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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: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:06 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

Stern wants a Champion in NY.  If Paul goes anywhere with Sterns approval, it will be NY.  Stern needs to go, and needs to go NOW.............

Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:05 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

i think this statement pretty much says it all...  

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

stern/owners looking to REALLY maximize their return via their collective hornets ownership.  i thought the trade originally agreed to was GREAT for the hornets, assuming the first round pick from NYK was actually included.

politics, sour grapes and self-importance at their worst...or finest?  guess we'll find out soon enough who was willing to take the biggest-over-the-barrel-cucumbering

to land cp3

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:59 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

The NBA is a joke, we all know that.  I've never seen a commish run a league like a complete dictator.  I'm sure along the way it's been close but no way can Stern approve any team now to acquire Paul.  Wilbon said it best, if Milwaukee or Indiana wanted him you think he'd veto it?  And to lie to fans face RIGHT after a lock out ended?  Dude, retire already.  Retire before you ruin whatever legacy you had.  And look at these hypocrital cry baby owners.  Cuban himself said it for years he wanted to trade for Paul yet he cries and whines, stomps his feet saying it's not fair.  Then we got Gilbert.  Really would like to smack that guy.  He's pure scum people.  And for fk sakes be and man and quit hiding behind a computer and a pen/paper.  Talk about acting like a 2yr old still bitter over Lebron. When in fact this moron tried to get Bosh and Wade to come there!!  Bet he wouldn't be b!tchin now would he?  Fact is, Stern the NBA is what it is, BIGGER than you!  What get's me even more is this guy says the league is better off with Paul in a Hornets uni?  Oh you mean when he leaves NOLA with NOTHING on July 1st?  This trade is beyond fair for them.  And DA Gilbert LA would use that money to secure Paul long term you moron. 

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:46 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

You laker fans do realize that the Lakers will probably have to include Bynum as well to make this trade work. Would you be for that? I think the league realized that the lakers would be saving 20 million on their cap with this trade and would use it for Howard. 

Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:31 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

David Stern caving in to the likes of Dan Gilbert on this one will be remembered as a low point in Stern's tenure as NBA Commish.  I am sick of Dan Gilbert; he behaved atrociously after LeBron left and now is whining about trades that do not involve his team.  This guy made his money being a sub-prime lending reptile and now he has the audacity to act like he has the best interests of the NBA in mind.  When Dan Gilbert does anything for the best interest of anything other than Dan Gilbert's wallet alert the media. 

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:30 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

dont forget the nba (stern) is running the hornets because of their bankruptcy or whatever it was a little while ago
As long as the NBA own the Hornets, Chris Paul won't be traded anywhere.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:28 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

"Odom past his prime" "Odom washed up" - You know nothing about basketball. 6th man of the year, near 7 foot ball handler, amazing rebounder, shoots the three and drives. The rest of your argument was valid but as far as your assumption on Odom, you're DEAD wrong.
It would be interesting to see what Odom could do on a team in the starting lineup... but he still does get pretty good minutes, 14.4 PPG and 8.7 rebounds last year, Tyson Chandler had less points per game and around the same amount of boards and is getting a 15 million dollar deal from the Knicks.

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:28 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

It would be great if the NBAs were not being run by a know-it-all wannabe commissioner supposedly working for the best interest of those 29 NBA owner's of New Orleans.  Those owners are paying you and that team nobody seems to want at David's equally crazy price.  If you wanna be an emo douche about supposed ethics you are an idiot.  No wonder the nerd loser Stern earns only 10 million and less in the future.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:25 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

If the NBA owns the club, how was the deal even being offered then? Doesn't ownership have to approve a deal before it is made?

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:22 pm

Report: Chris Paul to Lakers trade talks resume

On one hand, I applaud Stern for nixing this deal out of principle. However, what the hell legal basis does he have to do so? If the CBA allows it and it helps the Hornets get value for CP3 instead of losing him, then he has a fiduciary responsibility to do that for the team.

 I agree that it's "bad for basketball", but if it's within the rules then how the hell can he just arbitrarily say no?  If he's doing so out of concern for the best interest of the Hornets, he's off base; it's a great deal for them.  Its the the Lakers that are taking a chance, and Houston would just get screwed while clearing cap space for next year's crop.  I mean seriously - do they expect to build a team around Gasol?

Further, I agree that the other owners should be pissed, but they should be pissed at themselves.  They were just in the midst of a lockout and could have demanded more stringent salaray cap restrictions as part of the CBA.  Had they done that, then there is a good chance that the deal wouldn't even be in consideration.  If you asked me, I think they should have pushed for less BRI and a firmer cap.  Certainly there are enough teams not in the Super Team club that would like to ahve an opportunity to comepete that they could have blocked the deal until they got one that was more fair.

The Warriors just sold for $450 million last year and the ownership is trying desperately to throw money at putting together a championship roster.  They wanted Chandler, Paul, Nene, etc.  They were reportedly serious contenders and wanted to offer solid value, but CP3 wanted LA and dictated that.  If they cap has structured (hard cap) so that he'd be leaving millions on the table to go to LA, then he would be looking at other teams.  

The Lakers are the NY Yankees of the NBAl, but it's the other owners that enable and empower them to use their financial strength to gain a competitive advantage.  If they would man up and not agree to the CBA, the players absolutely would capitulate and we'd have a much more exciting league not dominated by the wealthy few.

Maybe we should have occupy the NBA office.  As a Warriors fan, "I am the 99%."

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