Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 10/15/14
When LeBron James spurned the city of Cleveland and the Cavaliers organization and their fans for the warm embrace of South Beach, Cavs owner, Dan Gilbert, sent out an email to the loyal Cavs followers that they would overcome his disloyalty. The words in the email didn’t really receive so much ridicule as the font did. This years email to commissioner David Stern and other individuals within the league should receive a much more scathing review. Plus, is their a whinier individual than Gilbert? The full text after the jump:
It would be a travesty to allow the Lakers to acquire Chris Paul in the apparent trade being discussed. This trade should go to a vote of the 29 owners of the Hornets. 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? Please advise….
Dan G.
I am not quite sure what the issue is here? If Gilbert could do it over, wouldn’t he have wanted to receive players in return for LeBron James, knowing that he wasn’t resigning? Or is he just being a stubborn elf? There was nothing wrong with the deal that was made, and should have been allowed. David Stern has now put a dangerous precedent in place. This one decision is a bigger black mark than the ugly lockout that just ended. Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert calls proposed Paul trade “travesty” in email (The Plain Dealer)
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