Chris Paul Trade “called off”

Published: December 8, 2011

Things will be a lot clearer tomorrow, I’m sure. From reports, it appears that the trade sending CP3 to the Lakers, Pau Gasol to Houston, and Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin and Goran Dragic to the Hornets has been nixed by a group of NBA owners who didn’t like the trade and made David Stern step in.

Look – I have a mixed feelings about the trade itself. If it does actually go through, I’ll have all the time in the world to talk about it, but instead I want to say my piece about the blocking of the trade.

I’m infuriated. How can I have any faith in my team’s ability to make changes and move forward now? My team’s General Manager cannot make a deal unless all of his opponents agree it is the right trade! If they carry through with blocking this trade, the NBA has shattered the Hornets ability to get a decent deal for Paul. The good teams like the Celtics (and Lakers) now can’t be sure that whatever they do offer for Paul won’t be nixed by some coterie of owners with their panties in a bunch – so why should they risk alienating their own players for a deal they have no control over? The lesser teams can now sit back and sneer at the Hornets offers because the one major bit of leverage the Hornets had – good offers on the table by the Celtics and Lakers – has been wrecked.

Dell Demps has been completely screwed.



  1. Mark

    December 8, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    On a related note, Kwame Brown and a draft pick to Memphis for Pau Gasol.

    • GecGreek

      December 8, 2011 at 9:15 pm

      that started the whole process that’s turning the NBA into the WWE

      • Mark

        December 8, 2011 at 9:16 pm

        Do I smell what the Rock is cooking… again?

      • GecGreek

        December 8, 2011 at 9:34 pm

        more hints: the Superfriends creating a boy band in Miami, Anthony bitching and crying like a 5-y-old child and winning, the Lakers winning two rings thanks to Gasol, the dumbest negotiation and resolution of the dumbest lockout ever in all sports.

  2. BrickCity

    December 8, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Owners / Schmoners — Who else thinks it was ONE voice, a certain loud-mouthed owner of another Western power who did not want to compete against a CP3-enhanced Lakers. (Hint: The same owner who whined when we signed Carl Landry last year.)

  3. GecGreek

    December 8, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    So, a team owned by the NBA want to trade his best guy to the biggest team in its own league, then the other owners, led by Popovich’s former CIA mates, went to Stern in order to kill the trade:
    this is madness… THIS! IS! WWE!
    Whoops sorry it’s the NBA o.O

    I don’t know if i’m happy or sad about this “trade-that-happened-then-didnt-then…-well-we-don’t-know”

    • Nick Malone aka yankeesman77

      December 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      The WWE is at least entertaining. This is just saddening on all levels. Hornets need an OWNER, STAT. Get one in here and I don’t care if its even Chris Trew or I but still, We need to get a deal done here so we don’t end the year without anything to gain from CP3 walking away.

  4. Ken

    December 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Why on earth would any Hornets fan be irate that the NBA nixed the deal. First, last time I checked, when someone owns something they call the shots. Why should the other owners spend their money to guarantee the Lakers a dynasty for the next 10 years? Second, the deal was crap for the Hornets. They were getting two 32 year olds and a 29 year old. How are those pieces to help rebuild the team? The other owners recognized the deal for the ripoff that it was and wisely put a stop to it, which again they had a right to do since they own the team. If you don’t like the NBA interference then find someone to buy the team from the NBA.

    • Jason Calmes

      December 8, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      They weren’t selling, Ken.

  5. nikkoewan

    December 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    the deal value wise is good, but it’s not the right direction. It’s like the Grizzlies trading Rudy Gay for Horford. good value, bad fit.

    moving on, i share your sentiment Ryan. A silver lining in all of this is that, now, the bidding price of the Hornets will go down (because the league will want to rid themselves of the pressures of this debacle). Give me a new owner, and let Demps work his magic again pls.

    • HoumaHornet

      December 8, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      I don’t see the price of the hornets going down bc of this. The same owner that complained about this trade (_____ Missile Crisis) , will definitely be expecting a return on his investment.

  6. edbballin504

    December 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I feel bad for Demps, he has to put a team together now with only leftovers on the table to choose from.

    I hope Stern lets this go through tomorrow morning. Seems like the whole nation is furious at the NBA over this. Me included!

  7. HoumaHornet

    December 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    This is ridiculous. We will not get anything quality back for CP3 now. The league rather him stay here a year and not wanna play for us then leave us next summer and we will have nothing to show for it.

  8. sweetpea

    December 8, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Well I guess the months and months of a lockout to equalize teams and change the financial dynamics of the league were just a waste of time. Why go through a lockout only to sign a CBA which didn’t really cure the sicknesses of the League, and then have the owners arbitrarily decide which trades work and which don’t, which teams are helped too much and which aren’t??? Could the owners have also intervened on Houston’s behalf because the trade sucked for them??? What are the rules now for trading and free agency??? We now know that we can’t trade Paul until we get a new owner and maybe not even then. In my opinion this, combined with the lockout for no real purpose, is seriously the worst thing that has happened to the NBA since the Seattle to OKC move. Whether you liked the trade itself or not, this is the worst possible outcome for the Hornets and the League generally in my opinon.

    • SadHornetsFan

      December 9, 2011 at 12:02 am

      if we had an owner, we could make whatever trade we wanted to. the league’s power over the hornets right now is the only reason they can interfere with this trade

  9. edbballin504

    December 8, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Glad I am off work tomorrow. Tonight has really drained me mentally…

  10. HiMyNameisSteven

    December 8, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    This whole situation is just very tough in all ways.

    First I definitely do not think this trade would of been a good trade to move us in the right direction for the future. Dont get me wrong I do think the trade WOULD of made us a BETTER team for a year or maybe two. But we would have been totally handicapped from the ability to turn this franchise into a championship team. I mean that is why we play right? We would not of recieved any assets that would of given us the opportunity to get an all-star caliber player, which is what you need to have to have a shot at those rings. You cannot win with a bunch of good players without having a star. Name the last team that won the ship without a legitimate star player? You can say the pistons, but id argue that hamilton sheed and chauncey were all better players than any trio of our players.

    2- i agree completely with ryan that this veto now puts our franchise in an awful position. the only way we trade paul now is to another small market team who now likely would not offer us a deal that is really worthy of giving paul up for. The most likely situation for us now is that paul leaves during free agency.

    Weird day, and that does not even take into consideration the fact that CP3 may sue the league

  11. Zombian

    December 9, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I’ve been a Hornets fan since 4th grade when I discovered Muggsy Bogues was just barely taller than I was. Back when LJ was ‘Grandmama’. Since then I’ve seen my team go through some of the most trying times any NBA team has gone through. This is just another roadblock.
    We remember the game 7 exit from the Spurs and the 58 point loss from that brutish team of thugs. We’ve been down before. This is temporary and will only serve to make us winning that much sweeter.
    I really feel like we were an ACL away from at least the western finals last year. It may be a while before we get there again but it just makes us better and more deserving fans for when the time comes.
    Lets move on for #nbaReasons and give our #DellSupport

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  13. ktrufant

    December 9, 2011 at 2:20 am

    I kind of don’t understand (or even care about) this idea of losing Paul for nothing. To me, Paul isn’t valuable to the team … Apparently he and I agree that the Hornets aren’t going to win a championship with him on the team. The only players of value to the franchise as far as I’m concerned are those with talent and believe the Hornets will win a title with them on the team. I think Demps should be focused on finding them.

    Personally, I would rather watch Paul play weak basketball for a (another?) season, watch him walk in free agency, if that’s what he wants, and then watch the team free up salary and find affordable and talented players who want to try to win a championship in New Orleans with the Hornets …

    (… I actually thought Demps would be that guy. Finding overlooked talent, signing them to reasonable contracts … etc. )

    I don’t follow sports to sit around half the time wondering/worrying about all of this … tweets and sources and reports and trade demands and commitments in the public and trades decided and trades canceled …

    (I mean NBC forcing me to choose between Community and 30 Rock is enough …)

    Anyway, it’s all easy for me to say when the Saints and the Tigers are rolling, and I’m sure my distance from and minimal knowledge of the situation contribute to my lack of empathy, but this NBA stuff (and I’m looking at everyone, Demps, Paul, Stern any and all of the swinging dicks of the league) is absurd (and kind of a lame, unprofessional look for everyone).

    That’s my take for what it’s worth …

  14. Brandon

    December 9, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Chris Paul… please don’t sue the Nba. I know you want to leave but chill. I do think what the NBA doing is illegal. This country was brought up on the idea of freedom, but their stopping the lakers from getting their superteam. I do they expect the lakers to compete with the heat. Idk if cp3 and kobe couldve won a championship by himself. Random: Tyson is eighter going to knicks or warriors but probably knicks. In the trade, Okafor should go to the rockets not lakers. We sign deandre jordan gasolm or Nene and trade odom and jack at the all star break for a servicable point guard. I think the trade is 50-50 now. Cp3 needs to consider the okc trade. Cause as much as I WANY steph curry on the hornets, the warriors are not winning a championship with cp3/monte/dorrell/david / Tyson

    • RobertM320

      December 9, 2011 at 7:48 am


      CP3 doesn’t have to consider anything. Its a trade. He doesn’t have a choice. And I sure as hell am not interested in pleasing him. He’s just a quieter version of Melo and LBJ.

  15. MaskedTalent

    December 9, 2011 at 6:05 am

    I’ve been a Hornets fan since the 3rd grade! And this would be the second WORST looking team we’ve ever had. Why don’t WE STAND UP FOR OURSELVES! THIS WAS A BAD DEAL FOR US! SMALL MARKET TEAM GETS SCREWED AGAIN!!!!! STOP SELLING FOR LESS

  16. Babyboi5

    December 9, 2011 at 9:12 am

    The NBA REALLY “SCREWED” this up for the Hornets. The league now owe it to the Hornets to make up for this blunder.

    My proposal is getting compensation from the NBA. I say, since the owners & players signed a new agreement:
    •THE NEW ORLEANS HORNETS should get the #1 overall draft pick for the length of the agreement
    •The NBA gives us more cap space so we can spend on free agents & keep our our players
    •We get a better television & radio deal. We get more games on ESPN, TNT, & ABC to showcase our team

  17. edbballin504

    December 9, 2011 at 9:38 am

    So if Howard goes to NJN today in a trade, that cancels the Lakers “Superteam.” Would that mean the NBA okays the CP3 trade after?

  18. edbballin504

    December 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

    It appears the NBA owners are pushing Stern to make CP3 put his money where his mouth is and play out the season then opt out and walk as free agent if he’s willing to leave all that money on the table. I am curious to see how this plays out but it doesn’t look good for us. Let’s see what Demps pulls off, but it appears trading CP3 will not be allowed.

    Here’s an audio link from Mark Cuban explaining his take…

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  20. MelDee

    December 10, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    david stern worships the devil.

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