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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: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:31 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.  

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:25 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

i don't think this deal should go through, the Hornets need to rebuild, not screw themselves, and be an 8th seed for the next 5 years. The Lakers shed 40 Million, and get the best PG in the game, for a 32 year old sixth man, and a soft, overrated, power forward.

I agree 100 percent, the Hornets should get more and a little younger.  I have a question for people bashing Stern.  What part of, THE HORNETS ARE CURRENTLY UNDER CONTROL OF THE NBA is hard to understand?  The league can agree with or turn down any trade offer, end of story.  It's not the fans of these boards that have to worry about finding a buyer for the Hornets, it's mainly Stern that needs to worry about that. 

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:24 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

The process shows the difficulty and potential conflict of the league owning a team on the one hand and then having to adjudicate league activities in an impartial manner in the other. 

The gentlemen who were hired by the league to run the team apparently thought they had the power to make trades and sign players, otherwise the trade probably wouldn't have been discussed publicly before the league (aka commissioner) stepped in to block it. 

So actually the commissioner at least gives the appearance in this case of an owner with the last say to block a trade engineered by his General Manager.  Yet he is still commissioner when he's doing this.  It raises questions about whether the league can adjudicate matters related to this team fairly when it owns the team. 

There appeared to be nothing wrong with the first deal from a procedural matter.  The commissioner is wearing two hats here and they don't fit.  This team should be sold.  The league should have only assisted it financially until a buyer was found, not purchased it. 

The General Manager of this team, who appeared to do his job properly, when he tried to get fair value for a player who will probably leave at the end of the year, also was undercut through this process.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:23 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

I think some are missing the point completely, the trade wasn't blocked because the league doesn't want Paul to go to the Lakers, it was blocked because it was basically saddling the Hornets with more bad contracts with aging players, which really helps them in no possible way going forward. If they can get a young player or two, some draft picks... then they can atleast flip the players they are getting later on for some more younger players or draft picks. The league, as the owner can block any trade that is proposed. If your a New Orleans fan, or from that area... be outraged that no one wants to own this team. Not at the league. The league wants the team to stay in New Orleans and not be a basement dweller. 

More players will come along, stars are drafted every year.. Chris Paul alone does not make the Hornets a contender. 

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:18 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

I guess the racist is just upset over being a Timberwolves fan....

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:09 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

caps were on because i was using my computers yelling voice..thanks for clarifing who was pathetic.

Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:09 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

If this is the future of the NBA...maybe Stern should retract the league to 16 teams.  This rich getting richer bullcrap isn't fair to small market teams.  Great to see such teams as the Spurs and Thunder thrive without overloading their rosters.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:08 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

Hopefully Stern will not block this one. On paper, the last deal looked good. I think Stern's time as NBA commish is running out as he's made some big blunders as of late; it's apparent he hasn't evolved with the game. Chris Paul or no Chris Paul, someone will buy the New Orleans franchise, let's just get the season underway!! On a side note, I respect Dan Gilbert and think he is the type of owner you want for your team; however, he could have bought a different franchise. In an era when professional sports are about marketability and money, buying a small market team isn't a wise move if you're looking to win a championship. It's bad business to have a small market team win the title.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:07 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

How do you report this racist crap? There used to be a link right on your page- now I can't find it. This racist a$$ has to go.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:03 pm

New Chris Paul to Lakers trade submitted to NBA

 ,You need to take your racist a$$ somewhere else with those comments. It's punks like you the give good people bad names. Theres no place on the forum for that!!  If you wish to spout racial slurs, go on a site where that is welcomed.. It's not welcomed here!!!

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