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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, 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. reports that Odom showed up late to Lakers camp, met with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and then left without participating.

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:52 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

Really? Free from the influence of the other owners? You mean the crybaby from Cleveland? Now are the owners going to cry every time a big name player is traded? I've never seen so many multi-millionaires crying about the balance of the league. It use to be that nobody wanted to play in Dallas or San Antonio. But when you have ownership that is willing to bring in the kind of players you need for success, then magically players want to play there. So stop whinning, and either spend what you need to build a winner or sell the team to somebody that wants to win.
Is it possible for David Stern to look like a spineless worm more than he has in the last 24 hours? Your time is over David. So is the way you do business. Every national package for the NBA is all about Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas, San Antonio the same teams every year. You can bet your bottom dollar that those teams will be on National TV more than the rest of the league combined. News Flash: If you want your game to grow, it might be nice to include some of the other teams, more than once. There are great players in Oklahoma City, Memphis, Atlanta. They deserve more respect than to only be on National TV when they play the "BIG TEAMS". There are many people in this country that DON'T want to see Miami vs Boston or LA everytime they turn on the television.

Since: Jun 24, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:52 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

This league is a joke, the players dictate where they want to be traded and in some way force the issue.  The rich get richer while the rest of the teams suck.  No parity at all.  Any time you trade talented players for used up old veterans, cap space, and draft picks it smells fishy to me.  Odom is garbage on the court with a horrible contract.  Gasol is just soft.  Nothing outside of Kobe worth anything on the Lakers roster.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:51 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

I just don't understand why they try to stop players from doing what they want to do, you can't force somebody to stay somewhere they don't want to be, what is this North Korea? I admit the whole big market star studded team thing probably isn't good for basketball but it's the PLAYER'S decision to do whatever the hell they want to do.

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:31 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

As for blocking the trade, it's like everyone else says:  this wasn't a bad trade for any of the 3 teams.  Paul is gonna walk after this season, so get SOMETHING for him.  Since the owners collectively own the Hornets, this might be the worst example of collusion in professional sports in a long, long time.  Want proof the end of the lockout was a joke?  Here you go!

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:27 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

Ditto.  I want to see Odom start.  He'll be awesome, and anyone who doubts that can't be obviously doesn't watch enough basketball.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:27 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

agreed hornets will suffer from this not going thru!

Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:23 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

David Stern should retire.  That trade should of been able to go through.  It hurts the league and hurts the Hornets in the Long Run, as CP3 will just do a Lebron next year and the Hornets wont have anything to show for it but worst team in the league.   This is best for Hornets future and it's next owner as well.  David Stern should explain why he did this and who paid him off....  I see a lawsuit coming shortly if this isn't done soon...   And I am not a Laker fan either just think it is good deal for all teams as the Hornets will get zero next year as CP3 said he would walk.....   NBA isn't fantastic and Stern needs to think about the Fans not a couple envious owners who are not apart of the deal or his huge inflated ego.....

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:18 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

David stern has replaced frank McCourt as the most hated person in Los Angeles. People are so mad he cannot go to LA without fear for his safety. His bias against the lakers is obvious and laker fans are enraged (not to mention sports fans in general). Oh and mark Cuban, you should have thought before you stuck your foot in your mouth about the Paul trade. No one wants you as dodgers owner now idiot.

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:14 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

I've said it a million times.  David Stern is POISON for the NBA.  Besides riding the wave of success from the Magic/Bird, and MJ era, Stern has done nothing but water down the league, selling out for quick dollars and sacrificing long term integrity and quality of the Sport.  It's come around full circle, and he tries to make the players the scapegoat.

This latest stunt with vetoing a trade that actually may have hurt the Lakers (by depleting them of just about all their size), just to stop them from "possibly" becoming dominant again has no rhyme or reason.  Chris Paul IS GOING TO LEAVE THE F'ING HORNETS STERN, AND THIS GAVE THEM SOME TALENT IN RETURN!   Id love it now if he plays out his year, and leaves with the Hornets getting absolutely nothing.  I don't get the veto, and since when does the commissioner step in to prevent trades? Especially trades where the risk is equal on both ends? Is this fantasy league, a dictatorship, or a business Stern?  

Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:11 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

I guess that David Stern thinks that the Hornets will be much better off when Chris Paul leaves after the year via free agency and they get absolutely nothing in return.

It amazes me that every one but David Stern gets that point.

The Lakers are giving up 2 all-star players and lose alot of size in this deal. The Hornets get 3 starting players, a back up point guard and a first round pick.

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