Found December 09, 2011 on
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For those of you expecting that Chris Paul's trade to the Lakers to be done by now, it appears to have hit a snag. Apparently, it hit a snag and commissioner Stern had to veto it for "basketball reasons".
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was allegedly against the deal and decided to send the below e-mail to David Stern where he calls 25 of the other NBA teams, "The Washington Generals" along with reasons why the trade should not go through.Here is part of the e-mail courtesy of Yahoo Sports:
<span style="font-family: "Times New Roman"; font-size: 12pt;">Icannot remember ever seeing a trade where a team got by far the best player inthe trade and saved over $40 million in the process. And it doesn’t appear thatthey would give up any draft picks, which might allow to later make a trade forDwightHoward. (They would also get a large trade exception that would helpthem improve their team and/or eventually trade for Howard.) When the Lakersgot PauGasol (at the time considered an extremely lopsided trade) they tookon tens of millions in additional salary and luxury tax and they gave up anumber of prospects (one in Marc Gasol who maybecome a max-salary player).
<span style="font-family: "Times New Roman"; font-size: 12pt;">Ijust don’t see how we can allow this trade to happen. I know the vast majorityof owners feel the same way that I do.
<span style="font-family: "Times New Roman"; font-size: 12pt;">Whenwill we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?
<span style="font-family: "Times New Roman"; font-size: 12pt;">Pleaseadvise….
BEST OF MAXIM
So this happened again:
The Los Angeles Lakers have pulled out of the three-team deal with New Orleans and Houston that would have landed Chris Paul in L.A., according to sources close to the talks.
The reason for the Lakers' withdrawal was not immediately known.
Which means this is happening again
Twitter / @ChrisMannixSI: Two rival GM's say...
Cleveland Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert has become famous for his bashing letters. After the decision, Gilbert wrote a letter to LeBron that resembled a note you’d pass to your ex-girlfriend in grade school and the NBA world reacted. Hey! I will admit that I embraced Gilbert’s unabashed LeBron letter– it was fun to read. This [...]
According to the LA Times, the Lakers can’t really do anything about the NBA’s ham-fisted decision to nix the Chris Paul trade last night: “The Lakers planned to appeal to the NBA office after the Chris Paul trade was nixed, but there was a problem: The NBA considered the trade to have been blocked by New Orleans, not the league itself. It’s a sticky situation because the...
The framework of a three-team trade is in place to send Hornets All-Star guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, said a person familiar with the negotiations. The Houston Rockets are the other team involved, the person told The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deal was not finalized.
You know what they say about pictures. We know what they're worth. And for Celtics fans, this photo might best encapsulate why Danny Ainge is willing to trade away Rajon Rondo for Chris Paul, and risk Paul playing no more than a year in Boston.
Doc Rivers, shortly after winning the Celtics 17th championship in franchise history, retreated to his office in the TD Garden...
(By Rick Bonnell, email@example.com) If there ever would have been a time to make Chris Paul a Charlotte Bobcat, this wasn't it.For years now, Bobcats fans have clamored for Paul to be the team's franchise player. It would have been silly to expect LeBron James or Dwight Howard to come here - neither has any real ties to the Carolinas or to Bobcats owner Michael Jordan.
The New Orleans Hornets' three-team trade with the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets that would land Chris Paul in L.A. has been resubmitted to the league office for approval, according to sources close to the talks.
Initially, the Rockets' part of the deal was exactly the same, with Houston sending Luis Scola, Kevin Martin and a 2012 first-round draft pick...
PBT: By blocking a trade of Chris Paul to the Lakers, Commissioner David Stern and owners showed they want their power over star players back. And the NBA is worse for it.