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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: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:51 pm
 

Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

it amazes me how everyone but david stern gets that point!!! quote of the day!!! nice



Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

Deal should of been approved.  David Stern is a old fool and needs to retire.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

" ... Stern killed the deal in his role as overseer of the league-owned Hornets."  If Stern is the overseer of the Hornets, why was he not consulted before the trade was made?  The answer is that he WAS consulted and caved in when a couple of the owners got on his case.  The NBA has been accused of collusion several times before ... this just confirms it.



Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:37 pm
 

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

I agree. What happens when Paul wants to go to New York? Is the league going to block that also? Big markets have always been big markets; small markets have always been small markets. Any trade between teams should be between those teams if thats what they agree to do.

It's not fair for the league to dictate which trades to allow, and which trades to block.


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Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:34 pm
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Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:30 pm
 

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

It was no surprise that when David Stern bought the Hornets, that there was going to be a major conflict of interest that would come up later?  How could there not be?  It's obvious that he doesn't want the NBA to go in the direction it's going.  They tried their best to stop the trend during the labor agreement and they didn't make that much headway changing anything. 
Even though the Heat made it to the finals, there's no long term evidence that says that kind of team building is going to work.  I'll tell you one thing:  I loved it, because they were fun to watch.  Say what you want about spoiled rotten prima-donnas (you're right) fans came in droves to watch the show.  I think if this trend continues, the league will evolve into a David and Goliath, Good vs. Evil; where Super Teams will go at it every night against low market teams.  It will motivate small market teams to play up to the caliber of the team they're playing.  Very entertaining.  The game is evolving! Embrace it!



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:04 pm
 

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

Odom is garbage on the court with a horrible contract.  Gasol is just soft.  Nothing outside of Kobe worth anything on the Lakers roster.
Said by a Cavs fan, no surprise there.



Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

the NBA is turning in to a YMCA... cause its just not far for the little teams... everyone should be the same boooowhoooo
GET OVER IT!!!  



Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

I think a good argument can be made that the Hornets should not be making ANY trades while owned by the league. Doesn't any trade made by the Hornets at this point come with the possible perception of impropriety by the league? I would say so. The Hornets trading Chris Paul to the Lakers with David Stern in charge would be like the Brewers, controlled by Bud Selig, trading Ryan Braun to the Yankees.

Its the commissioner's responsibility to protect the balance of the league. The media may love teams like the Miami Heat, but it isn't healthy for the league to have 3 teams with all the talent. The bottom line is that the league doesn't want another Big 3 put together, nor should they. Once the Lakers got Paul, they would pursue Howard, and its in the best interest of the league to block that. 



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

The Owners blocked the trade based on greed.  The Lakers shed salary, which lowers their salary cap hit.  Gasol and Odom are a huge chunk of salary. This lowering of the Lakers salary cap hit, means less distribution of wealth to the other teams that don't know do a good job of generating revenue. Of course the owner of the Cleveland Team is going to want some Laker money.  His team has gone south in revenue generation since LeBron left.


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