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Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:23 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 10:20 pm
The Lakers agreed to the framework of a deal to acquire star point guard Chris Paul Thursday, only to have the trade imperiled amid an uproar from owners disgusted with the fruits of a new collective bargaining agreement, an ownership source confirmed to

"Dead," is how the person described the deal, which was supposed to send Paul to L.A. in a three-team trade also involving the Houston Rockets.

Yahoo Sports and first reported the incomprehensible developments, and team executives who had been on the periphery of the Paul trade talks were unsure if the deal had been killed by the league office or had merely hit a snag. 

Either way, the hours after players and owners voted to approve a new CBA ending the five-month lockout will go down as among the most bizarre in NBA history.

"WoW," Paul tweeted upon learning of reports that his trade to the Lakers was on the verge of being nixed.

Yahoo reported that owners were "irate" with Stern in Thursday's Board of Governors meeting, challenging the commissioner for the business-as-usual rampage of big-market teams preying on stars before the deal was even ratified -- and before the league had even officially re-opened for business, which is supposed to happen at 2 p.m. ET Friday.

"Pathetic," one team executive said Thursday in response to developments that included the Knicks maneuvering for cap space in preparation for signing top free agent Tyson Chandler and then the Paul deal to L.A.

NBA spokesman Tim Frank said it was "not true" that owners killed the deal. "It wasn't even discussed at the board meeting," he said. "The league office declined to make the trade for basketball reasons."

The developments were "unbelievable," said another team executive, given that the league-owned Hornets had been allowed to conduct basketball business without interference from the league office since the other 29 owners assumed temporary ownership of the woebegone franchise in December 2010. Also, the league office technically was not supposed to be open to evaluate, approve or disapprove trades until Friday.

The trade was supposed to send Paul to Los Angeles and Pau Gasol from the Lakers to the Rockets, who would've sent Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic and a first-round pick to the Hornets. New Orleans also would've received Lamar Odom from the Lakers. While rival executives were stunned with how rapidly Hornets GM Dell Demps moved to rid the franchise of Paul, who has clamored privately and through back channels for more than a year to exit New Orleans, some nonetheless were impressed with the haul of players and picks the Hornets were able to obtain for a trade that essentially was done on a firesale basis. 

Demps, a former Spurs executive groomed by San Antonio GM R.C. Buford, had taken a proactive approach to the Paul dilemma and indicated to fellow execs in recent days that he had no intention of letting the saga drag out for months the way the Nuggets were embroiled in a similar controversy with Carmelo Anthony before trading him to the Knicks last season.

Now, the Hornets appear to be destined for even more drama, discontent and derangement than they ever imagined. 

Same for the NBA.

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Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:30 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

The Lakers would be giving up their strength, the size and length of the front line not too mention 30 points a game between the two. As another fan posted the Lakers would just be trading one need for another, instead of a PG would need a PF. Sorry man, but you're the idiot. But since you're no longer a fan of the NBA I guess it doesn't matter.

Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:19 pm

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

"It was a terrible trade for Houston, but, I agree, this situation is a joke."

Why is giving up Kevin Martin, who gives up more points than he scores, and Scola who is not good at defense either, a bad deal for the Rockets when you get a proven All-Star Center/PowerForward who does it all, plays hard and is smart with the basketball?  Houston has a bunch of young talent as well so why not see what you have and play them with your new veteran All Star leading the way?  The NBA should not put a stop to trades, it is unprecidented, and seriously unethical.  David Stern you are opening up pandora's box and it will not be good what comes out of this vetoed trade.

Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:06 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

This is what happens when a bad labor contract is signed that does not address the long-term future of the NBA.  The owners appeared to be playing hardball and then caved over this totally ridiculous Christmas deadline.  Rather than going with some kind of hard cap and having a chance to actually reach parity they juggled the financial numbers but for the most part kept the system intact.  Thus "big teams" such as the Lakers can and will wheel and deal to attract stars and the New Orleans of the world will never have a chance.

This proposed trade was the first overt, tangible sign that nothing has changed and the stars will end up congregating.  Eternal haves and have-nots will continue to be the status quo and some franchises will fall by the wayside.  Thus the knee jerk reaction and the trade, a bad one for all except the Lakers, has been voided.  It's a shame having gone through the lock out that nothing much of substance was achieved. 

Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:38 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

this whole league should be voided. how can anyone even watch this crap anymore?

Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:08 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Congrats to the NBA for standing up to this BS trade.  If this were a fantasy league trade, the commissioner would veto it, so why shouldn't the NBA.  Star player for a bunch of scrubs?  What a joke.  Glad to see some balls in the veto.  Why should the NBA become like MLB in which NYY and BOS can get whatever players they want?  I would rather see competitive balance.  Otherwise, lets save time and just give LAL and BOS and MIAMI the top 3 picks in every NBA draft as well.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:55 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

I am sorry but this is wrong.  I am a Celtics fan and think this is a total travesty.  Chris Paul for Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol is more than fair.  THe Hornets get 3 solid players that start for them.  The Rockets get a guy to replace a piece they lost and the Lakers get a point guard they need.  For the owners to cry foul after agreeing to a new CBA that allows this type of trade is contradictory.  If you don't like it then don't agree to it.  Why did you accept the deal if you didn't agree to it?  This is a joke.  It is a fair trade and New Orleans is now going to lose Paul for nothing?  THe next deal for Paul better be unreal!  I would sue the NBA for the rights to Paul if I were the Lakers.  This is a fair deal. 

Since: Jun 24, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:32 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

Whatever team has to take on Lamar Odom's declining and soft game and contract should get Kobe Bryant along with him.  That would be the only fair trade.

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:30 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

The NBA...where Stern happens.

Seriously, how is this guy still running the NBA?  He has ran it right into the ground.  If I were the players, I would walk.  I would refuse to show up to training camp.  I wouldn't give Stern the time of day.  I would refuse to go to work until Stern either steps down or is forced out of his position.  There is no good reason why Stern would put a stop to this trade.  What a bunch of bush league bull...

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:26 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

form a real league cause the nba is a fuckn joke

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:23 am

Source: Paul trade to Lakers 'dead'

given up too much !? u are an idiot! soft ass gasol and the no show odom? come on man c paul is exactly what we needed! and now stern says no! im done with the nba and its russia run business

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