Originally posted on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 6/28/12
Much was made last month when the league owned New Orleans Hornets won the NBA draft lottery. The league had agreed to sell the Hornets to the New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, but the deal wasn't even official yet. The reason the Hornets were owned by the league was because Stern was so desperate to get rid of one of the most unpopular owners in league history, George Shinn. Shinn had killed basketball in Charlotte (once the perennial league leader in attendance and was on course to do the same in New Orleans). How was Stern going to find an owner to meet the necessary asking price the league demanded? Step 1 was vetoing the original Chris Paul to the Lakers trade, which the Hornets GM, Dell Demps, had poorly facilitated. That trade would have made the Hornets a 25-30 win team with bloated contracts and no future. Getting Eric Gordon, bottoming out, reducing payroll, and having 2 high draft picks to rebuild the team with this Summer was a much wiser course of action and would be...
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