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NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:19 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 10:17 pm
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Posted by Ben Golliverchris-paul-lakers

On the same day that reports indicated that the New Orleans Hornets had engineered a 3-team trade that would have sent All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, the trade, which also was to include the Houston Rockets, will not take place as expected.

Yahoo Sports reports that the NBA, which owns the Hornets and has veto power over all personnel moves, stepped in after prompting from unnamed NBA owners at Thursday's Board of Governors meeting.  
The NBA has killed the proposed deal to send Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources tell Yahoo! Sports. The NBA has caved to pressure from owners that the appearance of this deal, on heels of lockout, had to be stopped, sources tell Y! Sports. "The deal is off," a source involved in the talks tells Y! Sports. "It's dead." 
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirmed that the blockbuster deal is now "dead" and that the NBA "pulled the plug" on the trade.

As word of the deal's rejection spread, Paul posted a one-word message on Twitter: "Wow."

ESPN.com reported that Paul was "fuming" about the blocked deal and "exploring [his] legal options" to protest the NBA's decision with the help of National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter. 

NBA.com reported later Thursday that NBA spokesman Tim Frank issued the following statement: "Not true that owners killed the deal...League office declined to make the trade for basketball reasons."
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Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 5:38 pm
 

NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

So why didn't the chumps "kill" the Bosh/James deal?

Way to cave in, milktoaste.  This deal shouldn't have gotten this far.


Main reason is that the NBA wants Lebron to get a title mostly because he's not good enough to get one himself. If this team formulated in L.A. that would never happen. Stern is so biased and i hope teams see this and push his fat ass out the window and get a guy who knows ow to manage sports without bias.



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:07 pm
 

NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

How bad is a NBA property, that NOBODY wants to buy it? This is the second franchise that couldn't make it work in New Orleans.
I don't understand what all the stink is about in this trade. New Orleans gets 3 starters, a good backup player and a first round draft choice. So what do owners like Gilbert want them to do? Wait until next year and get nothing for Chris Paul? That's the kind of business sence that will make you broke, real quick. After LeBron left Cleveland, I was on Gilbert's side. But it's been over a year now. All this bitching and complaining is getting tired. It's time to realize that you aren't getting LeBron back. So either go forward and build a competitive team, or sell it and go away. Those seem to be your only options.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:22 pm
 

NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

Well now we see how the NBA has confirmed what we suspected. A petty, corrupt, dictatorship & a bad joke.
Stern's hypocrisy knows no bounds. On 1 hand he says "we need small market teams to be competive" & on the other kills a trade that would have improved N.O. immensly meanwhile NOT improved the "big market" Lakers all that much. Also a trade agreed upon by all parties involved, (lol, with exception of the players leaving LA)who are experienced GMs I might add.  



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:30 am
 

NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

Don't know how the commish can stop a trade.It's not like N.O. is putting in a fix. If they feel this is the way to rebuild or free up cash, how can the league stop them for trying to improve? Is there some other place the league wants Paul to be, because N.O. wants to get rid of him. Eventually it will be a 10 team league anyway with Fortune 500 companies the only ones that can afford tickets. Can't afford to take your kid to a game in a big market even if you make above average income.



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:07 am
 

NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

So are we saying that Big Market teams like the Lakers, Bulls, Knicks, and Nets can't make trades now? Or that they can't trade for good players? It's not as if the Lakers traded Luke Walton for CP3. This was a deal all the GMs thought was good for their respective teams, and it's far from clear that the Lakers are better because of it.

So what rule was violated?

It was a TRADE! It fits under the cap requirements and other criteria for making legal trades, so what is the basis for disallowing it? You can't disallow a trade just because a marquee player gets moved to a big market. There's no such rule.

The only legal problem with this trade may be that it was made before business officially opens which is 2pm EST today. At that time, the league may realize it has to let the deal go through.

The league has to have rules governing player movement, and they have to apply to every team. You can't have special No-Trade rules involving the Lakers. I mean...if this was the same trade except CP3 ended in Milwaukee, would that have been okay? Is it the destination that is the problem? Or are you saying teams can't trade good players and have to lose them for nothing in free agency?

Neither policy makes any sense, and I can't see how this ruling will stand up through the rest of today. They HAVE to let the trade go through.



Since: Apr 24, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:48 am
 

NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

The NBA veto of this deal was
utter nonsense and pure B.S. They can’t talk their way out of this one and they
know it. They will look like fools with egg on their faces and the coming
excuses they are trying to figure out before they announce them are going to be
so laughable as to defy intellect. This is another reason =

I’d rather watch the NFL than
the NBA – I was hoping the NBA never came back – I don’t care anymore about the
NBA – just keep bringing us MLB  baseball,
the NFL, and March Madness… you can keep your NBA – a bunch of millionaires and
billionaires without one point of IQ between them. The product they put out is
worse than the international tiddlywinks competition. I’d rather watch paint
dry. Rich whining three-year-olds. Fools. Nitwits. How can you watch this
crap?!




Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:27 am
 

That was a stupid veto...lol

The Lakers really gave up too much giving up one of the best big men in the league in the middle of his career and a player who is the best 6th man in the league with the talent to be one of the best players in the league period which sometimes shows and other times it doesn't. Still this is Stern trying to flex and demonstrate his power after the CBA didn't go 100% his way. He is clearly abusing his power at the expense of Chris Paul and others. The owners who like what he did are idiots as the lakers really gave up too much however they have a abundance of talent and can afford to "overpay" for Paul to get the best 5 on the floor ever though overall it weakens them a somewhat. This type of actions makes me even more sick of the NBA then the strike already did.



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:59 am
 

NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

I stongly disagree, this is the best thing Stern has done in years! This "super team" bs philosophy needs to stop. There are only a handful of big market teams out there, that leaves 25 cities that won't have the ability to compete for titles, nor free agents. The players have way too much control when it comes to demanding trades, and forcing the hand of the franchise to clamor to find a deal with big market teams who have nothing to offer in return. This waters down the talent in the league, and it compromises the feelings that many fans towards players and their "legacy". Let's face facts here is the Heat win this year would anyone outside of Miami think they really deserve a title and spent years building something? It's not like they were carefully constructed and spent years developing chemistry or finding the right mix, they just all had a shady behind the scenes handshake deal among the players to cheat the fans and the rest of the league. After all it is supposed to be a big accomplishment to build and nurture a team to win a title through drafts, player development, and adding FA's that fit a role to compliment your roster, or trading a superstar for a superstar, not a superstar for one mediocre player 2 pine riders and future draft pick. This new "super team" mentality ruins the leagues image amongst the diehard and casual fans alike, it's no wonder that so many people no longer pay attention to the NBA. If you ask me Chris Paul seeking legal action here is a joke, dude you get paid millions to play a f'n game! Most of these players if they couldn't pass or shoot would be working a drive thru somewhere so stop being whinney lil' bitches, just play basketball and go waste your millions on rims and bouncing cars, and starting some awful record label.



Since: Oct 3, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:34 pm
 

NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

THIS WOULDA BEEN GREAT FOR THE LAKERS





Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:27 pm
 

NBA 'pulled plug' on Chris Paul to Lakers trade

This was a good deal for everyone involved.   Now the Hornets will lose CP3 next year and the Hornets will be a small market team left in the dust like what Lebron did to the Cavs last year.   David Stern is a fool and it will hurt the game in the long run and wont protect small market teams who can't trade stars to better their team for the future...  NBA sucks hard now.   This CBA is garbage and no more trades as someone will call David Stern and complain about every trade thus no trades.  WEAK!!!!!!!


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