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New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:57 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 5:09 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverkobe-bryant-chris-paul

Update 5:05 p.m.: Yahoo Sports reports that in the revised trade, Houston will be sending more young players to New Orleans. This is going to get tight with the money and for Houston post-trade. 


Take two!

Two days 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 sent in a new proposal to the league office for consideration. reports that the Hornets, Lakers and Houston Rockets have crafted a new deal for Stern to consider, although the full details are not yet immediately known. Yahoo Sports reports that the Houston Rockets would send Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and a draft pick to New Orleans, as they had in the original offer, but that deal tweaks will occur between the Lakers and Hornets. The original proposal had the Lakers sending forward Lamar Odom to the Hornets and All-Star big man Pau Gasol to the Rockets.

Ken Berger of confirms that a "framework of revamped trade agreement" has been reached among the parties and that it is now "pending approval of the commissioner." Berger reports that the Rockets' role in the trade is "virtually unchanged," with Houston receiving Gasol in exchange for the package going to New Orleans. He also confirms that the deal tweaks will come between Los Angeles and New Orleans.

The New York Times reported on Friday that the league urged the Hornets to get a "better, younger package" in exchange for Paul to ensure long-term success for the struggling franchise. 

Talks then resumed, with Berger reporting late Friday night that the three sides continued to work into the night, with sources saying that the deal "still had a chance."

Those talks picked up where earlier talks had left off, as 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.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 5:31 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

It's one thing to blow up and have a hissy-fit when LeDouche James screws your team over, but it's another to complain when a trade happens in the league because Cleveland isn't the draw L.A. is. Stern needs to grow a backbone and let trades happen even if small market teams bitch and complain. Any team can be attractive to play for if they spend the money.

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 5:31 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

Give it up.  NO is about the 50th largest metro, shrinking and surviving on federal and state aid.  The franchise belongs in any of a dozen cities ahead of there.  It's a beautiful and charming city, but just doesn't have the money or people.

Otherwise, the deal is dumb but, hey, everybody involved in a big boy.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:50 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

If the deal doesnt go through the lakers should still do the trade with houston, basically houston is giving the hornets Scola, Martin Dragic and a draft pick for gasol so why not just give that trade straight to the lakers? That way the lakers get to keep Odom, kind of sounds like a no brainer to me. Dragic isnt amazing but is faster on defense then fisher, Lakers starting 5 Bynum, Scola, Martin, Kobe, Dragic, Bench Artest, Barnes, Odom The lakers badly needed extra scoring and Martin averaged almost 24 points a game last year and Scola only averaged 2 rebounds less then gasol last season and just a half point less per game.

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:49 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

David stern really dropped the ball on this new orleans deal. When katrina hit. And the hornets came to oklahoma city. The same ownership group that bought the seatle supersonics wanted to buy the hornets and keep them in oklahoma city. Stern blocked the deal citing that he wanted the hornets in new orleans. So they bought the supersonics and moved them to oklahoma City. So he makes the hornets move back to new orleans after katrina. Just able to support a football team and you move them back to pretty much lose money. Now the nba had to buy the hornets from  goerge shin. His decision making is horrible. From the lock out to the hornets deal. The cavs owner is right business as usual. All for nothing

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:47 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

David Stern did not act appropriately for vetoing the deal and deserves all the heat he is catching.  That being said, this deal is not good for the Hornets. 

Yes, they get 3 starters and a draft pick, but what does the future hold for them?  Their payroll will actually go up and while they have a shot at making the playoffs with their current roster, they have no shot at contending.  Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and Lamar Odom make up a good enough core to beat the bad teams, but not to beat the good ones regularly. 

What happens to the Hornets if the trade is allowed?  They will be around the middle of the West standings for the next few years, but will not have cap space to sign a difference maker and will continue to be mired in mediocrity.  If they blow the team up completely and let Chris Paul and David West walk, at least they will have a chance to build through the draft.  The blue print for small market success is to hit big on a couple lottery picks and build around them like OKC has done and the Spurs before them.  

Don't be naive enough to think that this deal will make the Hornets relevant.  They will be better served in the long term by going through the rebuilding process and starting over.

Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:45 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

C'mon Stern!!!!  Accept the deal already.  I want to see the Lakers choke with the best back court in NBA HISTORY!!

Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:43 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

The original Gasol trade from Memphis to L.A should have been blocked the Lakers got Gasol for nothing. That wasn't a problem?

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:36 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

If any of the owners feel the comment on the Washington Generals is true, they should make more money and
spend it to make their NBA team better. 

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:33 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

This is so phony. Stern feels he has done his duty to the owners. Now he will approve the deal.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:17 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

Why is the league allowed to step in and reject trades? 

Let the teams do whatever they want. It's their teams. Not David Sterns.

Got the NBA sucks.  
Because the Hornets are owned by the league, not David Stern. No one wants to buy the Hornets. The league wants to keep them in New Orleans. If the league wanted to relocate the team you would have a dozens of people throwing money at the league.

maybe it's time to let go of the New Orleans pipe dream and move the team. Even being competitive with Chris Paul no one goes to the games.

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