hornets uniform than by the outcome of the terms of that trade," Stern's statement read.

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert sent a letter to Stern that called the proposed trade a "travesty" while players criticized Stern for stepping in to block the trade.

According to the New York Times
, the league would like the Hornets to get a "better, younger package," to ensure long-term success.

Paul reportedly threatened not to attend the opening of Hornets training camp on Friday, but eventually showed up. ESPN.com reports that Odom showed up late to Lakers camp, met with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and then left without participating.
Comments

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:44 am
 

Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

Michael Monar says:

This is from a player's point of view.  Anytime Owners mistreat their Employees, it harkens back to slavery.  I can assure you, if slavery was legal, the owners of every business in America would be in on it.  In this case the players make really good money but they still don't own the means of production, do they?
Michael your history is sadly wanting. Since the country went through a significant time when slavery was legal, still a significant number of businesses did not have slaves. In history there were a significant number of Americans willing to die to stop slavery. That was a conflict known as the Civil War. Those opposed to slavery won that war.

For everyone else on this thread refering to slavery, it appears to be a reference which is completely inappropriate (as said by many.) The racist statement made by Jeffrey Kessler in the negotiations probably cost the players at least 1% of BRI by his omission from the final negotiation team. The NBA is not slavery. It is an employer which is offering more money per union employee than any other employer in American history. Choose to sign with the NBA - get traded without your consent. Choose to play in a minor league  -  get traded with your consent only. Chose the money in the NBA and expect your contract to be treated for what it is - either an asset or a liability and handled as such. So who decides if it is an asset or liability? You, the player, decide by your play and off court conduct. We hope that every contract signed this week will end up an asset. History says more than half will be the opposite.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:31 am
 

Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

I hope the NBA sticks to its guns and continues to veto this trade.  Nowhere in the real world do employee's dictate to owners where they will work. 
Umm, yes people do dictate where they work in the real world. Let's say that Paul worked for a marketing firm instead of the Hornets. Let's say he was excellent at his job. Other marketing firms knew of his reputation, saw his work and were interested in hiring him. What would happen? Paul would field job offers from all of the competition marketing firms and decide where he wanted to take a job. He woud leverage these job offers and get the best pay and benefit package and work situation for himself. That is the real world.

The NBA is not the real world. This fact hurts Paul and does not help him. If this was the real world, he would just contact the Knicks and take a job there. He does not have that right. That is what is bogus. I do not want to see the Lakers get better, but your argument is not valid in the slightest.





Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:22 am
 

Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

... but if the NBA were a publicly traded company, David Stern's tenure as CEO would have been over a long time ago!! Laughing



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:21 am
 

Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

This is from a player's point of view.  Anytime Owners mistreat their Employees, it harkens back to slavery.  I can assure you, if slavery was legal, the owners of every business in America would be in on it.  In this case the players make really good money but they still don't own the means of production, do they?

  How many points did Dr. Jerry and Jennie Buss score last year?  The boxscore says "zero".
Chris Paul made almost 15 million in salary last year. That does not include all his endorsements. If this is what you call slavery, I want to be a slave. Correct me if I am wrong, but nobody is forcing Chris Paul to play in the NBA. He could play elsewhere or start a new career.






Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:20 am
 

Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

If slavery were legal, we would all buy stock in it once the slave company went public.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:17 am
 

Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

With NHL realignment - the NBA has become sport number 4 if it can hold on to that even.    Keep your 5 main teams and let the rest of us get out of this pathetic league.




Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:07 am
 

Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

I can assure you, if slavery was legal, the owners of every business in America would be in on it.
A wee bit of hyperbole, 'eh?  




Well maybe not.  I still haven't made as much as I made in 2008 and my 401k is gone, come to think of it.





Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:01 am
 

Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

So Chris Paul is a Good Toby and plays his *** off for the Hornets this year
This is from a player's point of view.  Anytime Owners mistreat their Employees, it harkens back to slavery.  I can assure you, if slavery was legal, the owners of every business in America would be in on it.  In this case the players make really good money but they still don't own the means of production, do they?

  How many points did Dr. Jerry and Jennie Buss score last year?  The boxscore says "zero".



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:44 pm
 

Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

Please tell me I didn't just read you calling a black man a "Good Toby".  Wow.  You need to flash forward a few centuries.  Or at the least a few decades. 



Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:38 pm
 

Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

easy the nba can decide because they own the hornets , and the commish can veto any trade in the best interests of the game , just like baseball did when Charlie Finley tried to sell half his 3 best players to redsox in 76 ( vida blue , Rollie fingers and joe Rudi ) ..... Doesn't matter anyway the Lakers are getting old and the new star is Blake Griffin not the rapist anymore


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com