Rumors: Immediate Reaction to Potential Paul to Lakers Deal

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Published: December 8, 2011

Even newer update– Marc Stein: One source close to the three-team Chris Paul trade talks just told ESPN.com: “The deal is off.”

Reasons given are that the NBA pressured the Hornets not to deal Paul there.

New Update- Woj: NBA owners have pushed commissioner David Stern to kill the deal sending Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, sources tell Y! Sports. The NBA is now pushing New Orleans GM Dell Demps to pull the plug on the trade and keep Chris Paul.

From Marc Stein– ESPN CP3 trade latest: Trade with Lakers will NOT go through Friday and Chris Paul is expected in Hornets camp, according to sources. It was not immediately clear, sources said, if three-way trade involving Hornets, Lakers and Rockets is merely snagged or in jeopardy

Update (that for some reason didn’t post an hour + ago)- Major media outlets are saying this is a done deal with Houston as the third team. We’ll have details and analysis up as soon as it’s official. Hornets postponed the opening of training camp tomorrow, so it’s possibly we will see final resolution before then.

First off, two minutes before the news that the Lakers trade could be happening soon came out, I tweeted the following—“ Couldn’t it help Hornets if big source were to report that they are close to accepting LAL deal but will wait for final offers?”

I can’t help but think that’s a possibility here. Make it know that you WILL NOT WAIT. Put a big public deal that, a. isn’t as horrible as it’s made out to (assuming lots and lots of first round picks and a good chunkof Houston’s young talent are included), and b. Will create panic and fear in the hears of the other Western Conference lowballers (that’s you, Clips and Warriors) that the Lakers dynasty will never be toppled and that no matter they do they won’t be competing for 5+ years. Is that true? Not necessarily, but CP3 on LA is a scary thought. If you can prevent it and make your team better, you do it, even if you might have to give up slightly more than you want.

So I’m expecting that we see the best offers from Golden State and the Clippers (who curiously will reportedly sign Caron Butler for 3 years, 24 million) in the next day or two. Will they be better than the Lakers/Rockets offer? That’s tough to say since we don’t know the details of it, but we can assume that if they still have any interest in Paul, they will need to offer something besides expiring deals and marginal young talent.

At this point it seems like Demps doesn’t want to even head into camp with Paul on the roster. I assume that’s why he’s putting the screws to Paul’s suitors to put their best offer forward. This might even make the Lakers deal better in the end since they could get some competition in the end.

Well played, sir. Well played. Now let’s see if Demps closes out the chess match.

179 comments
MelDee
MelDee

this is turrible

KH
KH

Why do people keep pointing out how much the Lakers gave up? That doesn't mean it was a good deal for the Hornets when you consider the best player in the deal after Paul by a mile is going to Houston.

J
J

I've a 3 way trade with the Hornets Rockets and Warriors The Hornets get Curry,Udoh and Biedrins from the Warriors and Scola,Dragic and Budinger of the Rockets The Rockets get Okafor & Jack The Warriors get CP3 Just a thought

HiMyNameisSteven
HiMyNameisSteven

So glad trade got vetoed maybe we can pull off getting curry or Gordon now

504ever
504ever

So let's get this straight. 1. The owners, rather than making a better offer for Paul, whine to Stern so much he kills a deal (which is universally regarded as a good deal for thr Hornets) because Paul winds up in LA. 2. The owners, who didn't negociate playing field leveling terms with the players OR each other, killed this deal because they (now) worry about LA being too good. Where is Lewis Carroll wen we need him? We have gone 'through the looking glass'.

NOH Domination
NOH Domination

Thank you NBA! Anything that prevents the Lakers from getting better is good in my eyes. Not to mention this deal sucked for the Hornets anyways. Give me Gordon, Aminu, and that minny pick or curry and let's be on our way to rebuilding for a championship.

J
J

Well this is real truth the Hornets back off on the deal not the NBA

QueenBee
QueenBee

Cuban got together with the other owners to have Stern kill the deal. But wasn't Cuban trying to get Paul as well?

Jay Stan
Jay Stan

Help I need somebody's help not just anybody's I need somebody's help Hope someone finds the humor

Joel
Joel

I don't understand if the league didn't want for the Hornets to trade Paul then why did they take the reins off of Demps?

J
J

The NBA told Demps to kill the deal

Rodrigo Goulart - BRAZILIAN HORNET !
Rodrigo Goulart - BRAZILIAN HORNET !

Only Sh*t ! This is a great trade and NBA Blocks ? OMG =/ We have to replace Chris Paul. The trade is great ! It is best to do it than we get screwed as the Cavs.

J
J

what i meant was why have alot of veterans with bad contracts

J
J

It make great sense why deal with Scola age and horriable contract which is worst than Okafors i'm glad the trade failed.The NBA is doing us a favor they kinda want us to keep Paul don't you think

edbballin504
edbballin504

You must have been looking at the wrong Scola. You are totally inaccurate.

KH
KH

Louis Scola is not worth the money he is getting paid. I'm not saying its egregious but he is over-paid and oldish for a NBA player. Thats the type of player you want to add to the Hornets?

Jay Stan
Jay Stan

Can we please get a owner so the madness can stop please.

MaskedTalent
MaskedTalent

OKAY CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN WHATS GOING ON TO ME! IM SO CONFUSED!

J
J

They kill the trade hell yeah

Monty'sDoghouse
Monty'sDoghouse

Yeah. Woot. Sweet. Now we will get virtually nothing for CP3. Alright. Hoorah. Boom baby!

QueenBee
QueenBee

People need to stop saying this. Just because the deal didn't go down tonight doesn't mean it won't ever go down. Even if they have to wait til trade deadline, they'll get something. Why are people acting like it's tonight or never?

Mark
Mark

This just in: Tyson Chandler trade for Chris Wilcox and Joe Smith rescinded!

Monty'sDoghouse
Monty'sDoghouse

This makes no sense? Kill the trade because we take on salary? Are we not allowed to sign free agents either? Our guys are gonna be beat. Better not get hurt.

Tim
Tim

I still don't understand why everyone is so angry at this deal. 1) The Lakers GUT their team to get Paul. 2) I'm not so sure the Lakers will get Howard. I would take Brook Lopez+Marshon Brooks+1st Rounder over Bynum+Draft Picks. No-brainer for me. 3) We get two players who are almost all-star worthy, but aren't quite there, a sixth man of the year, a first round draft pick, and a quality backup PG. 4) I can already see us signing Glen Davis if this deal goes through... If we had enough salary space that is. I haven't checked this yet, I could be wrong. 5) We trade our pick+Knicks pick to grab someone like Austin Rivers and we're in business!

KH
KH

Louis Scola and Kevin Martin are too of the most over-rated players in the league. Kevin Martin is a one dimensional scroe who will score 24 points a game and give up 24 a game. Loius Scola is a feisty under-sized power forward that can score a little is an average rebounder and a mediocre defender. If they were so good why was Houston so mediocre especially with Kyle Lowery playing so well?

Tim
Tim

This is pretty much irrelevant now... But still!

edbballin504
edbballin504

AHHHHHHHHHHH! This sucks for real! The Hornets are screwed now. Demps thought he had a team, now at the last hour he finds out he still only has 5 players (1 a disgruntled superstar that wants out). How does he go from here? Leftovers! One word......CONTRACTION!

QueenBee
QueenBee

I think people need to calm down. Really. Just because a trade won't go down tonight doesn't mean it won't go down at all. Lord.

chiefyoungblood
chiefyoungblood

My frustration is reaching a new high , my optimism a new low. Unfair plain and simple. Godamn nba gustapo.

Jay Stan
Jay Stan

Man lets not bash or throw or team under the bus let's support em and hope for a playoff spot. Like Al Davis "Just Win Baby"

Monty'sDoghouse
Monty'sDoghouse

This is beyond unacceptable. Did they just kill basketball in New Orleans? How could they possibly do this to us?

Stan
Stan

i saw adrian wojnarowski text something about the hornets telling two other teams that we had a laker's deal. the way i see it, dell demps already knew the league would have a problem with it, so he was just posturing to scare the living hell out of some other teams who now are offering more for paul (i.e. warriors). and if the trade does go through, we still have a solid team. demps is a genius.

Stan
Stan

of course, its just a theory.

Tim
Tim

I like this theory!!!^

QueenBee
QueenBee

Mark Cuban! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't like rollercoaster emotions. This is making me tired. Really tired.

504ever
504ever

ESPN's Chris Brousard says that the Hornets negociated a great deal getting "3 near Allstars: Odom, Martin, and Scola"!!!!

KH
KH

Three near all-stars? I wouldn't put any one of those guys in the top 40 in the league.

MaskedTalent
MaskedTalent

I was coming here to cry on someone's shoulder about this terrible deal lmao....but after reading all the comments and the most recent ones....it seems theres more time to get something MUCH BETTER

Jalil Davis
Jalil Davis

IF WE HAD AN O-W-N-E-R THIS WOULDNT BE HAPPENING! THE NBA OWNS US.......

NOH Domination
NOH Domination

What a horrible deal!! Yea it's good if our goal is to maximize our wins next year, but we'll be anywhere from the 7-10 seed out west which means we aren't championship material, yet we aren't getting great talent from the draft. This has no sense of future. Wouldn't it be better to stack picks, bottom out, and take our shots at a few starts in the draft? I don't get it..

Jo D
Jo D

Khole Kardashian made a call to NBA to kill the trade. Didn't want her hubby leaving LA. hahahahahahahahah

James
James

now we offer paul another contract extension or do the three way trade that was previously discussed with celtics and pacers

Chuck
Chuck

So...that happened

ur_gmas_daughter
ur_gmas_daughter

"Sources said that a group of NBA owners, assembled in New York for the ratification of the league's new labor pact with the players, protested vigorously that the league-owned Hornets were trading Paul to the star-studded Lakers and convinced NBA commissioner David Stern to intervene. "The deal is off," one source told ESPN.com." Even though I'm not/wasn't a big fan of the deal if you look at what DEN got for Melo last year Dell really got a great deal. Though they're different positions, Paul and Anthony are arguably both Top 10-15 talent. So they're comparable. DEN got: W. Chandler, Felton, Gallo, Mosgov, 1st round, 2 2nd round NO (would have got): Martin, Scola, Odom, Dragic & 1 or 2 1st rounders If you put that into perspective Dell REALLY did a great job of maximizing the talent he received in the deal

KH
KH

No all the players Denver got back where young and had upside and on cheap contracts. Please reason this deal before reacting to it.

Jalil Davis
Jalil Davis

WTF!!!!!!!!!!! they are trying to screw us with the whole CBA Crap because we got a good deal now this is the biggest BULLSH*T IN THE NBA IF THIS TRADE DOESNT GO THROUGH DAVID STERN IS GETTING SUED!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes

I don't use the phrase teabag outloud as much as I'd like. I may employ the term teabag soon.

Jalil Davis
Jalil Davis

I dont understand that When Lebron Chris Bosh and Wade got together they didnt try to stop it.......Man this is so biased we might as well boycott