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Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:49 am
Edited on: December 9, 2011 10:21 am
Posted by Ben Golliverdan-gilbert

You knew he wouldn't be cool with this. You knew he wouldn't be cool with this at all.

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has solidified himself as a staunch hard-line owner since All-Star forward LeBron James bailed on his team and "take his talents" to the Miami Heat. Following James' decision, Gilbert penned a letter trashing his former star for his disloyalty, garnering national headlines.

The NBA's latest superstar-driven controversy erupted on Thursday, and Gilbert managed to carve out a starring role for himself in the theatre of the absurd. The New Orleans Hornets attempted to trade All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers in a three-team deal, only to have NBA commissioner David Stern veto the move according to's Ken Berger. Stern was able to veto the move because the NBA bought the Hornets and Stern serves as the de facto owner and NBA spokesman Tim Frank said that the "league office declined to make the trade for basketball reasons."

Yahoo Sports obtained a letter written by Gilbert to Stern on Thursday, decrying the potential trade as a "travesty" and requesting that the NBA's owners be allowed to vote on it. Gilbert criticized the deal because he believed it would provide the Lakers with the "best player" and significant financial relief. 
Over the next three seasons this deal would save the Lakers approximately $20 million in salaries and approximately $21 million in luxury taxes. That $21 million goes to non-taxpaying teams and to fund revenue sharing.

I cannot remember ever seeing a trade where a team got by far the best player in the trade and saved over $40 million in the process. And it doesn’t appear that they would give up any draft picks, which might allow to later make a trade for Dwight Howard. (They would also get a large trade exception that would help them improve their team and/or eventually trade for Howard.) When the Lakers got Pau Gasol (at the time considered an extremely lopsided trade) they took on tens of millions in additional salary and luxury tax and they gave up a number of prospects (one in Marc Gasol who may become a max-salary player).

I just don’t see how we can allow this trade to happen. I know the vast majority of owners feel the same way that I do. When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?
The Washington Generals, of course, are the always-beaten exhibition opponents of the Harlem Globetrotters. Essentially, Gilbert is saying, the NBA just spend the last five months in a lockout in an effort to improve competitive-balance. Watching the face of a small-market franchise bolt to one of the nation's largest cities and richest teams would undercut those efforts and the league shouldn't go along with it. He's entitled to his opinion, and certainly he's correct in stating that a vast majority of the league's owners would be unhappy watching Paul join Kobe Bryant in a ridiculously talented backcourt.

But NBA trades aren't made in the best interests of all. They should be made in the best interests of the individual owners involved, and Stern personally opened up this can of worms when he pushed for the NBA to buy back the Hornets. He's undercutting New Orleans' basketball decision-makers, he's throwing the futures of multiple players up into the air and he's handcuffing at least three teams -- and potentially more -- on the eve of the free agency period. It's total chaos and he owes the NBA, its teams and its players a full explanation of his decision-making process and what the plan is moving forward.

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2012 12:06 am

Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

Eat hot steaming fertilizer while you are at it.

Since: Sep 17, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:44 pm

Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

cant wait to see lequeen choke again

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:45 pm

Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

Stick to laying on top of half naked men like your avatar illustrates and forget the dime store basketball analysis that you parrotted from some ESPN shlep like Tim Legler.

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:23 pm

Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

I think people are making too much of this deal than is really necessary.  Also, it could be immature posturing from various blog writers and radio show hosts like Jim Rome.  This deal is going to go through when cooler heads prevail.  It is a good trade for all three teams, but not as great for the Lakers as some believe.  There is some concern about whether the Lakers will get Dwight Howard, but Dwight better be prepared to go 48 minutes if he does move.  The Lakers will have no one to sub for him off the bench.  As a Laker non-fan (though my handle says otherwise), I want this deal to go through.  I just don't see how Chris Paul can make a difference if the Lakers stick to a Triangle Offense.  I can't see Kobe going to a traditional offense featuring a pick and roll because that didn't work for him before Phil Jackson got there to instill the Triangle.  The Bulls never had a true point guard and were successful.  The only PGs who made a difference in the NBA Finals over the last twenty something years was Tony Parker and Chauncey Billups. D-Wade is a two guard who handles the basketball.

The Hornets should look at getting Rondo and draft picks from the Celtics.  Paul would be a better fit with the Celtics because they play a traditional offense and with Rondo, the Hornets stay young and get a speedy point guard.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:34 pm

Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

Pau Gasol > CP3

Big men and 2 guards win championships in this league, not PG's.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:17 pm

Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

And 'parity'? UGH. You can't make a player go to a crappy city and play. Everyone doesn't have loyalty like Kevin Garnett, and thanks to free agency, they don't have to.

And guess what? Garnett was loyal because someone had the common sense to draft him to Minnesota. Maybe you can build a team through the draft and do it the home grown way. Which is exactly what small market teams have to do to not only have a consistently good team but to also garner interest in the public around the team.

Dropping tons of money on free agents landed a lot of the small market teams in hot water in the first place.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:02 pm

Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

THIS IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM HELPS PARITY!!!  You go from trading Paul and having a respectable starting 5, a mid lottery draft pic and a future to keeping Paul, surrounding him with players who are only slightly better than kids from your childs daycare and watching him walk at the end of the season!  HOW DOES THAT HELP PROVIDE BALANCE! This trade would have probably brought the Lakers down in talent giving up 2 members of their core without a suitable replacement all while boosting the talent in New Orleans! 

Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:55 pm

Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

 Gilbert is actually helping the NBA. What every clueless homer LA fan forgets is that without parity in the NBA, the league is even more worthless then it currently is. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:31 pm

Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

Stern shouldn't be looking at nixing this trade, he should be looking at ways to take ownership of the Cavs from Dan Gilbert... what a pathetic man, even after the league rigged the draft for him to get the #1 pick in the wake of losing LeBron (which we all knew was coming).  I sympathized with Gilbert after "The Decision", but everything he has done since then shows what a jerk he is... I think LeBron made the right move getting out of that situation.

Good luck to New Orleans!  Instead of getting a boat-load of talent to build around and a marketable team to sell, now you have an angry franchise player who won't play and will leave via free agency, along with suing the NBA (as he should, and all teams involved)... well done David Stern! 

And for those who think this is some great deal for the Lakers, consider they're giving up 2 of their 3 big men, and now totally relying on Andrew Byunm (injury prone and suspended) and relying on an aging Kobe and injury prone CP3 and a little bit of salary relief, which hardly matters for the Lakers.  Without getting Okafor back, i think this is a bad deal for the big market juggernaut. 

Since: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:11 pm

Cavs owner Gilbert blasted NBA over Paul trade

Ever since LeBron James bolted out of Cleveland leaving a hurt Dan Gilbert behind he became critical on all the super star movements across the league. Dan must have cried his brains out when James left his team the part of thinking rationally. I think he is not concern that the Lakers are getting better as a team if the trade went through. He is probably thinking that the big market Lakers will be a lot more marketable if Cris Paul will join Kobe in the back court triggering a yet 30% increase on ticket price and a justified tv contract deal. Gilbert is still sour grapping on losing a super star. He should get over it!

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