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Chris Paul Trade Update: Demps a 'spectator' now?

Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:13 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 5:34 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

It's not good to be Dell Demps right now. He's officially the general manager of the New Orleans Hornets, the guy in charge of all transactions and roster decisions of the franchise.

But he might as well be a ballboy. Maybe a ballboy with every NBA GM on speed dial, but that's about the only edge he has at this point.

After Demps has watched three of his trades for Chris Paul fall apart because the NBA wouldn't approve (two Lakers, one Clippers), Demps has to be frustrated. And as Yahoo! Sports reports, he's merely just along for the ride now.

“He’s basically a spectator now,” one official said.

Stern has two of his top league office executives – Joel Litvin and Stu Jackson – making calls and conducting negotiations with teams interested in Paul. Demps is still making calls, but rival front offices and agents involved in possible deals with New Orleans say that he’s no longer authorized to decide on any transaction.

Teams interested in Paul have to send formal “bids” to the league office, sources said.

A lot of people have described this thing as a mess, circus or complete cluster. Choose your word and it probably fits. It's ridiculous, frustrating, maddening and downright stupid. The league has a serious conflict of interest here and two NBA executives are the ones running the show. Does that not completely blow your mind?

It might be one thing if this was all over Jarrett Jack or Quincy Pondexter. But this is about Chris Paul. This is about a deal that will completely alter the landscape of the NBA. And it's a deal that should have been done almost a week ago.

Instead, Big Brother is watching over the Hornets and completely cutting off Demps' manhood. The league said a deal in which Demps put together receiving Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic and some picks wasn't enough. The league wanted Eric Gordon, Eric Bledsoe, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and the very valuable Minnesota 2012 pick, but the Clippers said it was too much.

Basically we're getting the NBA labor negotiations all over again but instead of BRI and mid-level exceptions, we've got Chris Paul and some draft picks.

It might not all be completely over though. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports the league and Clippers are trying to revive a deal. However, as Berger tweeted around 5:30 p.m. ET, "it's over." ESPN.com reports though the league is hopeful the deal will be resolved soon.

So do we. So does Chris Paul. And most especially, so does Dell Demps.
Comments

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:34 pm
 

Chris Paul Trade Update: Demps a 'spectator' now?

If that's how the league works, so be it.  Meanwhile, while he's trade bait, the owners (NBA) will likely consider many senerios.  



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Chris Paul Trade Update: Demps a 'spectator' now?

I watch a game every once in a while and pay attention via Sportsline. The NBA is the strongest it has ever been.  The games are fun and the popularity continues to grow.  

What makes Stu Jackson a stooge?  He's probably a very capable executive and a strong representative of the league.  

Louisana needs successful entities to help with its rebuilding.  The place was trashed.  As a multibillion dollar franchise, in a fragile economy, it's imperative the fidicuaries (the NBA) drive a hard bargain when managing the assets of the team.  



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:36 pm
 

Chris Paul Trade Update: Demps a 'spectator' now?

No doubt a conflict of interest while Stern and the NBA own New Orleans.  But remember, the NBA is the franchisor, and New Orleans, the franchisee, has no private ownership.  I don't why.  It is what it is.  So, the ownerless franchee still needs to be watched after.  As the owner, the NBA needs to look after the interests of the team.  They cannot allow an ownerless franchise to flounder.  Best player in team history must come at a heavy price.



Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:23 pm
 

Chris Paul Trade Update: Demps a 'spectator' now?

I have not heard of any movement by anyone buying the Hornets. There was a rumor of a Seattle group, but that was quite a while ago. There may have been rumors during the lockout that got missed in all of the stuff then.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:45 pm
 

Chris Paul Trade Update: Demps a 'spectator' now?

The main problem I have with the NBA owning the franchise is that the management of that franchise needs to be detached from ANY influence of the other owners. That is not happening here.
Are the NBA even tryig to find a new owner for the Hornets ?  Chris Paul is going leave at the end of the season, it be better to get some talent back for Paul. Since the NBA is in charge I be surprise if Paul go anywhere, so far the NBA doing more harm to the Hornets then good.



Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:56 pm
 

Chris Paul Trade Update: Demps a 'spectator' now?

PDX, have you not been watching the NBA for the last 5 or 6 years? Stern has ran the league in to the ground. Crooked referees, riduculous fines for players, coaches or owners that speak out about problems and the worst officiating in all of sports. Then he puts his main stooge, Stu Jackson in a position of power running the Hornets. And what does Katrina have to do with any of this? You act like the NBA owes the city of New Orleans something. Simple fact is the NBA is a business. New Orleans had the Jazz years ago and could not keep them. I would be very surprised if the Hornets are there long term.
The main problem I have with the NBA owning the franchise is that the management of that franchise needs to be detached from ANY influence of the other owners. That is not happening here.



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:27 pm
 

Chris Paul Trade Update: Demps a 'spectator' now?

Chris Paul should sit out the season, this is just fucking stupid



Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:04 pm
 

Chris Paul Trade Update: Demps a 'spectator' now?

I disagree.  The first rule of any negotiation high level or otherwise is to know your timelines.  Stern has lost perspective on how to get this done and may be trying to get a win to soothe his ego. It won't happen.  This league owned franchise has an expiring top asset and with each passing day they lose more and more leverage with any negotiating partner because everyone knows Paul will walk at season's end.  In this situation the best deal is the one that improves your franchise post Paul in the short term, because no team is going to deal away players and picks for a guy they can't sign at the end of a shortened season.  Stern is pressing too hard with a bad hand making the situation even worse.  Worst kind of 'master negotiation'  is when one side ignores its timelines - the result is that the deal you ultimately get is worse than the one you turned away - Absolutely nothing for Paul



Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Chris Paul Trade Update: Demps a 'spectator' now?

Well you are obviously delusional.  The pick was coming from HOU.  And you forgot about Dragic who's done more than Aminu and Bledsoe combined.  It was a a better deal than the Clips offered especially if you look at the over 30 pieces as trade chips.  Odom and Scolia could have netted youngsters if NO wanted to flip them.  I would have held onto Martin since he's still fairly young.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:58 pm
 

Chris Paul Trade Update: Demps a 'spectator' now?

PDX how excited will you be and Chris Paul walks away to where he wants to go....for nothing. 


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